DJ Casper

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DJ Casper
Birth nameWillie Perry Jr.
Born (1971-05-31) May 31, 1971 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active1998-present
LabelsIsland Def Jam, Universal Records

Willie Perry Jr. (born May 31, 1971), best known as DJ Casper, is an American songwriter and DJ.[1]

Perry Jr. was raised in Englewood, Chicago, and is known as Casper because he almost always wears white clothing on stage. He is also known as Mr. C – The Slide Man.[2] Casper's first hit record, "Casper Slide Pt. 1"—also known as "Cha Cha Slide"—was created by Casper for his nephew, who worked as a personal trainer at a Bally Total Fitness in 1998. After the song grew in popularity as an aerobic exercise at fitness clubs and PE in schools, Casper created a second song in 2000, titled "Casper Slide Pt. 2", which was picked up by Elroy Smith at Chicago's WGCI-FM radio station. The song became a hit in Chicago in 2004, when the city's M.O.B. Records record label became involved as well, helping Casper create a whole compilation album with other Chicago-based artists to promote the dance. "Cha Cha Slide" was later picked up by Universal Records.

In January 2016, Perry Jr. was diagnosed with kidney cancer and neuroendocrine cancer.[3][4] After unsuccessful surgery the same month, he began chemotherapy.[4] In an interview in July 2018, he stated he was in remission.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Out Champ (1999)
  • Casper (2001)

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
GER IRE NL SWI UK
"Cha Cha Slide" 2000 83 24 83 3 12 86 1 Cha-Cha Slide: The Original Slide Album
"Oops Upside Your Head" 2004 - - - 25 - - 16 Non-Album Single

References[edit]

  1. ^ CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Business
  2. ^ V103.com Archived 2008-08-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Benefit for Casper/Cancer Meds by Willie Casper Perry - GoFundMe". GoFundMe. 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  4. ^ a b "'Cha Cha Slide' Creator DJ Casper Fighting Cancer - JetMag.com". Jet Magazine. 2016-05-20. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  5. ^ "'Orange Is the New Black: Behind Season 6 Most Surprising Cameo". Vanity Fair. 2018-07-28.