The Twist

October 22nd Celebrates The Twist

Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate Chubby Checkers appears on the Ed Sullivan Show on October 22nd 1961, performing ‘The Twist.’

If you’ve been following my blog, I wrote about Ed Sullivan’s birthday not too long ago. How he was born and raised in Harlem New York, and had a deep appreciation for black performers growing up.

Eventually when he was the host of his own show, Ed Sullivan became the first American television host to introduce black performers on his television show.

The song called “Twist” is been around for a very long time. Songs about doing the Twist went back to nineteenth-century including “Grape Vine Twist” from far back as 1844.

However all takes is someone with a lot talent to put a new twist on any song, no pun intended.

Chubby Checker’s 1960 cover version of the song gave birth to the Twist dance craze. His single became a hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960, where it stayed for one week.

In 2014, Billboard magazine declared the song the “biggest hit” of the 1960s.

Chubby Checker, born Ernest Evans, on October 3, 1941, is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard’s R&B hit “The Twist”.

How did Ernest Evans get his stage name Chubby Checkers?

Dick Clark’s wife who came up with the name Checker a reference to the similarity between the portly singer and Fats Domino.
Today’s YouTube video presented to you by user name NRR Archive 2, is Chubby Checkers appearing on the Dick Clark show on August 8th 1960, performing, The Twist.

Although Checker recorded many more songs in the following years, none ever matched the success of “The Twist.” He continued to capitalize on the Twist theme with similarly titled songs, such as “Let’s Twist Again,” “Twistin’ U.S.A.” and “Twist It Up” in the early 1960s. He also starred in two films featuring the Twist sensation, Twist Around the Clock (1961) and Don’t Knock the Twist (1962).

As we remember the “Twist” in Rock Roll History, of Chubby Checkers appearing on Ed Sullivan show on October 22nd 1961.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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