Chubby Checker & the Wildcats step on the stage to demonstrate charisma and a unique quality that can never be equaled when he comes to The Playhouse on Rodney Square (previously named the DuPont Theatre) on March 21 as part of the Broadway Series.
In 2 minutes & 42 Seconds, Chubby Checker revolutionized popular Culture and changed the Music Business forever. When he appeared on American Bandstand in 1960 and performed "The Twist," it was the dawn of a new era in Rock and Roll. Dancing Apart to the Beat was born and teenagers found a new way to express themselves.
Chubby's Dance Style has extended from Woodstock, thru Disco to the present day. He stands alone as a one of a kind Rock Icon, who has had 36 Hit Records, is the only artist to have a single go to the number # 1 position twice in two different years. According to Billboard, The Twist is the # 1 Single for the whole Decade of the 60's. As a matter of fact The Twist has been the #1 song for 55 years in a row. The next song to be nominated for the #1 position for 50 years will be in 2063. What that means is that The Twist by Chubby Checker will be #1 for 105 years.
Chubby was awarded the first Platinum Single, the first Rock Grammy and has sold an astounding 250,000,000 records over the years. That's why Dick Clark has said: "The three most important things that ever happened in the Music Industry are Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Chubby Checker."
His mother moved the family to Philadelphia when he was a young boy. It was here on 9th Street, in Tony Anastazi's Produce Store, that he became a local celebrity by doing impressions of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis. His first manager, Henry Colt brought him to the attention of Kal Mann, who signed him to Cameo-Parkway Records. It was Dick Clark's wife, Bobbie, who came up with the name Checker to go with his childhood nick name Chubby - a reference to the similarity between him and Fats Domino.
For over 55 years Chubby has entertained audiences, with his Hits, that have sold in excess of 250,000,000 records & CDs. In addition to Chubby Checker "Standards," he will be performing his newest Hit, "Changes," which has been a stable on Sirius XM & is currently the # 11 Record on Billboard's Hot Singles CD Sales Chart.
Audiences will have the opportunity to see Chubby Live in action, as he continues his "Never Ending Tour" at The Playhouse on Rodney Square, 1007 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE on Saturday, March 21 @ 8pm. Tickets can be purchased online at ThePlayhouseDE.org or by phone at 302-888-0200. Click here for directions to the Playhouse on Rodney Square.