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Chubby Checker says inducte me into Rock Hall or "drop dead"

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 13, 2014

Chubby has a case...he may not have a long list of hits like some of his peers from the early rock n' roll era, but the few he does have were game changers...same song...hit number one...twice!

Also, let's give the 72 year old some props for still wanting to work...If I may I make it to 72 (big "if"), I'm pretty sure I'm not going to want to do a damn thing...

 

From the digital desks of the Associated Press

Checker to Rock Hall: Induct me or ’drop dead’

By JOHN CARUCCI

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it’s time to induct him into their exclusive club before it’s too late.

"I don’t want to get in there when I’m 85-years old. I’ll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I’m still smiling," Checker said on Thursday.

Checker’s recording of "The Twist," and subsequent, "Let’s Twist Again" are considered among the most popular songs in the history of Rock and Roll.

"Let’s Twist Again’ was the first rock and roll song that received a Grammy (in 1962)," Checker pointed out.

The 72-year old recording artist equates a place in the Cleveland, Ohio-based hall to the ability to sustain his career.

"If you put me in when I’m too old to make a living, then it’s no good for me to be in there."

He added: "The Rolling Stones, they’re in there. The Beastie Boys are in there, they’re young. Hall and Oates were just in there and they’re still making money."

He made the comments on the red carpet for the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York where Checker performed "Let’s Twist Again" for the ASCAP Centennial celebration.

At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, Daryl Hall mentioned that Hall and Oates was the first Philadelphia-based band to be inducted. And after mentioning Chubby Checker, he responded: "Why isn’t he in?"

And he’s not alone. Before going into the ceremony, legendary songwriter Kenny Gamble — of the songwriting team Gamble and Huff — said he feels Checker is long overdue.

"I think Chubby Checker should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s the only person I know to have the same song go to No. 1 twice."

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