Top Song 50 Years Ago; #22

The next song to hit the top of the music charts in 1962 was “Limbo Rock” by Chubby Checker. Chubby had a string of hit songs beginning with “The Twist” in 1960. Most were songs about dance styles. This was another dance that he made popular.

The song was written by Kal Mann and Billy Strange. It started as a $100 that Strange could write a hit song in 5 minutes with a buddy while riding in his car. Strange indeed penned the song in under 5 minutes, won the bet, and collected the money.

“Limbo Rock” reached the number one spot on the Cash Box chart for the week of Dec. 12 – 22. On the Billboard chart it only made it to the number 2 spot but for 2 weeks (Dec. 16 – 29).

Visit the official Chubby Checker website where you can find his schedule of upcoming shows and more. Danger! Music starts playing as soon as you go to his website.

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