- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Music legend Chubby Checker was on hand for the unveiling of a 12-by-40-foot mural in Wildwood paying homage to “The Twist” singer, who first performed his iconic dance at a local club.

The Press of Atlantic City reports (https://bit.ly/1i9oftl ) the mural, dedicated at the corner of Pacific and Garfield avenues Monday, is the third honoring music stars that played the Jersey shore town.

An 18-year-old Checker, aka Ernest Evans, debuted the twist at the Rainbow Club in the summer of 1960. He had just finished high school.

A few weeks later Checker performed the song on American Bandstand in Philadelphia, igniting a dance craze that swept the nation.

The previous murals erected by the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority depict Bill Haley and the Comets and Bobby Rydell.


Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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