Label: Columbia - CS 8546 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Canada • Genre: Jazz • Style: Rhythm & Blues
Chubby Checker 's cover version of the song gave birth to the Twist dance craze. His single became a hit, reaching number Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Jauchzet, Frohlocket - Johann Sebastian Bach - The Glory Of Bach on the Billboard Hot on September 19,where it stayed for one week, and setting a record as the only song to reach number 1 in two different hit parade runs when it resurfaced and topped the popular hit parade again for two weeks starting on January 13, This version reached number 2 in the United Kingdom and number 1 in Germany.
InBillboard magazine declared the song the "biggest hit" of the s. Songs about doing the Twist went back to nineteenth-century minstrelsy, including "Grape Vine Twist" from around In Jelly Roll Mortonin "Winin' Boy Blues", sang, "Mama, mama, look at sis, she's out on the levee doing the double twist"—a reference to both sex and dancing in those days. As for this particular song, "The Twist", Hank Ballard's guitarist, Midnighters member Cal Green, said they picked up the general idea from Brother Joe Wallace of the gospel group The Sensational Nightingaleswhose position and its associated image concerns prevented him from recording the song himself.
Many years later, in an interview with Tom Meros that is currently available online, Midnighters' member Lawson Smith recalled the authorship of "The Twist" differently, that The Sensational Nightingales' Nathaniel Bills wrote the song instead. Green and Ballard already had written a song together called "Is Your Love for Real", which was based on Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters ' song "What'cha Gonna Do", so they created an entirely new song by simply putting the new Twist words to the older melody.
They originally recorded a loose version of the song in a Florida studio for Vee-Jay Records in earlywith slightly different lyrics, featuring Green on guitar playing like Jimmy Reed. Just A Little Bit Of Twist - Ray Bryant And His Combo* - Dancing The Big Twist version appeared on the box set "The Vee-Jay Story" inbut it went unreleased at the time.
They did not get around to recording the released version until November 11,when the Midnighters were in Cincinnati. When the song proved popular with his audience, Clark attempted to book Ballard to perform on the show.
Ballard was unavailable, and Clark searched for a local artist to record the song. He settled on Checker, whose voice was very similar to Ballard's. In late and earlythe twist craze belatedly caught on in high society. Sightings of celebrities doing the dance made the song a hit with adults, particularly after a report in the Cholly Knickerbocker gossip column.
Soon there were long lines at the Peppermint Lounge nightclub in New York, the most popular celebrity twisting spot. This new interest made "The Twist" the only recording to hit number one on the United States charts during two separate chart runs, and marked a major turning point for adult acceptance of rock and roll music.
Checker re-recorded the song numerous times. An updated recording from his album The Change Has Come was retitled "T", and in the s, he recorded a country version. In the late s, he recorded a new version that, except for the sound mix and some minor arrangement changes, was identical to the original; as a result this later version is often misidentified on compilations as the original recording.
Checker also joined the group to perform the song that summer at a London tribute concert for Nelson Mandela. Joey Dee and the Starlitersthe Peppermint Lounge house band, scored a hit with " Peppermint Twist ", while other Just A Little Bit Of Twist - Ray Bryant And His Combo* - Dancing The Big Twistincluding Sam Cooke scored with other "Twist"-themed songs.
In Europe, Petula Clark scored hits in several countries with "Twist"-themed records. An impressed Chubby asks, Just A Little Bit Of Twist - Ray Bryant And His Combo* - Dancing The Big Twist I use that move? The song has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress on March 21, for long-term preservation. InChecker's version was one of six singles inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a new category honoring singles by artists who have not been elected to the Hall.
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