With a little help from locally based hitmaker Dick Clark and his nationwide television show American Bandstand , the year-old former chicken plucker from Philadelphia recorded a virtual carbon copy of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' '58 B-side "The Twist" and gyrated himself to the top of the US charts in the summer of - - losing a good 30 pounds in 14 months getting down at personal appearances. Checker was and is a consummate showman. Subsequently crowned the "King of the Twist" by label and press alike, Checker went on to record a string of variations on a common theme throughout the early '60s -- such as "Slow Twistin'", "Twist It Up", "Twistin' U. And when he needed a break from twistin', you can bet there were plenty of other dances to sing about, including a standout swinging interpretation of Don Covay's "Pony Time". Both It's Pony Time and Let's Twist Again were released during the height of the novelty song dance craze in '61, and are two of Checker's most musically ambitious albums.
Pony Time - Wikipedia
Save item Buy from Amazon UK. A groundbreaking Philadelphia imprint, the label churned out an astonishing number of huge hits most written in-house during its year heyday and turned a gaggle of unknown young locals into stars. Sound familiar? Label honchos Bernie Lowe, Kal Mann and Dave Appell spared no expense, releasing singles with beautiful colour picture sleeves and flooding the market with an unprecedented torrent of LPs.
And everyone knew Chubby Checker. The dance phenomenon and the amiable fellow who popularized it were inextrica-bly twisted together. More than four decades later, that hasn't changed.
Available on iTunes and All Access Downloads. Like Chubby on Facebook. When he was a small boy, his mother took him to see Sugar Child Robinson, a child piano prodigy and also the famous country singer Ernest Tubb. Young Evans was so impressed, that he vowed to someday enter show business and took his first step toward that goal by forming a street corner harmony group when he was only 11 years old. By the time he entered high school, Ernest had learned to play the piano a little at Settlement Music School and could do a number of vocal impressions.