Rock and Roll
The song “Pony Time” was Chubby Checker’s second big hit at the top of the charts after his 1960 cover of Hank Ballard’s “The Twist.” In 1961, “Pony Time,” a dance song, went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Chart. The song was written by Don Covay and John Berry and released on Parkway Records. It was featured in John Waters’ 1988 film Hairspray.
Chubby Checker was born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941 in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, and subsequently grew up in Philadelphia. (The professional moniker Chubby Checker was based the name Fats Domino. The story goes, it came about from a conversation between Dick Clark’s wife and Checker after he had been doing some impressions of singers, including Domino.) He is a prolific singer/songwriter and has had success with other dance songs, including “The Fly” and “Limbo Rock.” Checker was in the films Twist Around the Clock (1961) and Don’t Knock the Twist (1962). He continues to tour and perform.