Checker to Rock Hall: Induct me or 'drop dead' - New York News

Checker to Rock Hall: Induct me or 'drop dead'

Posted: Updated:
Chubby Checker performs outside City Hall in Philadelphia Friday July 9, 2010 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the tune "The Twist". (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) Chubby Checker performs outside City Hall in Philadelphia Friday July 9, 2010 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the tune "The Twist". (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
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.

Checker says he doesn't want to be inducted when he's 85 years old. He says the Cleveland, Ohio-based hall needs to induct him "while I'm still smiling" or "I'll tell them to drop dead."

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.

The 72-year old recording artist equates a place in rock's prestigious hall with the ability to continue his career.

He says: "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."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Prison officers block news crew from tourist site

    Prison officers block news crew from tourist site

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:35:36 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    An upstate New York TV crew was threatened with arrest by corrections officers as they filmed at a public historic site on the grounds of an empty, soon-to-be-closed state prison.
    An upstate New York TV crew was threatened with arrest by corrections officers as they filmed at a public historic site on the grounds of an empty, soon-to-be-closed state prison.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:32:18 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:02 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:02:01 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices