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This Day in Music: Let’s Do “The Twist”

This Week in Music reports that on this day in 1960 Chubby Checker appeared on American Bandstand and performed “The Twist.” The YouTube link has a slight different date (August 8).

This Week in Music says that “The Twist” holds an interesting distinction: It was the only song to reach the top of “the charts” — almost certainly Billboard, but the item doesn’t specify — twice. It was number one in 1960 and 1962. Checker’s version was actually a cover. The song had been a hit for its writer, Hank Ballard.

The YouTube clip offers some interesting in-studio commentary by Dick Clark before he introduces Checker. Here is more about Checker, whose real name is Ernest Evans.

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