Chubby Checker was an early rock 'n' roller who had a hit with the song and dance sensation "The Twist." American singer Chubby Checker was born Ernest Evans on October 3, , in Spring Gulley, South Carolina. Checker performed on the Philadelphia streets before signing with. Ernest Evans was born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, but grew up in South Philadelphia, where he lived with his parents and two brothers. When he was a.