Monday, September 22, 2008

Chubby Checker's "Twisted" Self Esteem

Do you remember Chubby Checker? He appeared on Dick Clark’s Saturday night TV show in 1960 and debuted a song by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. The song was “The Twist” and with it, he introduced a new dance craze. It was an instant hit and he was catapulted to stardom as the “King of the Twist.” That was Chubby Checker’s only claim to fame, as far as I know, except for when he reintroduced “The Twist” in a rap form in 1988.

In 2002, this 66-year-old “has been” ran a full-page ad in Billboard magazine in which he pompously boasted that he is one of Rock and Roll’s most important figures. And then he went on to complain that he is the most under appreciated of all rock stars. So in an arrogant, open letter to the whole entertainment industry, he demanded that a statue of himself be displayed in the courtyard of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Furthermore, he threatened that if he didn’t get the statue, he would refuse induction into the hall of fame even though he hadn’t yet been voted in.

“I want my flowers while I’m alive. I can’t smell them when I’m dead,” he whined. “I will not have the music business ignore my position in the industry.”

Chubby Checker’s worth is pretty much summarized by a statement once made by Billy Graham. “The smallest package I ever saw was a man wrapped up wholly in himself.”

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” Rom. 12:3


Anonymous said...

Interesting post.

I heard the song over the weekend along with a story about how it was someone else's song he was singing. I did not know that. Of course, I don't know much about music.

Anonymous said...

"Self-esteem" is another lie that has been adopted by the church and by Christian schools in an effort to be relevant to the "me" generation. There is only one verse in the Bible that uses both the word "self" and the word "esteem" - Philippians 2:3 says,"...let each esteem others better than himself." But, so what? It's only the Bible. We have moved beyond that outdated book.