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In 1959, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters released the original version of "The Twist" as a b-side. Later that same year, Chubby Checker released a cover which became a hit. Over the next few years, hundreds of records with a "twist beat" were released around the world, with the craze peaking in 1962. The novelty quickly began to fade in the wake of the British Invasion before a "twist revival" briefly took hold in the 1980s.

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