As Chubby Checker sees it, his version of "The Twist" and the dance of the same name changed music history back in 1960.
The song was originally sung by Hank Ballard, and then someone passed it along to Checker, who put his spin on it.
"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Checker said Monday.
The kids in his neighborhood were already doing the dance when his band recorded it in 1959, he said. Checker promoted it for what seemed like forever throughout the eastern United States, urging disc jockeys to play it, giving interviews about it and live performances of it.
The song's popularity took off when 19-year-old Checker appeared on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" in 1960.
"They saw the Twist on 'American Bandstand' and lost their minds," he said. "This is what we're celebrating. We brought something here that's still here, and it was the biggest event in the music industry."