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“The Twist” Reaches Number One

“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”.

Sources: Wikipedia, Last.fm

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Jackie Robinson Named Rookie of the Year (1947)

On this day in 1947 (the same year he broke the color barrier in baseball by becoming the first black Major League Baseball player since the 1880s), Jackie Robinson was named Rookie of the Year. Though the award had been created in 1940, it didn’t become national until 1947, making Robinson the inaugural winner of the award.

Did you know…In 1987, the 40th anniversary of Robinson’s breaking the color barrier, the National and American League Rookie of the Year Awards were renamed the Jackie Robinson Award in honor of Robinson and his legacy.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, ESPN

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