Pony Time

Album: It's Pony Time (1960)
Charted: 27 1

Songfacts®:

  • Chubby Checker rode "Pony Time" to #1 in America in February 1961, five months after he topped the chart with "The Twist." Both songs are about dances, with Checker calling out instructions on how to do them. Dance crazes were all the rage in the early '60s, and Checker had a grip on that market. He also delivered "The Hucklebuck" and "The Fly."
  • The soul singer Don Covay recorded the original version of "Pony Time" and released it as the first single with his group The Goodtimers in 1960. Checker's version came out soon after and became the hit, as he was the big name. The Goodtimers' rendition made it to #60 in March 1961, a month after Checker's topped the chart.
  • Don Covay wrote this song with John Berry; they were in a group together called The Rainbows. Berry and Covay teamed up to write songs that were recorded by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters ("The Continental Walk"), Solomon Burke ("I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You") and Steppenwolf ("Sookie Sookie"). Both had solo careers as well, but were more accomplished as songwriters; Covay wrote "Chain Of Fools" and "See Saw," both hits for Aretha Franklin.
  • This is based on a 1928 song by the R&B piano man Pinetop Smith called "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie."
  • Unlike "The Twist," "Pony Time" was a #1 R&B hit, Checker's only #1 on that chart.

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