Chubby Checker's 1962 release "Your Twist Party" capitalized on the international dance craze his version of "The Twist" caused in 1960. Checker, whose name is a clever reference to his greatest influence, Fats Domino, covered "The Twist," a Hank Ballard and the Midnighters B-side. A hit sensation in the fall of 1960, the film "Twist Around the Clock" made it a hit again in late 1961 - the only record ever to accomplish topping the charts twice, more than a year apart. The choreography created for "The Twist" was rock-and-roll's first official dance. Instead of a traditional couples dance, the Twist encouraged people to dance apart and express themselves individually while twisting around the dance floor. This style of dancing, new to white American teenagers, struck a chord with teens trying to be different, while some parents regarded it as a threat. Civil rights activist Eldridge Cleaver commented on the dance's popularity: "[It was] a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia."
|Manufacturer||Cameo-Parkway Records, Inc.|
|Material||printed cardboard | vinyl | printed paper|
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