Born Ernest Evans on October 3, , in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, he worked in a local poultry shop while in high school, and while on the job often entertained customers by singing and cracking jokes. His workplace antics helped win an audition with the local Cameo-Parkway label, who signed the fledgling singer in ; at the suggestion of no less than Dick Clark's wife, the portly youth was re-christened Chubby Checker, the name a sly reference to Fats Domino. Checker's first single, "The Class," showcased his skills as an impressionist; while the record became a minor novelty hit, none of its immediate follow-ups were successful. The single rocketed to number one during the autumn of , remaining on the charts for four months; some time after it dropped off, it slowly returned to prominence, and in late it hit number one again; the only record ever to enjoy two stays at the top more than a year apart.
Available on iTunes and All Access Downloads. Like Chubby on Facebook. When he was a small boy, his mother took him to see Sugar Child Robinson, a child piano prodigy and also the famous country singer Ernest Tubb. Young Evans was so impressed, that he vowed to someday enter show business and took his first step toward that goal by forming a street corner harmony group when he was only 11 years old. By the time he entered high school, Ernest had learned to play the piano a little at Settlement Music School and could do a number of vocal impressions. He also went to South Philadelphia High School with his friend Fabian Forte, who would have show business success of his own.
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Photo: Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Our Top 10 Chubby Checker songs list looks back at an artist who single handily started a dance craze that engulfed the music business in like none before. There are not many moments in classic rock history when one song could become so influential that hundreds of artists would jump on the bandwagon and release singles and full length albums capitalizing on the momentum and popularity of one song.