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1962 Chubby Checker and Dick Clark Signed American Bandstand Contract
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $464.00
1962 American Bandstand contract signed by Chubby Checker and legendary music mogul Dick Clark. Dated November 1, 1962, this "Standard AFTRA Engagement Contract" is an "Agreement between Chubby Checker and Dick Clark Television Productions, Inc." for Checker to perform on the said date at "WFIL-TV, Phila." Checker agrees to be paid the sum of $155 for his efforts. At the bottom left the Twist Master has signed in blue ballpoint on the appropriate line "Chubby Checker" and in parentheses has added his real name, "Ernest Evans." He has also filled out his telephone number and social security number in the appropriate places. To the right, Clark has signed as representative of his production company "RW Clark, pres." in green. All signatures are virtually flawless ("9/10"). Dick Clark is credited with championing Checker as a viable artist after meeting him in a Philadelphia recording studio in 1958. When a local record producer was looking for a singer to do a cover of a then little-known Hank Ballard song called "The Twist," Clark suggested Checker, and history was made. Checker's version of "The Twist" went to #1 in August 1960, as kids everywhere made it the dance craze of the day. By 1962 "The Twist" was passe with young people, but suddenly their parents rediscovered it and Checker rode it to #1 again in January 1962. Over the years Checker would record twenty-two Top 40 hits and pioneered several other dance crazes including "The Pony," "The Mess Around," and "The Fly." Dick Clark, of course, is still active in the music business and is well known to current generations for his annual New Year's Rockin' Eve shows. And he looks younger than ever. This is a magnificent and unique rock-n-roll document linking "The King of The Twist" and Dick Clark, the man who made him famous. From the American Bandstand archives. Normal filing punch holes. Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $464.00
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