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Chubby Checker

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Category: Music - Popular
Reference No: 9516
Status: Available
Price: £10.00
  Chubby Checker

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American Rock and Roll singer, real name Ernest Evans,  best known for popularizing the dance The Twist with his 1960 song "The Twist".

Born in South Carolina, and raised in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Checker attended South Philadelphia High School with Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

"The Twist" (which had previously been a minor rhythm and blues hit for its author, Hank Ballard) was, sadly for Checker, so popular that his public often did not allow him to sing any other style of music. He 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.

Checker is the only recording artist to have five albums in the Top 12 all at once.

(The wife of American Bandstand's host Dick Clark suggested the name "Chubby Checker" to Evans as a take-off on the hugely popular singer Fats Domino.)

This is a bold signature in black ink on a 5" x 3" white card. In excellent condition.