Steve Alaimo, Twist With Steve Alaimo, Checker 2981, 1961
Quick, which artist had the most Hot 100 hits without ever hitting the Top 40? If you guessed Steve Alaimo, you guessed right. From the downtime, twist-wise, of 1961, between the two times Chubby Checker took the song to Number One, young Steve Alaimo tried to break through with it.
This time, we actually get the artist showing us how to do the easiest dance ever, but it doesn’t help. Despite the various costume changes, the record failed to chart. But it did set in motion a career as an artist, writer and producer that lasted into the 1990s. It doesn’t matter if one is not familiar with his crowning achievement as an artist, 1963’s Everyday I Have To Cry Some, a #45 hit. Most everyone will know the work he did with TK Records, particularly with KC & The Sunshine Band.
Checker was the second label of Chess Records, the Chicago based, mob tied, rock and blues label. Im sure the young Steve Alaimo learned a lot from the Chess Brothers and how they ran their business, even if he wasn’t with the company for very long. This record is in pretty bad shape, but it’s probably very rare and I never knew it existed until I found it in a $2 bin. So while I gave it a listen for a bit, I must say that it was probably a smart move for Steve to move into producing…
Cost: $2, $785 Remaining