Thursday, May 31, 2012

Double Chubby Checker


From Real Gone Music comes a reissued Chubby Checker twofer containing the 1961 releases It's Pony Time and Let's Twist Again. The albums were the third and fourth of Checker's career.

Oddly, rather than starting the reissue program with Checker's (and the Parkway label's) first two albums (1960's Twist with Chubby Checker and 1961's For Twisters Only), the series jump-starts with the twister's third and fourth albums. Checker ignited a worldwide dance craze with his chart-topping cover of Hank Ballard's "The Twist," and hit the Top 20 again with a cover of the 1940's dance number, "The Hucklebuck." With his third album, he once again topped the charts with a novelty dance number, "Pony Time." The album also yielded the lower-charting "Dance This Mess Around." Later that year, he dropped his third of four albums for 1961, and with it scored a Top 10 (and a Grammy award) with "Let's Twist Again." He'd continue to ride novelty dance songs onto the charts into the mid-60s, including a return trip to #1 with his original recording of "The Twist."

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