Tribute and Variety
Shows are super successful. The buyer gets more bang for the buck, spending the same amount on
4 to 6 names.
The audience gets to hear a variety of artists. Win Win!
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. His showmanship, energy and charm captivates everyone,
pleasing crowds of every age group. He spends an average of 300
days a year on the road, traveling around the world making
Chubby Checker exploded onto the music scene in 1960 and never
looked back. Known as “King of the Twist”, Chubby Checker is
one of the few entertainers who has successfully sustained a
career over three and a half decades. He is as popular today as he
was in 1960 when the Twist first came out. Chubby is a record
breaker who has sold over 250 million records to date. This has
placed him in then number 56 spot in record sales of all time. He
is the only person on the planet who has had the same single
record go number one twice in different years as well as the only
artist ever to have nine double sided hit records.
Chubby Checker was born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941 in Spring
Gulley, South Carolina. He later moved to Philadelphia. As a
teenage, Ernest found a job opening in a produce market on 9th
Street in Philadelphia. When he applied for the job, Tony Anastasi
who was the boss called him Chubby. Ernest said, “Who’s
Chubby? I’m not Chubby.” Tony replied, “You are if you want
the job”... and Ernest Evans became Chubby. Soon after that,
Chubby found another job working in a chicken store. The man who
owned the shop, Henry Colt, liked to set up a microphone so his
young employee could sing songs of the fifties while people
shopped. Coincidentally, Colt had a friend, Kal Mann who was a
songwriter associated with the most recognized recording studio in
the Philadelphia area.
So when Dick Clark asked Mann to write a song and recommend a
singer for a musical Christmas card based on Jingle Bells, Mann
suggested Chubby. While in the studio, Clark’s wife, Barbara
walked in and said to him, “Chubby... Chubby Checker. You’re
going to be Chubby for Fats and Checker for Domino.” And Ernest
Evans received yet another new name and became Chubby Checker for
the rest of time.