"Come on, baby. Let's do The Twist."
Set that verse to a rich vocal tenor born in South Carolina but reared in Philadelphia, let it bounce off a melody fortified by a bright saxophone riff and nurture it in an age of pure pop innocence. You now have one of the greatest opening lines in rock 'n' roll. You also have the joyous leadoff to the signature tune of Chubby Checker.
The song, of course, is The Twist. It stands as "the all-time No. 1 title" on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 singles chart. The single managed to top the chart on two non-consecutive occasions: in 1960 and in 1962.
Checker also would chart other hits, including Pony Time and Limbo Rock. He would even record numerous sequels, like Let's Twist Again, Twistin' U.S.A. (both from 1961), Slow Twistin' (1962) and Twist It Up (1963). There was even a hip-hop variation of The Twist, a collaboration with the rap trio The Fat Boys, that became a Top 20 hit in 1988.
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But nothing better defines Checker, even 50 years after he first hit big with the song, than the original version of The Twist.