Santucci Priore, P.L. client, Ernest Evans is a legendary musical entertainer known by his stage name “Chubby Checker.”
CHUBBY CHECKER – The Man – The Entertainer –The Pop Culture Legend
Early Years – Origins of the State Name “Chubby Checker”
Ernest Evans, p/k/a “Chubby Checker” was born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina and was raised in South Philadelphia where he would sing songs on street corners. While entertaining his boss “Tony A” with his songs while working in the poultry section of an Italian market, Mr. “A” coined him “Chubby,” a stage name he immediately adopted with courage and pride. The idea to add “checker” to his original nickname, was inspired by Dick Clark’s wife during a recording session.
The only song to hit #1 twice.
Chubby Checker first gained national prominence in 1960, when his recording of The Twist shot to #1 on the Billboard Magazine “Hot 100” singles chart. It remained on the chart at #1 for eighteen weeks. In 1961, Chubby Checker’s original recording of The Twist reentered the “Hot 100” chart and reclaimed the #1 position by January, 1962. No other song before or since has reclaimed the #1 position after leaving the charts. Combining its 1960 success with its 1961-62 return, The Twist spent nine months on the “Hot 100” singles charts.
For the 50th anniversary of the “Hot 100” chart in 2008, Chubby Checker’s recording of The Twist was selected by Billboard Magazine as the # 1 song on its chart of all-time.
Doing the Twist – A Dance Never Forgotten
Chubby Checker’s performance of The Twist in 1960 on “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand” and on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in 1961, spurred an international dance craze in the early 1960’s. Fifty years later, the song is still played. People, from toddlers to seniors, are still doing “The Twist.”
Continued Commercial Success
Chubby Checker’s commercial success continued with the song Let’s Twist Again, for which he won the first Grammy Award for “Best Rock Performance” ever in 1961. Then his recording of Pony Time hit #1 on the “Hot 100” chart in 1962.
Chubby Checker was also featured in several feature films and television appearances, including:
The film Twist Around The Clock in 1961
The film Don’t Knock The Twist in 1962
The film Spider-Man 3 in 2007
The concert and video for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Feelin’ Alright in 2009
ABC’s TV show Dancing on Ice in 2010
AMC’s TV show Mad Men in 2007
Chubby Checker adheres to a fairly aggressive performance schedule, still to this day with his group Chubby Checker and the Wildcats. They are booked through Paradise Artists in California: http://paradiseartists.com/
Law firm of SANTUCCI PRIORE, P.L. and Attorney Michael I. Santucci www.500law.com
Santucci Priore, P.L. is a Fort Lauderdale, Florida based law firm that has handled intellectual property, entertainment and commercial litigation matters all over the United States, and trademark and patent matters worldwide. See “15 Facts About the Firm” https://500law.com/15-facts/
Michael Santucci is dedicated to protecting and nurturing entrepreneurs, small business owners, artists and entertainers inspired by his experience growing up in the music business as a child. Michael Santucci has handled litigation and business transactions involving musical artists and companies such as Universal Music, Universal Studios, Hewlett-Packard, Warner/Chappell and Warner Brothers, Bob Marley, Ultra Music Festival, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Jenifer Lopez, 50 Cent and Timbaland. Michael Santucci is responsible for thousands of trademarks and registrations throughout the world.
In 2002, Michael Santucci tried a case against The Walt Disney Company with co-counsel Willie E. Gary, and the late Johnny Cochran in which they obtained a record Two Hundred Forty Million Dollars ($240,000,000) for their clients, entrepreneurs Edward Russell and Nicholas Stracick of All Pro Sports Camps, involving Disney’s Wide World of Sports. See https://500law.com/practice/our-cases/
Santucci Priore, P.L., together with the Gary firm, has been representing Chubby Checker for several years including a recently-settled case against Hewlett-Packard for the unauthorized use of his stage name and trademarks. This legal team has vowed to send a message to the business community that they have to pay their fair share to artists and other icons of pop culture. Michael Santucci says: “This isn’t the 1950’s where exploitation of artists was commonplace. We will protect Chubby Checker and other grandparents of pop-music and culture to the fullest extent of the law.”
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Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti & Watson, P.L.L.C. and Attorney Willie E. Gary www.garylawgroup.com
The Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti & Watson, P.L.L.C. is located in Stuart, Florida in a converted hotel at which attorney Willie E. Gary once washed dishes. The firm handles cases ranging from personal injury to discrimination to commercial litigation. The firm was founded by Willie E. Gary whose very humble beginnings and rise therefrom is a classic American success story.
Willie Gary is known as one of the nation’s best trial attorneys, and is responsible for various eight and nine figure jury verdicts, including the nine-figure jury verdict against Disney with co-counsel and intellectual property attorney Michael I. Santucci. Mr. Gary is credited with over 150 cases, each valued in excess of $1 million throughout his career. Gary was featured in Ebony magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans.” Forbes Magazine named him one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in the United States.”
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Fort Lauderdale attorney Michael I. Santucci, who is a managing partner of Santucci Priore, P.L, and Daniel Devine of Santucci Priore P.L., helped settle a federal lawsuit regarding intellectual property rights owned by Ernest Evans, the legendary musical artist commonly known as “Chubby Checker.”
Chubby Checker is best known for his hit song “The Twist” which rose to #1 on Billboard Magazine’s “Hot 100” singles chart. In 2008, “The Twist” was selected by Billboard as the #1 all-time song on its “Hot 100” 50th anniversary chart. “The Twist” inspired an international dance craze in the early 1960’s, and is still popular in dance parties around the world. The legendary musician has reached a settlement with Hewlett-Packard Company and Palm, Inc. over a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California in February 2013.
In October 2006, Palm users through the Hewlett-Packard App Catalog were able to download “The Chubby Checker” app which allowed users to estimate the size of a man’s penis based on his shoe size. According to the Complaint, Mr. Evans claimed that Hewlett-Packard and Palm had “full knowledge of the icon-status of Mr. Evans and Plaintiffs’ famous Chubby Checker marks” when it offered the app for sale. HP denied such claims, but U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup allowed the case to continue, noting that he found it unlikely that the musician would have consented to license his name to such a product. In the agreement filed with the Court, HP denied liability but agreed not to make any future use of Mr. Evans’s stage name, trademarks and service mark, including “Chubby Checker”, “Chubby Checker’s Snacks King of the Twist Food Products”, “Chubby Checker’s New York Twist” or any other registered mark.
Mr. Santucci commented that the “matter was resolved to the mutual satisfaction of all parties.” Chubby Checker continues to make music and tour around the country.
Mr. Evans was represented by Michael I. Santucci and Daniel Devine of Santucci Priore, P.L. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Mr. Willie E. Gary of Gary Williams Parenti Watson & Gary P.L.
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