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The Early Drummers Of Rock And Roll

“The Twist,” “Let’s Twist Again,” and “Slow Twist” by Chubby Checker

The twist beat is a classic drum groove that features a snare pattern of three notes that fall on 2 & and 4, adding a little syncopation to the standard rock beat with backbeats on 2 and 4. Ironically, neither “The Twist” nor “Let’s Twist Again” uses that drumbeat. However, Checker’s duet with Dee Dee Sharp on “Slow Twistin’” does employ the beat the dance style is associated with. Ellis Tollin was the creative drummer behind these slyly suggestive songs.

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