1970 – In 1970, The Beatles had their last original single, “The Long and Winding Road,” hit number 1. Since then, they’ve had moderate success with “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “Back in the USSR” (1976), “The Beatles’ Movie Medley” (1982), “Twist and Shout” (1986, because of its inclusion in the movies, […]
2003 – Chubby Checker, the ’60s rocker best known for “The Twist” and other variations on that theme, sues Aspex Eyewear, claiming they are using a soundalike singer in their TV commercials.
2003 – Twisted Sister announce they are reforming to do a USO tour of military bases in Korea.
1980 – Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. The groups third US No.1, it went on to sell over 8 million copies. The Wall is a rock opera presented as a double album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in late 1979. It […]
1975 – On this day Bob Dylan records an appearance on the TV special The World of John Hammond, saluting the A&R man who signed him to Columbia. He sings “Hurricane,” “Oh Sister,” and “Simple Twist of Fate.”
1971 – The great King Curtis (“Soul Twist”) is stabbed to death in New York. As well as playing for the Coasters and blowing on his own hits, Curtis led Aretha Franklin’s band the Kingpins.
1962 – The Isley Brothers hits #2 on the R&B chart and #17 on the pop chart with “Twist and Shout”.
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 […]
1961 – Chubby Checker sings “The Twist” on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.” Chubby Checker sings his 1960 No. 1 hit, “The Twist,” on Ed Sullivan’s variety show. His appearance boosted sales of the record, which became increasingly popular until January, when the song hit No. 1 again, making “The Twist” the only record ever to […]
1961 – Runaround Sue (Dion) was a hit on this day in rock history! Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter who blended elements of doo-wop, pop, and R&B styles. Early years Dion was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx. As a child, he used […]
1960 – The Philadelphia Orphan’s Court tells hit-maker Chubby Checker that his allowance will be raised from $150 to $200. Checker, only 19, is still a ward of the court, despite having a huge hit with “The Twist.”
1960 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “The Twist,” Chubby Checker. The song is the only one to go to No. 1 in two separate runs (it hits again in 1962) and stays on the Hot 100 for 38 weeks. The song is first recorded by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters.