Chubby Checker on 'Twist' 50th anniversary tour

A member of the audience dances on stage with recording artist Chubby Checker during a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the song, 'The Twist'  in Philadelphia Friday July 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

A member of the audience dances on stage with recording artist Chubby Checker during a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the song, "The Twist" in Philadelphia Friday July 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Recording artist Chubby Checker smiles during a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the song 'The Twist'  in Philadelphia Friday July 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Recording artist Chubby Checker smiles during a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the song "The Twist" in Philadelphia Friday July 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

CHALMETTE, La. — Chubby Checker's celebration of the 50th anniversary of his hit song "The Twist" continues Aug. 14 in Chalmette.

The concert featuring Chubby Checker and the Wild Cats is a benefit for a project to illuminate the Port of St. Bernard (Kaiser) tower as a colorful beacon.

Checker — born Ernest Evans — recorded the song in June 1959, and had turned it into a hit by August 1960, according to the biography on his website, www.chubbychecker.com.

He's been performing 50th anniversary concerts at least since October 2009, and gave a free one on July 7 in Philadelphia, where he grew up.

Checker's website says "The Twist" is the only song ever to hit No. 1 twice. The second time was in January 1962.

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