Chubby Checker ‎– Limbo Party

Parkway ‎– P-7020
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono

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A1 La La Limbo
Written-By – Appell*, Mann*
A2 Mary Ann Limbo
Written-By – Leon*, Sheldon*
A3 Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Written-By – Mann*
A4 Baby, Come Back
Written-By – Wallis*, Mann*
A5 Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell
Written-By – Hilliard*, D. Mann*
A6 The Bossa Nova
Written-By – Appell*, Mann*
B1 Limbo Rock
Written-By – Strange*, Sheldon*
B2 When The Saints Go Limbo In
Written-By – Appell*, Mann*
B3 Jamaica Farewell
Written-By – Irving Burgie
B4 Banana Boat Limbo Song
Written-By – Sheldon*
B5 Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune)
Written-By – Jobim*, Cavanaugh*, Hendricks*, Mendonca*
B6 La Bamba
Written-By – R. Valens*

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SP-7020, SP 7020 Chubby Checker Limbo Party(LP, Album) Parkway, Parkway SP-7020, SP 7020 US 1962 Sell This Version
P-C7020 Chubby Checker Limbo Party(LP, Album, Mono) Parkway P-C7020 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
P 7020 Chubby Checker Limbo Party(LP, Album) Cameo Parkway P 7020 UK Unknown Sell This Version
P7020 Chubby Checker Limbo Party(LP, Album) Cameo Parkway P7020 Israel 1962 Sell This Version
SP-7020 Chubby Checker Limbo Party(LP, Album) EMI SP-7020 Australia Unknown Sell This Version



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July 2, 2017
Abandoning for a moment his obsession with "The Twist," Chubby Checker branches out into new territory on this 1962 epic entitled Limbo Party. The half-tacky/half-serious liner notes are unusual -- and uncredited -- in fact, the only credit is to singer Chubby Checker, with a rare mention of his birth name, Ernest Evans, and the statement that he was barely 20 when releasing this. He was actually four days away from turning 21 when the Sheldon/Strange composition shot to Number Two on the charts, the singer's third biggest hit behind "Pony Time" and "The Twist." Where other Checker albums beat the same formula into the ground, all songs sounding like the production of his double-Number One-hit, "The Twist," here the producers explore salsa, soft rock, and other styles. "The Bossa Nova" is not "Blame It on the Bossa Nova," and pre-dated Eydie Gorme's hit by a half-a-year or so. It also has that cabaret feel which would be embraced by contemporary Chris Montez four years later -- though Montez was rocking harder than this with "Let's Dance" the same month "Limbo Rock" hit. "When the Saints Go Limbo In," instead of 'marching in' is a bit of a stretch, while "Jamaica Farewell" is a chance for Chubby to sing an island tune. Sing it he does, taking advantage of the opportunity, though the powers that be do slip the word "limbo" into the tender reading, keeping in line with the formula which couldn't be argued with. Checker had a home on the Top 40 charts that eluded other artists, so when he has a "Banana Boat Limbo Song" concocted for him, it is an indulgence the singer is allowed -- and has earned. "Desafinado (Slightly Out of Tune)" is slightly out of tune music designed for playing on a cruise ship: truly a different arena for the twister. Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" gets re-designed with obligatory nods to samba and limbo, and is a fun conclusion to this respectable disc whose hit is its highlight.