Audiences will be twisting the night away at Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino during a Chubby Checker show April 8.
Chubby Checker, born Ernest Evans, was a musical talent from early childhood. By the age of eight he was in a street-corner harmony group in South Philadelphia. In high school, he was taking piano lessons and would entertain classmates by impersonating artists like Elvis and Fats Domino.
He got his break when he had an opportunity to do a private recording for American Bandstand’s Dick Clark. He was signed to a record deal soon after and “The Class” became his first single in 1959.
In 1960, Checker’s version of “The Twist” was released and became a No. 1 smash hit. (The song had previously been recorded by its author, Hank Ballard.) The song and the dance were featured on “American Bandstand,” which helped contribute to its popularity.
Checker followed up with other dance-friendly songs like "The Hucklebuck,” "The Fly,” "Dance the Mess Around" and "Pony Time,” which became his second chart-topping single.
Checker released another "twist" single, "Let's Twist Again,” which won the 1961 Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Solo Vocal Performance. A 1962 duet with Dee Dee Sharp, "Slow Twistin'", reached No. 3 on the charts. "Limbo Rock" hit No. 2 in 1962.
Checker has continued to tour over the years. In 2013 he released a new single, "Changes," via iTunes.
Don’t miss your chance to see the legendary Chubby Checker in concert at Bluesville this spring.