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At Huntington's Ribfest
WHERE: Harris Riverfront Park
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In 1960, Chubby Checker launched a dance craze and stormed the pop music charts with "The Twist."
However, the singer, who performs Friday at Huntington's Ribfest, said he would like to be remembered for more than just being the face of a particular moment. He's a lot more than that. He's American history and a cultural movement.
The 70-year-old pop legend said, "When you say, 'Chubby did "The Twist,"' you've limited me, and [it's like] I died."
Checker did have substantial success beyond the ever-catchy "Twist." Through the decade following the song, he charted several other hits, including "Pony Time," "Dance the Mess Around" and "Jingle Bell Rock," but he frequently mined gold from the success of the twist craze. He returned to "The Twist" with songs like, "Let's Twist Again," "Slow Twistin'" and "Twistin' Round the World."
Still, Checker felt like it was cheap to see him as just another singer with a catchy song that the kids danced to once upon a time.
"The Twist" changed everything -- and he did that.
"When we talk about 'The Twist,' we talk about the dance floor," Checker said. "The great thing about 'The Twist' is that you were on the dance floor dancing by yourself with someone who was dancing by themselves.
"That's the dance we still do."