“The Twist” rose to the #1 spot on The Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time on September 19, 1960 and again resurfacing on January 13, 1962.
Although the popularity of “The Twist” soared in 1960, the song was first introduced to the music scene in early 1959 by Hank Ballard. It achieved only moderate success and peaked at number 28 that year. After the song was covered by Chubby Checker, however, “The Twist” rose to the number one spot and stayed there.
“The Twist” also inspired a dance move of the same name that swept the nation – adults and teenagers alike. Chubby Checker described the dance as “putting out a cigarette with both feet and coming out of a shower and wiping your bottom with a towel to the beat”.
Check out this YouTube video of Chubby Checker performing “The Twist”.