The Twist craze didn't catch on in England untilafter this was released for the second time. Clark also helped out Ballard by promoting his song "Finger Poppin' Time," which rose to 7 around the same time "The Twist" was happening. He settled on Checker, whose voice was very similar to Ballard's. In the late s, he recorded a new version that, except for the sound mix and some minor arrangement changes, was identical to the original; as a result this later version is often misidentified on compilations as the original recording. Jim Dawson wrote a book about the song and the Twist phenomenon called The Twist:
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Chat or rant, adult content, spam, insulting other members, show more. Top Pop Singles The song was so ubiquitous that Checker felt that his critics thought that he could only succeed with dance records typecasting him as a dance artist. That's when it charted in the UK. Monthly Newsletter A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs. The Twist was also a dance where the participants didn't touch each other, which became a new trend, especially with disco dancing.