Today in 1960, Chubby Checker reached number one on the Billboard charts, with his hit ‘ The Twist’. It also led to the dance craze known as ‘the twist’, perhaps the first real dance launched by song, before the moonwalk, vogue, or the dougie.
What many forget is that Chubby Checker didn’t actually write ‘The Twist’, that honor belonged to Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. They were also the first to record it, to moderate success. Checker made it the hit it is today.