By David Madden
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Chubby Checker is more than just a Philly music legend. He holds the honor of recording the number one hit song in America over the last 50 years — The Twist. He’s still rocking and making money at age 72. But there’s one honor that’s eluded him — and he’s suggesting honor him soon, or don’t bother.
Checker suggests his appeal spans any generational gap, just like Mickey Mouse. But the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has yet to induct him, and he wants to make some money off that honor.
I don’t want to be nominated when I’m 87 years old,” Checker says, “because at that time, I won’t be able to make any money as a result of my recognition into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
If they opt to drag their feet, Checker’s got two words for them.
“When things don’t look good, I have an expression and I always say ‘drop dead.’ If I get into the Hall of Fame, okay.”
Jerry Blavat is already there in the DJ wing. He thinks Chubby belongs as well.
“His earning power is bigger today than ever, ever before,” Blavat says, “and he is getting fans from all over the world.”
But Checker and several other Philly artists are being ignored, according to the Geator, because those who nominate inductees can’t or won’t remember true hit music recorded before 1965.
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