Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Covers, Samples, Reworks and Answer Songs"

"The Twist"

"The Twist" is a twelve-bar blues song that was first recorded by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, an R&B group, in 1959. It was the B-side to the group's song "Teardrops On Your Letter." Although Hank thought it would be his hit, it received little airplay and was only a hit amongst R&B fans. In 1960, Parkway recording artist, Chubby Checker, recorded a cover of the song. His cover has similar vocal inflections to and the same arrangement as Hank's version. However, due to American Bandstand, the song this time was heavily promoted and became a huge dance craze. The song became number one on the pop charts and Hank's version also entered the charts again. Since it was such a big hit, it topped the charts again in 1962. The song regained popularity in 1988 when the Fat Boys did a cover version featuring Chubby Checker.

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters

Chubby Checker

Fat Boys ft. Chubby Checker

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