News

Chubby Checker to Rock Hall: I want in!

Chubby Checker to Rock Hall: I want in!

HE WANTS IN:Chubby Checker performs at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards on Thursday, June 12 in New York. Photo: Associated Press/Charles Sykes

NEW YORK (AP) — Chubby Checker has a simple message for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: he wants in.

The man who helped popularize “The Twist” says he wants to be inducted — while he’s “still smiling.”

He says if the Cleveland, Ohio-based Rock Hall waits too long, he says he will — as he put it — “tell them to drop dead.”

Checker is 72 — and in recent years has been outspoken about what he feels are slights at the hand of the music industry.

Checker says if acts like the Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys and Hall and Oates are in the Rock Hall, he deserves to get in, too.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

janetjustin

A look back at some of the biggest headlines to ever come out of Hollywood.

in Entertainment

It’s a dog-eat-dog world at the 2015 Puppy Bowl

17-overlay3

It's Ruff versus Tuff in the 11th annual football game of puppy power!

in Entertainment

Nickelodeon latest to offer streaming service

nickelodeon

Good news for "SpongeBob SquarePants" fans.

in Sports, Viral Videos

WATCH: 4 unforgettable Super Bowl halftime shows

14-overlay1

Four of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows ever.

in Lifestyle

Forget wings and queso, veggies are most popular big game food

veggietray

While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country.