Happy Birthday to Chubby Checker, who turns 80 on Sunday (October 3rd)!!! Checker, who was born Ernest Evans, received his nickname in the late-1950's because at the time he resembled a young Fats Domino. Checker is best remembered for his string of early '60s dance hits, including “The Twist” which topped the charts 1960 and 1961. Checker went on to score 21 more Top 40 singles, including “Let's Twist Again,” “The Hucklebuck,” “Limbo Rock,” “Pony Time,” and “The Fly.”
Chubby Checker still loves to perform all over the globe and some time ago sat down with us to share his philosophy about life and birthdays: “I have some sayings in my life. Every day when I rise is a holiday. Every day that I rise is my birthday. Every day that I rise I have a new chance to correct the mistakes of yesterday. Every day that I rise I have a new chance to right the wrongs that I did yesterday. And then I pray for the wrongs I'm gonna do today, that's gonna come up, 'cause the devil's always waitin' to getcha. And one time in the day, he always gets you somehow. And so, birthdays with me. . . every day's a holiday and every day's my birthday.”
In July 2014 Checker reached a settlement with Hewlett-Packard in a “penis measurement app” lawsuit. The Guardian reported that the legendary singer “had been seeking half a billion dollars from Hewlett-Packard for ‘irreparable damage and harm’ caused by the Chubby Checker, an app for Hewlett-Packard's Palm OS platform.