Hall Of Fame

Mobile Beat HALL OF FAME. The Hall honors individuals who have made a significant impact nationally or internationally on the Mobile entertainment Industry. They have often risked their personal or business finances to attain results that proved beneficial to the entire  industry, spurring growth and enhanced perceptions. These individuals have proven themselves as leaders in their fields through their actions and standards. The MB Hall of Fame is based more on industry achievement vs. individual performance,although most inductees have been or continue to be performers at some level. It does not merely honor the superior achievement embodied in a single work. Instead, it is an acknowledgement of superior achievement in an entire career.

Bruce Keslar – 2006
Dennis Hampson – 2006
Mark Ferrell – 2008
Michael Buonaccorso – 2009
Karl Detken – 2010
Robert Lindquist – 2011
Scott Davies – 2013
Jim Robinson and Pete Werner – 2014

Mobile Beat LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD This award is presented to individuals who have significant and lasting contributions and demonstrations of accomplishments as entertainers over an extended period in the Mobile entertainment Industry. Recipients also should be or have been involved in freely lending their experience and time to benefit others in the mobile entertainment field. It also does not merely honor the superior achievement embodied in a single work. Instead, it is an acknowledgement of superior achievement in an entire career.

John Rozz – 2010

Mobile Beat ARTIST HALL OF FAME Presented to musical artists whose music has become synonymous with the Mobile entertainer which included an appearance at a Mobile Beat industry event.
DJ CASPER 2012
DJ Casper was raised in Englewood,NJ, but he is also known as Mr C,The Slide Man.  Casper’s first hit record,”Casper Slide Pt.1″ also known as “Cha Cha Slide”, was created for a personal trainer at a Bally Total Fitness in 1996, which then grew in popularity as an aerobic exercise at fitness clubs. It was in the year 2000 when Willie Perry Jr. then created a second song titled Casper Slide Pt. 2 and that’s when Chicago’s WGCI-FM radio station picked it up. The song became a hit in Chicago by the year 2004, and “Cha Cha Slide” was later picked up by Universal Records. It also reached #1 on the Mobile Beat Top 200 that year. His “Cha Cha Slide” is played almost weekly at clubs, school dances, parties, skating rinks, bar mitzvahs,sports events, and,of course weddings.

Chubby Checker – 2007

Born October 3, 1941, in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, the son of a tobacco farmer. His family moved to Philadelphia, and as a young boy, Checker worked various jobs shining shoes, selling ice and assisting in a butcher’s shop. Because of his heavy build, he got his nickname, Chubby, while working as a teen at Tony Anastazi’s Produce Store. With a natural gift for imitation, he enjoyed impersonating the styles of his musical heroes Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. He began performing in churches and on the streets with his singing group, The Quantrells, and soon attracted the attention of music executives in Philadelphia.

Checker signed with Cameo-Parkway Records in 1959. His first two singles, “The Class” and “Dancing Dinosaur” were minor hits. Cameo encouraged him to make his own version of “The Twist,” a song originally written and performed by Hank Ballard, which was already having modest success on the charts. But it was Checker’s version and his accompanying dance routine that gave the song new life. He was dubbed “The King of the Twist.” In fact, it was Dick Clark’s wife who came up with the name Checker, a reference to the similarity between the portly singer and Fats Domino.

As a dance movement, the Twist revolutionized popular culture by giving couples the freedom to break apart on the dance floor. An appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand launched Checker’s version of “The Twist” to the No. 1 billboard spot in August 1961, where it remained on the charts for 18 straight weeks. In November of that year, it reentered the charts again for a record-breaking 21 weeks. With this formidable achievement, “The Twist” became the first and only 45 single to ever appear in the No. 1 spot in two different years.

Although Checker recorded many more songs in the following years, none ever matched the success of “The Twist.” He continued to capitalize on the twist theme with similarly titled songs, such as “Twistin’ U.S.A.” and “Twist it Up” in the early 1960s, and even “Let’s Twist Again” in 1999. He also starred in two films featuring the twist sensation, Twist Around the Clock (1961) and Don’t Knock the Twist (1962).

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