Chubby Checker
Appearing on American Bandstand in 1962

The Twist
#1 in 1962


Ernest Evans born October 3, 1941, in Spring Gulley, South Caroline and was raised in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The wife of American Bandstand's host Dick Clark suggested the name "Chubby Checker" to Evans as a take-off on then-popular singer Fats Domino. "The Twist", which had previously been a minor rhythm and blues hit for its author, Hank Ballard, was so popular that his public often did not allow him to sing any other style of music. He did popularize many dance songs.In the 1980's he opened his own restaurant, which he continues to run, as well as singing on a regular basis.
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