Songwriters Hall Of Fame 45th Annual Induction And Awards - Show

Chubby Checker recorded the definitive versions of “The Twist” and “Let’s Twist Again,” two of the most iconic singles in the history of rock. “Let’s Twist Again” was also the first rock song to win a Grammy. Is that enough to get him into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? Apparently not. Checker (born Ernest Evans) remains on the outside of Jann Wenner’s hallowed compound, and he ain’t happy about it. In an interview with the AP at this week’s Songwriters Hall Of Fame gala in New York, Checker, 72, essentially demanded induction before he gets too old to perform or dies off. His exact words: “I don’t want to get in there when I’m 85-years old. I’ll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I’m still smiling.” He added, “The Rolling Stones, they’re in there. The Beastie Boys are in there, they’re young. Hall and Oates were just in there and they’re still making money.” In other words: Come on, baby!

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Comments (5)
  1. Chubby Checker absolutely deserves to be in the hall. He may have beat the twist until it was limp and bloody (Twistin Round the Globe), but he practically invented novelty dance music, had 5 records in the top 12 at one point, has some great over looked early records, and was a hell of a performer. I saw him once at a County Fair and everyone, EVERYONE, in the audience was dancing 5 years to 80. Not many performers can do that.

  2. Chubby Checker is one of those guys i just assumed was already in the hall of fame and got in a long time ago. He sure deserves to be there

  3. Did you know that Chubby tried to get the Hall’s attention by auditioning to sing with NIRVANA at their induction? His version of Aneurysm was awful.

  4. “Chubby Checker” would be a good name for a weight loss app

  5. The Original was already inducted. Chubby just cleaned it up for the white folk like Dick Clark. Hank was too dangerous to be made a star.

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