‘The Twist’ is an American pop song written and originally released in early 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as a B-side to ‘Teardrops on Your Letter’. Ballard’s version was a moderate 1960 hit, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. Chubby Checker’s 1960 cover version of the song gave birth to the Twist dance craze. His single became a hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960, where it stayed for one week, and setting a record as the only song to reach number 1 in two different chart runs when it resurfaced and topped the chart again for two weeks starting on January 13, 1962.
Chubby Checker, The Twist
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