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Chubby Checker

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Ernest Evans (popularly known as Chubby Checker) (born October 3, 1941) is a U.S. singer best known for popularizing the dance The Twist with his 1960 song The Twist.

His pseudonym was given to him by the wife of Dick Clark as a play on the name of Fats Domino.

The Twist was so popular that his public often did not allow him to sing any other style of music. He did popularize many dance songs.

Checker later lamented:

...in a way, The Twist really ruined my life. I was on my way to becoming a big nightclub performer, and The Twist just wiped it out. It got so out of proportion. No one ever believes I have talent.

He attended South Philadelphia High School with Frankie Avalon and Fabian. In 1964, he married Catharina Lodders, who had been Miss World in 1962.

His hit songs include:

  • Jingle Bell Rock (with Bobby Rydell)
  • The Twist
  • Slow Twistin' (with Dee Dee Sharp)
  • Pony Time
  • Let's Twist Again
  • Limbo Rock
  • Dancin' Party

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