During the early s Checker had thirty more chart hits. Evans attracted the attention of Dick Clark, host of the national television show American Bandstand, in the late s. Clark wanted to send out a Christmas phonograph record to friends, one that consisted of holiday greetings from singers imitating rock and roll stars. This dance was unknown outside the African American community, where it had achieved some popularity. The associated dance craze crossed over to the mainstream and became an international phenomenon, spawning records of the same genre by many artists in the United States and abroad. Checker has continued to tour and perform, relying on varying combinations of nostalgia and new material.
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Checker performed on the Philadelphia streets before signing with Cameo-Parkway Records in and recording his version of Hank Ballard's "The Twist. Checker still performs today and was featured in a popular ad for Nabisco's Oreo cookies. Checker's family moved to Philadelphia, and as a young boy, he worked various jobs shining shoes, selling ice and assisting in a butcher's shop. Because of his heavy build, he got his nickname, Chubby, while working as a teen at Tony Anastazi's Produce Store. With a natural gift for imitation, he enjoyed impersonating the styles of his musical heroes Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. He began performing in churches and on the streets with his singing group, The Quantrells, and soon attracted the attention of music executives in Philadelphia. Checker signed with Cameo-Parkway Records in His first two singles, "The Class" and "Dancing Dinosaur" were minor hits. Cameo encouraged him to make his own version of "The Twist," a song originally written and performed by Hank Ballard, which was already having modest success on the charts.
Available on iTunes and All Access Downloads. Like Chubby on Facebook. When he was a small boy, his mother took him to see Sugar Child Robinson, a child piano prodigy and also the famous country singer Ernest Tubb. Young Evans was so impressed, that he vowed to someday enter show business and took his first step toward that goal by forming a street corner harmony group when he was only 11 years old.
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