A “new” old album by Chubby Checker, the legendary King Of The Twist, has been making the rounds on the Internet. Recorded back in 1971—when Checker was living in Holland—it has historically been referred to as his “psychedelic” album. Indeed, it’s a collection of psychedelic rock and funky/bluesy soul songs that brings to mind the work of Arthur Lee, Eric Burdon And War, and Shuggie Otis. When it came out in 1971 on the London label in the UK, it was originally called Chequered; subsequent vinyl releases (many of them bootlegs) took on new titles including Chequered Past!, New Revelation and Goes Psychedelic.
There’s very little written about the album online, so we decided to ask someone who has known Checker for a long time to see if he had any insight. That person was The Geator With The Heater, The Boss With The Hot Sauce Jerry Blavat—who, being the connected guy he is—said, “Hold on, my brother.” Within seconds The Geator called Checker and the three of us were on the phone talking about the album. “I couldn’t get anyone to play that record,” Checker said about Chequered. “We recorded it in New York, and I am happy to say we’re going to re-release it in the summer. I got the ownership of the album back.” Checker promised us more details in a few weeks. Thanks to Aquarium Drunkard for the tip on this.
Meanwhile, below are a couple of songs from the album. And, as The King Of The Twist promised, we’ll be talking more with him in a few weeks about this project, which has languished in obscurity for so many years.
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