In September , "The Twist" topped Billboard ' s list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot since its debut in , an honor it maintained for an August update of the list. He entertained his classmates by performing vocal impressions of popular entertainers of the day, such as Jerry Lee Lewis , Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. It was his boss at the Produce Market, "Tony A. The owner of Fresh Farm Poultry, Henry Colt, was so impressed by the boy's performances for the customers that he, along with his colleague and friend Kal Mann, who worked as a songwriter for Cameo-Parkway Records ,  arranged for young Chubby to do a private recording for American Bandstand host Dick Clark. At this recording session Evans got his stage name from Clark's wife, who asked Evans what his name was. As he had just completed a Fats Domino impression, she smiled and said, "As in Checker? Checker privately recorded a novelty single for Clark in which the singer portrayed a school teacher with an unruly classroom of musical performers.
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In the evenings, on the street corners, he would sing harmony songs with his singing group, The Quantrells. Who knew then that within three years he would get an official name change to " Chubby Checker ," sign a record deal, record a song that would become a 1 hit twice in two different years the only song sung by the same performer ever to gain that status , change the way people would move forever, give rock 'n' roll its first official dance, and unleash a mania that is very rare in the music industry? He literally invented dancing apart for the music of the youth that allowed people to be expressive on their own, yet not be self-conscious. Everyone grabbed on; it spread nationally, then internationally
If all the people who have seen Chubby Checker perform through the years stood side by side they would encircle the globe many times over. And, no matter who among them was asked, there would be no question that Chubby Checker is the most dynamic, charismatic entertainer in he world today. His ability to electrify an audience puts him in a class of his own.
Checker performed on the Philadelphia streets before signing with Cameo-Parkway Records in and recording his version of Hank Ballard's "The Twist. Checker still performs today and was featured in a popular ad for Nabisco's Oreo cookies. Checker's family moved to Philadelphia, and as a young boy, he worked various jobs shining shoes, selling ice and assisting in a butcher's shop. Because of his heavy build, he got his nickname, Chubby, while working as a teen at Tony Anastazi's Produce Store. With a natural gift for imitation, he enjoyed impersonating the styles of his musical heroes Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.