Label: Parkway - P-7045 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Compilation, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Rock & Roll
American Bandstand booked Hank Ballard to sing a minor hit, The Twistoriginally a B-side, which got flipped and reached 28 in the US chart in Ballard declined to appear on TV without his group, The Midnighters, so Bandstand booked a young local Philadelphia singer to cover the song Battlefields - Kladovest - Kladovest air, and his version got to 1 in SeptemberAnd then again in Januaryand was a The Bossa Nova - Chubby Checker - The Chubby Checker Discotheque again in in a version with The Fat Boys.
It changed the world, popularized solo dancing, and sent many ballroom dancing classes clean out of business. Checker was bright, personable, energetic with a light easy voice. He also got stuck with trying to follow the success with dance after dance from the limbo to the fly to the pony. This Toppermost will mainly be singles. Chubby Checker had already released The Class before The Twistwhich is a mixture of rhythmic chatting, nursery rhyme and impersonation extracts from songs like Teddy Bear and Hound Dog.
The Hucklebuck was a cover of an older dance craze, dating back When I Was - Kingdom Come - Magnified the s.
Tommy Dorsey did it inFrank Sinatra re-did it with lyrics in and then Louis Armstrong did a version, as did blues singer Earl Hooker. They were both in their forties. Lowe and Mann co-owned the label. Checker was manipulated, very much part of a system, but he had records in there worth listening to. Avoid that one. Black Cloud is a gospel-tinged song that I bought new and have always loved. It was the B-side of Birdlandbut is easily my favourite of his songs. Those dance instruction songs dominated the A-sides.
Cameo-Parkway is an odd label. The Sunbeam label exhumed it in Cameo-Parkway has been ill-served with reissues, being without an official distributor for years.
Chubby Checker biography iTunes. The above listing is in chronological order. Maybe someone can fill in with the dance craze tracks from before? Bill Haley toppermost perhaps …. A little more on those Bandstand origins. Ballard insisted that The Midnighters be brought on to mime with him. Nice one, Peter. A quick thumbs up for this great Northern stomper from Mr. Your email address will not be published. The Bossa Nova - Chubby Checker - The Chubby Checker Discotheque site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
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