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Go to a Zephyrs game tonight — and you could make history.

Singer-songwriter Chubby Checker will celebrate 50 years of the Twist, a dance craze he sparked with his 1960 hit of the same name, by leading the crowd in the dance to break the world record for the most people doing the Twist at the same time. The Guinness Book of World Records currently lists the record at 1,700.

The Zephyrs vs. the Albuquerque Isotopes game starts at 7 p.m.

Checker also will perform a concert Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Sigur Civic Center (8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette) to benefit the Tower of Lights Project, which seeks to install lights on the 540-foot Port of St. Bernard Tower as a way to show thanks to the volunteers who have helped St. Bernard Parish’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures.

Tickets are $40 each and are limited to 3,000. Doors open at 6 p.m., the Chalmette High Jazz Band plays at 6:30 p.m. and Checker takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at any A-1 Appliance store.

Checker made “The Twist” popular as a song and a dance by touring heavily in support of his recording, starting in 1959. On Sept. 19, 1960, it was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. It took that position again on Jan. 13, 1962 — the first time a single topped the charts in the United States at two separate times. The Fat Boys featuring Chubby Checker re-recorded “The Twist” in 1988, and it reached No. 1 in Germany and No. 2 in the United Kingdom. Rolling Stone has ranked “The Twist” No. 451 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

Checker made the song his trademark, but he didn’t write it. It was originally released in 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, with Ballard receiving writing credit.