Why Famous: Chubby Checker will forever be remembered for kicking off a dance craze that took hold of the early countercultural generation in the 1960s. In 1960 he released “The Twist”, a cover of a song by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters.
Checker’s song topped the Billboard Hot 100 twice, and kicked off the Twist dance craze, which spread around the world. He would repeat the success – though not on the same level – with the song “Pony Time” in 1961.
“The Twist” was voted the most popular song in the history of the Billboard 100 in 2008, and it again had that honor in 2013.