How old is singer chubby checkers

His first two singles, "The Class" and "Dancing Dinosaur" were minor hits. Cameo encouraged him to make his own version of "The Twist," a song originally written and performed by Hank Ballard, which was already having modest success on the charts. But it was Checker's version and his accompanying dance routine that gave the song new life. He was dubbed "The King of the Twist. As a dance movement, "The Twist" revolutionized popular culture by giving couples the freedom to break apart on the dance floor. In January , it topped the chart again.

Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker - Singer - Biography

He entertained his classmates by performing vocal impressions of popular entertainers of the day, such as Jerry Lee Lewis , Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. It was his boss at the Produce Market, "Tony A. The owner of Fresh Farm Poultry, Henry Colt, was so impressed by the boy's performances for the customers that he, along with his colleague and friend Kal Mann, who worked as a songwriter for Cameo-Parkway Records , [6] arranged for young Chubby to do a private recording for American Bandstand host Dick Clark. At this recording session Evans got his stage name from Clark's wife, who asked Evans what his name was. As he had just completed a Fats Domino impression, she smiled and said, "As in Checker? Clark sent the song out as his Christmas greeting, and it received such good response that Cameo-Parkway signed Checker to a recording contract.

CHECKER, Chubby

He then turned to the chicken-plucking business for a time while amassing fame in his neighborhood for his accurate impressions of singers Fats Domino , Jerry Lee Lewis , and Elvis Presley. Performing at work, in church, and on the streets by night with his harmonizing group, the Quantrells, Chubby—as he was nicknamed because of his portly build—was eventually offered a recording contract by Cameo Records. Worked as a shoe shiner and in a produce and poultry business in Philadelphia, PA. Recording artist and concert performer, —.
Born Ernest Evans on October 3, , in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, he worked in a local poultry shop while in high school, and while on the job often entertained customers by singing and cracking jokes. His workplace antics helped win an audition with the local Cameo-Parkway label, who signed the fledgling singer in ; at the suggestion of no less than Dick Clark 's wife, the portly youth was re-christened Chubby Checker , the name a sly reference to Fats Domino. Checker 's first single, "The Class," showcased his skills as an impressionist; while the record became a minor novelty hit, none of its immediate follow-ups were successful.
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