Chubby Checker and The Spinners

Mayo Performing Arts Center

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In a Nutshell

Two genre-making acts from the ’60s and ’70s join forces for a night of sweet Philly soul and old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll

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The Deal

Chubby Checker

  • His real name: Ernest Evans, but the nickname of “Chubby” stuck at an early age; “Checkers” is a play off Fats Domino
  • His method: a contagiously gleeful voice that immediately rallies listeners to follow his every command
  • Things Chubby Checker did that most singers only dream of: he started a nationwide dance craze, got adults to listen to teen music, and landed the biggest hit of the 1960s with “The Twist,” according to Billboard magazine
  • What might surprise you: at the age of 73, Chubby Checker still has the moves
  • Hits that’ll have you twisting in the aisles: “The Twist,” the smash-hit followup “Let’s Twist Again” and its counterpart, “Slow Twistin’”

The Spinners

  • Who’s spinning: the flag bearers of the Sweet Philly soul-music scene of the 1970s
  • Why they’re called The Spinners: not only were their records on constant rotation, but they sent their fans twirling with danceable singles such as “The Rubberband Man”
  • Other major hits: “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” and a bass-heavy reinterpretation of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid”
  • The Gold they spun: five records earned that highly sought after RIAA certification, all between the years of 1973 and 1976
  • Original Spinner: vocalist Henry Fambrough, whose baritone rumble is still going strong

Mayo Performing Arts Center

The Mayo Performing Arts Center straddles time. While one foot is planted in the old-fashioned charm of the 1930s movie-palace golden age, the other is firmly in the tech-savvy modern day. Between is a stretch of history that saw the theatre fall into disrepair and then resurrect itself to its star-studded heyday thanks to volunteers. Since its 1994 rebirth, the center has welcomed everyone from the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg to Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin. But, if the Mayo Center were a tripod, its third foot would certainly reach toward the future—a suite of education studios is onsite to cultivate the next generation of performers.

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