We all know it and we’ve all swiveled our hips low to the floor while hearing [lastfm]Chubby Checker[/lastfm]’s memorable dance-a-long “Let’s Do The Twist.” Even 50 years later, Chubby is still sparking up fans’ whirling desires, inviting everyone to “twist again” in a celebratory performance of the tune.
Catch his hometown performance celebrating 50 years of “twistory”!
[lastfm]Chubby Checker[/lastfm] swirled into stardom after the release of his famous dance hit, “The Twist,” on July 9, 1960. The dance became a pop culture sensation after Checker performed the single on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in his hometown of Philadelphia.
The song revolutionized how couples danced at the time, popularizing moving to the beat while apart, something that’s the norm today.
Checker commented, “When you’re on the floor dancing to Lady Gaga, Chubby Checker is there.”
He threw a special anniversary performance at the Philadelphia City Hall on Friday to mark the song’s milestone. The crowd all twisted along in delight, some even invited onstage with Checker to show off their best moves.
So grease up those dance shoes, show off your twisting skills and “Let’s Do The Twist”!
Watch Chubby Checker perform the hit 50 years ago!