The Twist

Chubby Checker

About The Twist

"The Twist" is an American pop song written and originally released in early 1959 (having been recorded on November 11, 1958) by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as a B-side to "Teardrops on Your Letter". Ballard's version was a moderate 1960 hit, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. Chubby Checker's 1960 cover version of the song gave birth to the Twist dance craze. His single became a hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960, where it stayed for one week, and setting a record as the only song to reach number 1 in two different hit parade runs when it resurfaced and topped the popular hit parade again for two weeks starting on January 13, 1962. In 1988, "The Twist" again became popular due to a new recording of the song by The Fat Boys featuring Chubby Checker. This version reached number 2 in the United Kingdom and number 1 in Germany. In 2014, Billboard magazine declared the song the "biggest hit" of the 1960s. 


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1998
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Come on baby, let's do the twist
Come on baby, let's do the twist
Take me by my little hand and go like this
Eh ah twist baby, baby twist
Ooh yeah just like this
Come on little miss and do the twist

My daddy is  sleepin' and mama ain't around
Yeah daddy's just sleepin' and mama ain't around
We're gonna twistin', twistin', twistin'
'Til we tear the house down
Come on and twist yeah baby twist
Ooh yeah just like this
Come on little miss and do the twist, eya

Yeah you should see my little sis
You should see my, my little sis
She really knows how to rock
She knows how to twist

Come on and twist, yeah baby twist
Ooh yeah just like this
Come on little miss and do the twist
Yeah rock on now
Yeah twist on now
Twist

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Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans, October 3, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist". In September 2008 "The Twist" topped Billboard's list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958. more »

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Written by: Hank Ballard

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5 facts about this song

Music History
1. "The Twist" was originally written and performed by Hank Ballard and The Midnighters in 1959. 2. Chubby Checker's version of the song was first released in 1960 and it became an instant hit. 3. The Fat Boys also recorded a version of the song in collaboration with Chubby Checker in 1988.
Song Popularity
4. Chubby Checker's recording of "The Twist" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 twice, in 1960 and again in 1962. 5. It is the only single to have achieved this feat in the Billboard chart's history. 6. The song's success led to a dance craze in the early 1960s known as "the twist dance craze."
Cultural Impact
7. The song's popularity led to the creation of additional twist songs and albums, including "Twistin' the Night Away" by Sam Cooke and "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles. 8. The twist dance trend was a major influence on dance styles in disco and rock and roll. 9. The song, especially Chubby Checker's version, is considered a significant piece of American pop culture.
Awards and Recognition
10. "The Twist" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. 11. In 2008, the song topped Billboard's list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut. 12. Rolling Stone magazine ranked "The Twist" at number 451 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.
Notable Performances
13. Chubby Checker performed "The Twist" on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1961, further fueling its national popularity. 14. The Fat Boys and Chubby Checker's version of the song was featured in the 1988 film "Twins" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.

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