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Chubby Checker to Rock Hall: Induct me or 'drop dead'
By JOHN CARUCCI , Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it's time to induct him into their exclusive club before it's too late.

"I don't want to get in there when I'm 85 years old. I'll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I'm still smiling," Checker said on Thursday.

Checker's recording of "The Twist," and subsequent, "Let's Twist Again" are considered among the most popular songs in the history of Rock and Roll.

"Let's Twist Again' was the first rock and roll song that received a Grammy (in 1962)," Checker pointed out.

The 72-year old recording artist equates a place in the Cleveland, Ohio-based hall to the ability to sustain his career.

"If you put me in when I'm too old to make a living, then it's no good for me to be in there."

He added: "The Rolling Stones, they're in there. The Beastie Boys are in there, they're young. Hall and Oates were just in there and they're still making money."

He made the comments on the red carpet for the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York where Checker performed "Let's Twist Again" for the ASCAP Centennial celebration.

At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, Daryl Hall mentioned that Hall and Oates was the first Philadelphia-based band to be inducted. And after mentioning Chubby Checker, he responded: "Why isn't he in?"

And he's not alone. Before going into the ceremony, legendary songwriter Kenny Gamble  of the songwriting team Gamble and Huff -- said he feels Checker is long overdue.

"I think Chubby Checker should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's the only person I know to have the same song go to No. 1 twice."

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Jun 21, 2014 10:05PM
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I guess one hit wonders don't deserve recognition for anything even though they make an significant contribution to music culture.  Elvis Presley didn't win his Grammies for rock music, but they were for Gospel does this disqualify him from also being recognized  as a rock in roll Icon? Of course not I still say give Mr. Checker his due induct him soon.
Jun 20, 2014 12:25PM
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When they build a Hall of Fame for performers who get lucky with a cover song (Chubby did not write The Twist and was not the first artist to record it) and then spend the next 50 years milking it for all its worth, Chubby should be the first to get a call.
Jun 19, 2014 12:56PM
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Should every group or musician from that era, with one or two hits, be inducted into the "Hall of Fame"? Just because it was the "Golden Age of Rock n Roll" as many call it. Should the Sufaris be in the Hall of Fame for singing "Wipe Out"? What about latter one hit wonder dance songs like The "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats? It was a huge hit in the 80's and went to No.1 on the Billboard Dance Chart. Should they be in the Hall of Fame? I don't think they should be. Chubby Checker and the Twist may have had more impact than either of those two groups. But, Hall of Fame material? Ehhh.. not so sure about that. I am sure there are other artists from the same era as well as others that might be more deserving. Besides anybody that says "Induct me or drop dead" comes off like they think they are entitled to it.

Jun 19, 2014 11:49AM
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I hate ultimatums'!!! It took Robert Johnson; the TRUE KING of ROCK & ROLL 48 years after his death to be inducted. And who are you with only 2 hit song to dictate to the Hall of Fame. STOP BELLYACHING. So Please if your alive when it's your time, be Humble, Proud and Grateful. For being inducted into any Hall of Fame is an honor. So shut your mouth and wait your turn.
Jun 19, 2014 11:12AM
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No matter what kind of "twist" you try and put on it the guy had one hit, it was 50 plus years ago, he milked it DRY and he didn't even write it. There are COUNTLESS artists and bands who are FAR more worthy and aren't in either.
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