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August 27, 2012

Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again (1961)

Born as Ernest Evans in South Carolina, this artist received his stage name from Dick Clark’s wife, whom he had just done an impression of Fats Domino for. When she asked him his name, he replied that his friends called him ‘Chubby’. She replied, “As in ‘Checker’?,” joking about the “fat” first name and board-game last name. He gained monumental stardom with the release of his 1960 hit cover-song, “The Twist,” starting a national dance craze with his version of the Hank Ballard original. The song would slowly gain the acceptance of adults around the nation, and thus helped propel rock and roll music to something for more than just teenagers.

Following the enormous success of “The Twist” in 1960, Parkway Records used writer Kal Mann and producer Dave Appell to hopefully create another hit for Checker the following year. The resulting song, heard below, was a large success, reaching number eight in the United States and number one in the United Kingdom. It also went on the receive the 1962 Grammy Award for “Best Rock & Roll Recording”.

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Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again (1961)

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Lyrics:

Come on, everybody!
Clap your hands
Aw, you're lookin’ good
I'm gonna sing my song
It won't take long
We’re gonna do The Twist
And it goes like this:

Come on, let's twist again
Like we did last summer
Yeah, let's twist again
Like we did last year
Do you remember when
Things were really hummin'?
Yeah, let's twist again
Twistin' time is here

Around ‘n’ ‘round and up ‘n’ down we go again
Oh baby, make me know
You love me so

And twist again
Like we did last summer
Come on, let's twist again
Like we did last year

(Twist!)

Who’s that flyin up there?
Is it a bird? (No!)
Is it a plane? (No!)
Is it The Twister? (Yeah!)

Yeah, twist again
Like we did last summer
Come on, let's twist again
Like we did last year
Do you remember when
Things were really hummin'?
Come on, let's twist again
Twistin' time is here

Yeah, ‘round ‘n’ ‘round ‘n’ up ‘n’ down we go again
Oh baby, make me know
You love me so

Come on, twist again
Like we did last summer
Girl, let's twist again
Like we did last year

Come on, let’s twist again
Twistin’ time is here

2 comments:

  1. It's great to see / hear abitlikeyouandme back up and running. We were hurting at work listening to endless cartoon sountracks from a coworker's cubicle. Is it my imagination or are the new posts a bit more upbeat than before? I feel a new energy here and keep up the great blog!!!

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    1. Thank you! Glad you're enjoying. Though the upbeat part may be your imagination, because later in the day you posted this, "Tragedy" by Thomas Wayne was featured. Not upbeat in the least!

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