The Twist. Simply put, this is another one of the fun things that actually began in the fifties. Back then there were plenty of different dances that became popular from the box step to the stroll to the hand jive. Even as a child I would do the twist and that was way after the fifties (Yes, I actually was not around yet in the fifties hehe).
So back to The Twist, which actually grew popularity in the early sixties. It came from a Hank Ballard song from 1959 but didn’t gain fame until Dick Clark aired a version of the song performed by Chubby Checker. When Checker sang the song live on Clark’s American Bandstand show, it topped the charts not only in the US, but in Britain as well.
A follow-up to this song was “Let’s Twist Again” by Checker, which is probably more familiar to many of us. He even won a Grammy for this song that I must say is fitting, especially since everyone until today can do the twist because that’s just how popular it is.
The Twist was certainly a craze and one that everyone in this era enjoyed. Everyone in society from celebrities to high school kids would do this dance in nightclubs and school dances. There were even popular twisting spots where people went to do the twist.
I think many would agree that this dance made a huge impact in our society and is definitely one for the books, which is why I had to write about it. There was even a book written that mentions the Twist as the song and dance that made a change in our world. Some consider one of the things that jump started Rock ‘n Roll.
Again, this is a timeless song. Many can easily still listen to The Twist today and even do those moves. The beauty with our time now is that everything pretty much goes and we have so much music genres and dances that we can find the ones that we love.
One of the reasons why The Twist was so popular too is because it was so easy to dance. All you have to do is twist your hips and you are doing the Twist! Some describe the move as the move you make when you use a towel to dry your back. Of course, after the popularity of The Twist, many other dances came along like the Funky Chicken and the Mashed Potato.
As Chubby Checker sings it, “Come on baby, let’s do the Twist!” I bet now you can’t get that song out of your head. Haha.
Talk to you soon.