Let's Do The Twist

Let's Do The Twist

There are 5 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Sep 12, 2008, titled Let's Do The Twist. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Of the No. 1 songs in the 50 years of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "The Twist," by Chubby Checker , left, ranks as the most popular single.

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Pennsauken, NJ

#1 Sep 12, 2008
was the twist done by anyone before chubby checker?

Pennsauken, NJ

#2 Sep 12, 2008
A discussion started about the twist, and it was said that chubby wasn't the first to do the twist.

Athens, Greece

#3 Sep 12, 2008
No comments

Since: May 08

Edmonton, Canada

#4 Sep 12, 2008
For Tazz

The Twist" is a twelve bar blues song that gave birth to the Twist dance craze. The song was written and originally released in 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as a B-side (to “Teardrops on Your Letter”) but was a minor hit. The song, and the dance the Twist, was popularized in 1960 when the song was covered by Chubby Checker. His single became a smash hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960 (one week), and then setting a record by being the only single to reach number one in two different chart runs when it resurfaced and topped the chart again on January 13, 1962 (two weeks).

In 1988, the song "The Twist" became popular once again, due to a new recording of the song by The Fat Boys featuring Chubby Checker. This version reached number two in the United Kingdom and number one in Germany.

Checker re-recorded the song numerous times. An updated 1982 recording (from his album The Change Has Come) was retitled "T-82", and in the 1990s, he recorded a country version. In the late 1970s, he recorded a new version that, except for the sound mix and some minor arrangement changes, was identical to the 1960 original; as a result this later version is often misidentified on compilations as the original recording. Checker also recorded variations on the theme, such as "Let's Twist Again (Like We Did Last Summer)" to keep the craze alive (although "Let's Twist Again" was and has remained more popular than "The Twist" itself in the United Kingdom).

I love doing the twist, and it has to be Chubby's version.



Since: Dec 06


#5 Sep 12, 2008
Chubby Checker was inspired by Fats Domino as far as his name.

Let's Twist again was Chubby's sequel to the Twist.

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