BRAND BOULEVARD — Glendale secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records on Saturday as nearly 1,700 people joined with singer Chubby Checker to dance "the Twist" — 50 years after the song dominated the airwaves.
"We're going to break that sucker, and we're going to go down in history," Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian said, encouraging the large crowd waiting for Checker to take the stage and sing his hit No. 1 song "The Twist" to join in the record attempt.
Checker's performance headlined the city's 17th annual Cruise Night, which filled a blocked-off stretch of Brand Boulevard with more than 450 classic cars and trucks and retro music acts.
As the clock neared 9 p.m. Saturday, event officials seemed concerned that the city's record attempt would miss the mark.
While thousands watched Checker perform, in order to be officially counted by the Guinness official who had come from New York for the occasion, people doing the classic dance had to go into two "Twist pens" on either side of the stage. Turnstiles counted each person who entered the fenced-off dance area.