Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker

Highest Rated: 100% Ring-A-Ding Rhythm (1962)

Lowest Rated: 11% Calendar Girl (1993)

Birthday: Oct 3, 1941

Birthplace: Spring Gulley, South Carolina, USA

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.

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wildwood Days Unknown (Character) - 2005
11% 31% Calendar Girl Self $2.5M 1993
38% 40% Twist Self $8.9K 1992
No Score Yet 59% The Purple People Eater Chubby Checker (Character) - 1988
100% No Score Yet Ring-A-Ding Rhythm Self - 1962
No Score Yet 11% Don't Knock the Twist Self - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Teenage Millionaire Unknown (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 29% Twist Around the Clock Self - 1961

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 90% Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
61% 75% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 41% Murphy Brown Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 85% Quantum Leap Himself (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1962 1973