How Clark and 'American Bandstand' helped create the Billboard Hot 100's all-time top song
"We danced to the music that Dick Clark played," says Chubby Checker. "The king of the disc jockeys has died and, because of him, we will never be the same."
In 2008, Billboard named Checker's iconic smash "The Twist" the No. 1 song of the Billboard Hot 100's first 50 years. The song remains the only title to have logged two separate runs to No. 1, reigning the week of Sept. 24, 1960, and again the weeks of Jan. 13 and 20, 1962, after the song - and its revolutionary dance - experienced a second wave of pop culture fanfare.
Checker might never have recorded the song, however, had it not been for Clark. The original version by the song's writer, Hank Ballard, won praise on "American Bandstand," but when Ballard was unavailable to perform it on the show, Clark suggested that Checker cover it to expose it further to "Bandstand" viewers.