Chubby Checker

If the popular opinion that singer Chubby Checker was a one-hit act was to be considered, one had to take into consideration that the hit in question was "The Twist," one of the mightiest dance songs ever recorded, and ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1941 in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

Ally McBeal 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Patti Labelle: Surviving With Soul 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1989 - 1990, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Twist 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hats Off to America 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

56th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

1988 MTV Video Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

JFK -- That Day in November 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Purple People Eater 1988 (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

Shake, Rattle and Roll 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Disneyland's Summer Vacation Party 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Fabian's Good Time Rock 'n' Roll 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Fabian's Good Time Rock 'n' Roll 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark Presents the Rock 'n Roll Years 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

20th Century Follies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Let the Good Times Roll 1972 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

It's Trad, Dad! 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twist Around the Clock 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (17)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

("Pony Time") (Song Performer)

The Help 2011 (Movie)

"Let's Twist Again" (Song Performer)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

("The Twist") (Song Performer)

Son of the Mask 2005 (Movie)

("The Twist") (Song Performer)

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

("Limbo Rock") (Song Performer)

She-Devil 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

She-Devil 1989 (Movie)

("Party Up") (Song Performer)

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

("Pony Time" "The Twist") (Song Performer)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

("Let's Twist Again") (Song Performer)

Lady in White 1988 (Movie)

("Let's Limbo Some More") (Song Performer)

Purple People Eater 1988 (Movie)

(Performer)

Purple People Eater 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Hareemu Ohgen 1984 (Movie)

("Slow Twistin'") (Song Performer)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song Performer)

Big Wednesday 1978 (Movie)

("The Twist") (Song Performer)

Yotzim Kavua 1978 (Movie)

("Let's Twist Again") (Song Performer)

Biography

If the popular opinion that singer Chubby Checker was a one-hit act was to be considered, one had to take into consideration that the hit in question was "The Twist," one of the mightiest dance songs ever recorded, and the only track in history to reach the No. 1 spot on the charts twice in two separate years. The song was also responsible for making dance and pop music socially acceptable among adults, who took to the floors in 1961-62 to follow the lead of celebrities and socialites who embraced the song in clubs across the globe. The truth about Checker was that from 1959 to 1965, he was an astonishingly prolific and successful singer who netted 20 Top 40 hits during his time in the spotlight, including "Pony Time," "Limbo Rock" and "Let's Twist Again." Shifts in music tastes in the late 1960s hobbled Checker's career, and his long association with "The Twist" relegated him to the status of novelty act, which may have prevented his entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for decades. If the prospect galled him, Checker refused to show it, preferring instead to lead the faithful into twisting again at concerts around the world for over four decades.

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