1962 – Chubby Checker tops the singles charts…

Chubby Checker does the ‘Twist’

1962 – Chubby Checker tops the singles charts with “The Twist.Chubby Checker went back to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Twist’. The song first went to No.1 in Sept 1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the charts on two separate occasions.

“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).

Accolades

According to Billboard Magazine, “The Twist” held the honor of being #1 on Billboard’s list of “The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs” in the first 50 years of the Hot 100 chart.

The song is ranked #451 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song is featured on the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack released May 1, 2007.

Quotations

* “Come on, baby, let’s do the twist!”
* “Take the world by the hand and do the twist!” – line from The Fat Boys’ version

Editions

* USA: Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: “Teardrops on Your Letter” b/w “The Twist” 1959
* USA: Chubby Checker: “The Twist” b/w “Toot” Parkway 811; 7/60
* USA: Chubby Checker: “The Twist” b/w “Twistin’ USA” Parkway 811; 11/61

Lyrics:

Come on baby let’s do the twist
Come on baby let’s do the twist
Take me by my little hand and go like this
Ee-oh twist baby baby twist
Oooh-yeah just like this
Come on little miss and do the twist

My daddy is sleepin’ and mama ain’t around
Yeah daddy is sleepin’ and mama ain’t around
We’re gonna twisty twisty twisty
‘Til we turn the house down
Come on and twist yeah baby twist
Oooh-yeah just like this
Come on little miss and do the twist

Yeah you should see my little Sis
You should see my my little Sis
She really knows how to rock
She knows how to twist
Come on and twist yeah baby twist
Oooh-yeah just like this
Come on little miss and do the twist
Yeah rock on now
Yeah twist on now
Twist.

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