NEW YORK: Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it's time to induct him.
"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," Checker said on Thursday.
Checker's recording of "The Twist," followed by "Let's Twist Again," are considered among the most popular songs in the history of Rock and Roll.
"'Let's Twist Again' was the first rock 'n' roll song that received a Grammy (in 1962)," Checker pointed out.
The 72-year old recording artist equates a place in the Cleveland, Ohio-based hall to the ability to sustain his career.
"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."
He added: "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."
He made the comments on the red carpet for the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York where Checker performed "Let's Twist Again" for the ASCAP Centennial celebration.
At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, Daryl Hall mentioned that Hall and Oates was the first Philadelphia-based band to be inducted. And after mentioning Chubby Checker, he responded: "Why isn't he in?"