If you love awkward moments not involving you as much as I do, then do I have a great heads up for you!
Here it is. If you ever and I mean EVER get a chance to watch or listen to 60’s dance craze icon Chubby Checker do an interview, do it! Stop whatever you’re doing and just pay attention to everyone Chubby says. The man is verifiably delusional and bitter as lemons in winter time.
Last night, I had nothing to do and nothing was on and I stumbled across Chubby doing a TV interview on some random local cable channel.
Here are the highlights:
Chubby is angry at Dick Clark. People say Dick Clark discovered Chubby. He sees it the other way around. His point is that Bandstand became a huge hit once Chubby started performing his massive hit on it. I think he has a point. But, he also thinks Dick Clark should always have him at any event he produces – any event! Bottom line is that Chubby expected Dick Clark to keep having him on Bandstand in the 70s and 80s and on despite musical tastes changing. I value loyalty too, but just not realistic here…
Chubby is pissed at Muhammad Ali and is willing to go there even though the man is struggling with Parkinson’s. Gutsy move, Chubby! Chubby claims that in the early 60s a young Ali, still know as Cassius Clay then, came to see Chubby for advice. Chubby says he encouraged Ali to make predictions about what round he’d knock people out in AND to brag that he was the greatest of all time to get more attention. Ali did both and the rest is history. Of course, Chubby got no credit as Ali, according to Chubby, never gave him any. Somehow I’m not believing Ali needed that much of a push to be outspoken and outrageous.
Chubby’s hair. It’s what he SHOULD be bitter about. It’s either (A) he’s still styling his hair with the same products from back in the early 60s OR (B) it’s the worst wig known to mankind. Either way, it’s fascinating!
Chubby has put the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on notice. If they don’t elect him soon, he’s not making it to the induction ceremony if he feels he’s too old. Actually, I’m with him on this one. He should be in. The Twist was the biggest dance craze ever and only song to chart #1 twice in two different years, plus he had several other hits that went on to be dance sensations too, like The Pony. Remember that one?
Speaking of dancing… When the host asked Chubby to tell him what he thought were the differences between his music and today’s. He told him NONE. Chubby said that when he see’s people dancing to Lady Gaga and the rest he sees them dancing to Chubby. Basically, he feels that he invented modern dance. Nice! Now I know who to blame. I thought it was Michael Jackson.
Chubby can’t get any respect from DJs. He doesn’t understand why Top 40 stations won’t play him. I do. He’s almost 70 and kids are listening!
Other cool Chubby facts. He’s been married to a former Miss World for over 40 years. Somewhere in there, he fathered a daughter out of another relationship who now plays in the WNBA and HE managed to STAY married. That’s a talent!
He had a #1 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart in 2008. Who knew?
And he’s launched a chocolate bar, The Checker Bar, in Europe. Of course, he’s bitter that no one in the US will distribute it yet. You knew there had to be a twist!