Chubby Checker in plea to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Chubby Checker has urged the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct him into its exclusive club before it is too late.

The Twist and Let's Twist Again singer said, "I don't want to get in there when I'm 85 years old. I'll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I'm still smiling".

Rock'n'roll star Chubby Checker on the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala's red carpet. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York, the 72-year-old Grammy winner stressed: "If you put me in when I'm too old to make a living, then it's no good for me to be in there."

"The Rolling Stones, they're in there. The Beastie Boys are in there, they're young. Hall and Oates were just in there and they're still making money."