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Legendary singer Chubby Checker will twist into Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 1

Legendary singer Chubby Checker will twist into Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 1
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From a press release:

Penn’s Peak has announced that legendary singer Chubby Checker will twist his way into the Jim Thorpe venue on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $20-$25, are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

Born in rural Spring Gully, South Carolina and raised in Philadelphia, Chubby Checker rose to national prominence in 1959 with his debut record, “The Class,” which hit No. 34 on the Billboard pop chart when Checker was just 17. By the time he was 18 years old, his second hit single, “The Twist,” had skyrocketed to No. 1. Nearly five decades later, in 2008, Billboard magazine would name “The Twist” the No. 1 song of the Billboard Hot 100’s first 50 years.

The wildly popular dance that accompanies “The Twist” was also made famous by Checker, beginning with his September 1960 performance on American Bandstand. In the next few years, celebrities including President and Mrs. Kennedy, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Judy Garland, Greta Garbo, and Marilyn Monroe were spotted twisting. Time and Newsweek wrote about the trend. Fred and Wilma Flintstone and Rob and Laura Petrie from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” twisted on TV. Even the Mercury astronauts talked about twisting in outer space. The twist had officially become the hottest, most talked-about dance in rock ‘n’ roll history.

54 years after Checker’s first hit, he has released a new single, “Changes,” an inspiring ballad exploring the theme of transforming your life. It’s loosely based on the changes in his own life after more than five decades in the music scene.

Penn’s Peak, a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue, can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers with a spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, a concert bar/concession area, and a full-service restaurant and bar aptly named Roadies. Complete with a broad open-air deck for summertime revelry, Penn’s Peak patrons enjoy a breathtaking overlook of nearby Beltzville Lake, plus a commanding, picturesque 50-mile panoramic view of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountains.

It is located only four miles from Exit 74 of the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. For more information on Penn’s Peak, go to or call 866-605-7325.