While he was raised in South Philadelphia, Ernest Evans was born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina on October 3, 1941. Adopting the name Chubby Checker, he would become a star after recording the multi million seller “The Twist” and popularizing a dance craze that would sweep the world.
In 1958 his recording of “The Class” at the start of his career demonstrated Chubby’s unique ability to imitate such acts as The Coasters, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Frankie Avalon, Fabian Forte and even the Chipmunks, as he sang “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” It would be his first time on the Hit Parade.
In 1960 Chubby Checker recorded “The Twist,” a multi million seller that is still popular today. It would establish him as the only artist during the rock era to have the same recording reach #1 twice, in 1960 and again in 1962. Landing on the Hit Parade thirty five times over three decades, Chubby capitalized on several dances, including “The Hucklebuck” in 1960, “Pony Time,” “Let’s Twist Again” and “The Fly” in 1961. “Slow Twistin’,” “Limbo Rock” and “Popeye The Hitchhiker” in 1962. Among his 35 visits to the Hit Parade, were “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Twenty Miles,” “Dancin’ Party”, “Birdland” “Loddy Lo” and “Let’s Do The Freddie.”
“Lets Twist Again” gave Chubby a Grammy award in 1961 for being the Best Rock and Roll Solo Performance and the Artists Music Guild presented him with the prestigious Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. In 2007, Chubby Checker was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
Chubby Checker and wife Catherine, a former Miss World of 1962, along with their four children still call Philadelphia home.
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