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It's the Spring of 1957 and Bobby goes to pick up his date. He's a pretty hip guy with his own car. When he goes to the front door, the girl's father answers and invites him in. "Carrie's not ready yet, so why don't you have a seat?" he says.

"That's cool" says Bobby. Carrie's father asks Bobby what they're planning to do.

Bobby replies politely that they will probably just go to the soda shop or a movie.

Carrie's father responds, "Why don't you two go out and screw? I hear all the kids are doing it." Naturally this comes as quite a surprise to Bobby so he asks Carrie's dad to repeat it.

"Yeah," says Carrie's father, "Carrie really likes to screw; she'll screw all night if we let her!"

Well, this just made Bobby's eyes light up, and his plan for the evening was beginning to look pretty good.

A few minutes later, Carrie comes downstairs in her little poodle skirt and announces that she's ready to go. Almost breathless with anticipation, Bobby escorts his date out the front door.

About 20 minutes later, Carrie rushes back into the house, slams the door behind her, and screams at her father, "DAMMIT DADDY! IT'S CALLED THE TWIST!!!"

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Don,I apologize to you and cindi o'h.Your both right.Cindi I guess it was a pretty bad joke-I'll try to do better.And Don your right also.I too am old enough to remember but didn't catch it.Actually the song the Twist was recorded in 1958 by an artist named Hank Ballard.It didn't go over (kinda like this joke).Chubby (named for Fats) Checker (named for Domino) recorded and made famous The Twist in 1960.I included this little bit of nostalgia from the internet.

Chubby Checker was born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941 in Spring Gulley, South Carolina. He later moved to Philadelphia. As a teenage, Ernest found a job opening in a produce market on 9th Street in Philadelphia. When he applied for the job, Tony Anastasi who was the boss called him Chubby. Ernest said, “Who’s Chubby? I’m not Chubby.” Tony replied, “You are if you want the job”... and Ernest Evans became Chubby. Soon after that, Chubby found another job working in a chicken store. The man who owned the shop, Henry Colt, liked to set up a microphone so his young employee could sing songs of the fifties while people shopped. Coincidentally, Colt had a friend, Kal Mann who was a songwriter associated with the most recognized recording studio in the Philadelphia area.

So when Dick Clark asked Mann to write a song and recommend a singer for a musical Christmas card based on Jingle Bells, Mann suggested Chubby. While in the studio, Clark’s wife, Barbara walked in and said to him, “Chubby... Chubby Checker. You’re going to be Chubby for Fats and Checker for Domino.”

And Ernest Evans received yet another new name and became Chubby Checker for the rest of time.

A few months later, while still attending South Philadelphia High School, Chubby made his first record called “The Class”. Just before Chubby graduated from high school, the record company told him they had a song that had been done by someone else, but they wanted him to record it over again. The song was the Twist. It had been written and originally recorded by Hank Ballard in 1958 and had made a little noise, but was no hit record by any means. Chubby went in the studio and recorded the tune. Before Chubby graduated high school, the Twist was a hit and so was he. History was made. The music world had changed forever and would never be the same again. While Chubby is not the King of Rock and Roll, he is the king of the music business.

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Wow, Frank. When I started reading all that, I thought you might be making it up (given your propensity to full around with us at times), but the more I read, the more I realized that surely you couldn't make all that up! While I haven't gone and looked it up, I'll believe you for now, and want to thank you for this enlightening little trivia fest.

And by the way - I liked the joke. I liked Don's response, but I liked the joke too. Even if you are on the "other" side.


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