It went to 1 and stayed on the charts for 16 weeks. Chubby Checker merchandise was everywhere, and included T-shirts, shoes, ties, dolls, raincoats, and chewing gum. Evans attracted the attention of Dick Clark, host of the national television show American Bandstand, in the late s. In , the singer was perfecting his Fats Domino impression in the recording studio of Dick Clark of American Bandstand fame. We work diligently to ensure that our numbers are the most accurate celebrity net worth data you will find anywhere on the internet.
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Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) (1941– )
Share Adjust Comment Print. Chubby Checker recorded other songs during the rest of the decade but none proved as popular as "The Twist. Cameo-Parkway liked it so much that they wrote a song called "The Class" and it became Chubby's first hit in early Get the news you need to start your day. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. Philly's Chubby Checker got his name thanks to the late Fats Domino. More hit records followed.
What keeps this artist going? A native of South Carolina, Ernest Evans grew up in Philadelphia performing for classmates along with friends such as future teen idol Fabian Forte. Q: You seem to be pretty comfortable with where you are in life. Due to his close relationship with Clark and a savvy record label, Checker was well positioned to continue as the King of Dance King. He is survived by eight children, according to Forbes.
That television performance, Checker said, was life-changing When Fats Domino died at age 89 on Oct. When he indcated "my friends call me Chubby," she playfully responded, "Like in Checker? Dick Clark also was responsible for Checker's big break. However, Chubby felt "The Twist" was something special and worked hard promoting the record by undertaking non-stop rounds of TV dates, interviews and live performances.