Chubby Checker is the stage name of Ernest Evans (October 3, 1941 - ), an American singer best known for popularizing the dance The Twist with his 1960 song "The Twist".
He was born in Spring Gully, South Carolina and grew up in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended South Philadelphia High School with Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Evans chose the name "Chubby Checker" as a take-off on then-popular singer Fats Domino. In 1964, he married Catharina Lodders, who had been Miss World in 1962.
Checker later lamented: :...in a way, "The Twist" really ruined my life. I was on my way to becoming a big nightclub performer, and "The Twist" just wiped it out. It got so out of proportion. No one ever believes I have talent.
He is the only recording artist to have five albums in the Top 12 all at once. He is the only artist to have a song reach #1 twice - "The Twist". He is hailed by many to have changed the way we dance to the beat of music since 1959.