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Chubby Checker feeling ignored by Rock Hall of Fame

Chubby Checker.

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Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it’s time to induct him into its exclusive club before it’s too late. ‘‘I don’t want to get in there when I’m 85 years old. I’ll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I’m still smiling,’’ Checker said last week. Checker’s recordings of ‘‘The Twist,’’ and subsequent ‘‘Let’s Twist Again’’ are considered among the most popular songs in the history of rock ’n’ roll. “If you put me in when I’m too old to make a living, then it’s no good for me to be in there,’’ said the 72-year-old recording artist. He added: ‘‘The Rolling Stones, they’re in there. The Beastie Boys are in there, they’re young. Hall and Oates were just in there and they’re still making money.’’ He made the comments on the red carpet for the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York where he performed ‘‘Let’s Twist Again’’ for the ASCAP Centennial celebration. A representative for the Rock Hall didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

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