June 29, 2017 Records of the Day

Other than Chubby Checker no one had more success with the Twist than Joey Dee and the Starliters. When they became the house band at New York’s Peppermint Lounge it was pure pandemonium, attracting celebrities from John Wayne to Jackie Kennedy. In 1962 the “Peppermint Twist” quickly hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the band’s biggest hit but worth no more than $20.00. However, in 1958, Joey Dee and the Starliters recorded “Lorraine” for Little Records. An original copy can sell for $1,000.00 today.

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