Chubby Checker, born Ernest Evans, started his musical career as a child and created a street harmony group when he was 11. In high school he learned to play the piano and gave spontaneous concerts at his after school jobs. Chubby did impressions of top recording stars and this work led to his first hit called "The Class' in early 1959.
He wrote "The Twist" in 1959 and promoted it heavily through television dates, interviews and performances. It became a hit fourteen months later in the summer of 1960. The next few years were prolific for Chubby and his hits included "Pony Time," "The Fly" and " "Let's Twist Again" for which he won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance. "Slow Twistin'," Dancin' Party," "Popeye The Hitchhiker" and "The Limbo Rock" all came along in 1962.
Chubby stayed active through the 2000's and in 2007 returned to the charts with "Knock Down the Walls," Billboard's #1 dance track. The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame gave Chubby a special award presentation at which he performed for audiences to everyone's delight.
Now is the 50th anniversary of "The Twist" and it's the fans and the energy he derives from singing and dancing that keeps Chubby going and he never wants it to end.