Born Ernest Evans on October 3, in Philadelphia, he worked in a local poultry shop while in high school, and while on the job often entertained customers by singing and cracking jokes. His workplace antics helped win an audition with the local Cameo-Parkway label, who signed the fledgling singer in ; at the suggestion of no less than Dick Clark's wife, the portly youth was rechristened Chubby Checker, the name a sly reference to Fats Domino.
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Start a Wiki. From the s onward, he was a staple of oldies revival tours; in , more than a decade after his last studio LP, he signed with MCA and issued the disco-inspired The Change Has Come, scoring a pair of minor hits with the singles "Running" and "Harder Than Diamond. Fly Chubby Checker. All rights reserved.
Chubby Checker continued to be a superstar in Europe with television and records. In , Checker recorded a public service announcement PSA for the Social Security Administration to help launch a new campaign to promote recent changes in Medicare law. On Broadway Chubby Checker.