Talk:Twist (dance)

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The title of the page?[edit]

Dances are sometimes talked about in the definite form ("the waltz is in triple time") but the dances themselves care called "waltz", "two-step" and "twist", not "the twist".

Since the dance is the main focus of the article and several songs mentioned in it including the first one, "The Twist", IMHO the article should be moved to "twist (dance)". If someone later wants to give the song a separate article under the current name, fine with me. // Habj 14:41, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

"Let's Twist Again" missing[edit]

What about "Let's twist again", the follow-up? 惑乱 分からん 14:46, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

It's now listed in the #Twist hits on Billboard section. Hyacinth (talk) 21:28, 23 October 2015 (UTC)
Presumably it deserves mention in relation to the teenage fad and following adult fad. Hyacinth (talk) 21:31, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

"although none was as popular."[edit]

End of first paragraph. Unsure but shouldn't it be "none were as popular". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:24, 30 June 2008

Correct. Change made. "None" is singular when referring to non-countable things but plural when referring to countable things. Hence "None of the food was eaten because none of the kids were hungry."
Brettalan (talk) 04:54, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

Missing song?[edit]

Several popular songs for the Twist are listed in the "Origins" section. Not sure every Twist song recorded deserves mention, but surely "Twist and Shout" deserves a mention? —Preceding unsigned comment added by GrandpaDave (talkcontribs) 03:24, 14 September 2009 (UTC)


1959 or 1960?[edit]

The lead paragraph describes the song "The Twist" as "the B-side of Hank Ballard's 1959 single, 'Teardrops on Your Letter'." However, the list of Twist hit songs from Billboard says "'The Twist' by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (No. 28, 1960)". So, was Hank Ballard's version in 1959 or 1960? If it was recorded in '59 but didn't make the Billboard charts until '60, then the wording should be clarified to explain that. — CWesling (talk) 19:02, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

I've tried to correct this from ISBN 9780823076772. Both Ballard and Checker's versions where released in '59. According to ISBN 9780823076772 the dance inspired the song, which popularized the dance. Hyacinth (talk) 21:35, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

Reversing time?[edit]

"It became the first worldwide dance craze in the late 1950s" ... "The dance was inspired by "The Twist", Chubby Checker's 1960 cover..." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:33, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

I've tried to correct this in the intro. According to ISBN 9780823076772 the dance inspired the song, which popularized the dance. Hyacinth (talk) 21:45, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

An earlier "the twist"[edit]

Apparently there was some dance – or maybe music – called "the twist" years before this, in 1948, in a tune apparently called "Lightnin' Boogie" (by) Lightnin' Hopkins at this point in this video at YouTube after 10 minutes and 3 seconds: "Rock and Roll Before the 50s", posted by Silvan Spektor (H_lqJk5JzeA?t=10m3s). What "the twist" is this, and should it be included here or elsewhere? Misty MH (talk) 11:33, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Try this..... Bo Carter, "Twist It Baby", 1931. What he is singing about could perhaps be interpreted as a dance style, or perhaps not.... It probably has the same origins as "rockin' and rollin'", as a metaphor for sex - and that does not necessarily mean it was a dance - not in public, at least. The article does refer to precursors, in the "Etymology" section. Ghmyrtle (talk) 13:05, 20 November 2017 (UTC)