Top Song 50 Years Ago; #1

The song that was the top song on the charts in Jan. 1962 was “The Twist” by Chubby Checker. You may think that I am mistaken about the year. “The Twist” was first on the top of music charts in Sept. 1960. Then the song returned to the music charts in Jan. ’62 and became the number one song on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts for the week Jan. 7-13, 1962. The song set a record by being the first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in different years.

The Twist” was written by Hank Ballard and recorded by his group, “Hank Ballard and The Midnighters” in 1959. It was only a moderate hit for that group.

Below is Chubby Checker on American Bandstand. It is from 1960 (dated by logo on TV camera). Those teenagers in the audience are now an average age of 67!