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Vocalist
    (October 3, 1941- )
    Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Birth name is Ernest Evans
    Won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance
    Recorded 'The Class' (1959), 'The Twist' (1960), 'The Hucklebuck' (1961), 'Pony Time' (1961), 'Dance The Mess Around' (1961), 'Let's Twist Again' (1961), 'The Fly' (1961), 'Jingle Bell Rock' (1961), 'Slow Twistin'' (1962), 'Dancin' Party' (1962), 'Limbo Rock' (1962), 'Popeye The Hitchhiker' (1962), 'Let's Limbo Some More' (1963), 'Twenty Miles' (1963), 'Birdland' (1963), 'Twist It Up' (1963), 'Loddy Lo' (1963), 'Hooka Tooka' (1964), 'Hey, Bobba Needle' (1964), 'Lazy Elsie Molly' (1964) and 'Let's Do The Freddy' (1965)
    No matter what he does or did, he is only remembered for 'The Twist.'
    His name was a rip off of Fats Domino, and was given to him by Dick Clark's wife.
    Although he is famed for the dance song 'The Twist,' it was originally written and recorded by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.
    He recorded 'The Twist' (June 1959) and it took more than a year before it attracted fans.
    'The Twist' begat a number of spin-off songs such as 'Let's Twist Again,' 'Twist It Up,' 'Slow Twistin',' 'Oliver Twist' and 'Peppermint Twist.'
    Because of the success of his pioneer rock-dance it spawned dozens of such records such as 'The Swim,' 'The Hully Gully,' 'The Fly,' 'The Jerk,' 'The Locomotion,' 'Popeye,' etc.
    Before the twist, teenage boys and teenage girls could hold and grope each other on the dance floor. With 'The Twist' and dance songs afterwards, everyone danced individually.
    'The Twist' had tons of merchandising behind it.
    He advertised for Hershey, Hyundai, Nabisco and Tropicana.
    Nabisco Oreos used 'The Twist' as a promotion for twisting Oreos apart before eating them.
    He half-heartedly said 'The Twist really ruined my life. I was on my way to becoming a big nightclub performer and The Twist just wiped it out.'
    At eight, he sung harmony with his friends on the street corner.
    He played both drums and piano while an adolescent.
    He was boyhood friends with Fabian Forte.
    He worked in a meat factory and impressed his boss with his impressions and musical ability.
    His boss sent a demo called the 'Class' to Dick Clark, who was even more impressed and sent out the song as a 1958 Christmas greeting.
    Hank Ballard was to perform 'The Twist' on 'The Dick Clark Show' but did not show. Dick Clark recommended that someone else cover the song and suggested Danny and the Juniors, but it was a failure. Chubby recorded the song instead.
    He lost thirty pounds in three weeks while promoting 'The Twist.'
    His sequel to 'The Twist,' 'Pony Time' was a quick success also hitting #1.
    'The Twist' was the first record to hit #1 after an absence of a year from the top 10.
    His career of hits spanned 1960-64, but yet forty-five years later the 'Twist' is still a dance anthem at parties.
    You don't have a dance partner? No problem you don't need one to dance 'The Twist.'
    The popularity of the 'Twist' was international, extremely popular with cold war enemy teenagers.
    He performed 'The Twist' at the Super Bowl (1988).
    He recorded a new version of 'The Twist' with The Fat Boys.
    He married Miss World 1962 (Catharina Lodders).
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 21 Votes: 52.38% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 7 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 10 Votes: 30.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 13 Votes: 38.46% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 158 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 19 Votes: 47.37% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 47 Votes: 48.94% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 64 Votes: 39.06% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 77 Votes: 33.77% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 84 Votes: 54.76% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 121 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 242 Votes: 45.04% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 68 Votes: 36.76% Annoying
 
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