Limbo Rock

Chubby Checker

About Limbo Rock

"Limbo Rock" is a popular song about limbo dancing written by Kal Mann (under the pseudonym Jon Sheldon) and Billy Strange. An instrumental version was first recorded by The Champs in 1961. The first vocal version was recorded in 1962 by Chubby Checker (on Parkway Records): it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks (held out by "Telstar" by The Tornados) and at number one on the Cash Box charts. The Chubby Checker recording also made it to number three on the R&B charts. Checker then released a sequel, "Let's Limbo Some More", in 1963, which peaked at #20 in the Billboard chart. 


Year:
1998
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#2

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Every limbo boy and girl
All around the limbo world
Gonna do the limbo rock
All around the limbo clock
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go under limbo stick
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let's do the limbo rock

Limbo lower now
Limbo lower now
How low can you go

First you spread your limbo feet
Then you move to limbo beat
Limbo ankolimboneee,
Bend back like a limbo tree
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go under limbo stick
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let's do the limbo rock

Get yourself a limbo girl
Give that chic a limbo whirl
There's a limbo moon above
You will fall in limbo love
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go under limbo stick
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let's do the limbo rock

Don't move that limbo bar
You'll be a limbo star
How low can you go

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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: WILLIAM STRANGE

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11 facts about this song

Artist Contribution
The song "Limbo Rock" was originally released as an instrumental by The Champs in 1961. However, the version that gained most popularity was the cover version performed by Chubby Checker in 1962.
Chart-Topping Success
Chubby Checker's rendition of "Limbo Rock" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart within weeks of its release.
Record Label
The song was produced under the label of Parkway Records, a subsidiary of Cameo-Parkway Records, an American record label known for its contributions to rock and roll music.
Influential Dance Moves
The song popularized the dance move called 'The Limbo' in the United States, which involves bending backwards and moving under a horizontal bar without touching it or falling over.
Music Style
"Limbo Rock" is widely recognized as a rock and roll song and also contains elements of calypso, a genre of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago.
Songwriter
Its lyrics were written by Kal Mann, a prominent American songwriter who was known for writing several of Chubby Checker's most successful songs.
Distinctive Lyrics
The chorus "Jack be limbo, Jack be quick" is a play on the nursery rhyme "Jack Be Nimble", indicating a playful and catchy theme.
Film Influence
Chubby Checker's version of the song was featured in his motion picture debut, "Don't Knock the Twist", a musical comedy film released in 1962.
International Fame
The song gained international popularity and has been covered by numerous artists from around the world, including Korean artist Clon in 1996, and the Filipino band Aegis in 1998.
Cultural Impact
In popular culture, the song helped popularize the Limbo dance competition at parties and social gatherings, making it an iconic part of the social dance scene of the 1960s.
Hit Labyrinth
The song also had its success in the United Kingdom where it reached top 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

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