Hartt & Soul Productions Presents: Benefitting One World
Early Show : 7:00 PM
Late Show : 9:30 PM
Born Ernest Evans and inspired by Ernest Tubb, Chubby Checker 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. And the rest, as they say, is history. His breakthrough hit, ‘The Twist‘ made Checker the only artist to have a song be a number one hit – twice! He introduced the concept of ‘dancing apart to the beat,’ inspiring the all of the different dance crazes that helped define a generation. At the forefront was Checker with ‘The Fly,’ ‘The Pony,’ and ‘The Hucklebuck.’ The next few years were prolific for the singer as hit after hit rolled in: Checker’s, ‘Pony Time,’ went straight to number one and stayed on the charts for 16 weeks; his song, ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ went Platinum; he is the only artist to have nine double-sided hits; and he is the only artist to have five albums in the Top 12 all at once. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored Checker with a special award presentation in 2008. In between recording and touring, he took time to add feature films to his repertoire with the releases of Don’t Knock The Twist, and Twist Around The Clock. In more recent years, Checker returned to the top of the Billboard Dance Chart with the number one track, ‘Knock Down The Walls.’ This song introduced the legend to a whole new audience with its powerful straight ahead rock tempo, which perfectly captured his continuous musical evolution.