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Friday, August 14, 2009

King of the Twist (and Beef) Comes to Portland

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 11:23 AM


On Thursday, August 20 at 6 pm, the legendary Chubby Checker will make an appearance at Music Millennium to do a CD signing. Chubby Checker is a legitimate legend, and nobody knows it better than Chubby himself—a few years ago, he took out a full-page ad in Billboard that was in effect a tirade against the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, demanding they erect a giant statue of him in front of the museum. He claims to have revolutionized not just music, but dancing: Before "The Twist," couples always danced together, in physical contact with each other, but after "The Twist" they danced separately, and still do to this day. I don't know if that is statue-worthy, but to be fair, he kind of has a point.

Chubby is now celebrating his twilight years, not by doing the Twist, but by hawking beef jerky and steaks from his website. Want to buy a tenderloin from Chubby Checker? It only costs $141.48 for a box of 12. And on the way to checkout, you can pick up a CD too!

There's a CD, though, that you can't buy on his website. The Chequered! album came out in 1971, and was the Twistman's surprisingly soulful stab at acid rock. (Checker apparently hates it, refusing to talk about it.) It was obscure at the time of its release, only being initially released overseas, but it's become a bit of a cult classic amongst music collectors. Check out one of the tracks:


Chubby Checker - "Goodbye Victoria"

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