San Francisco U.S. District Judge William Alsup is allowing rock n’ roll legend Chubby Checker to proceed with a lawsuit against Hewlett Packard over trademark infringement for using his name on a app that reportedly uses a man’s shoe size to estimate the size of his penis. Alsup ruled in his favor over HP’s motion to dismiss the action.
HP began offering "The Chubby Checker" app for sale in its Palm unit in 2006, but removed it from the Palm as well as its host website in September 2012.
The singer, who was born Ernest Evans October 3, 1941, got his start in show business entertaining customers at his various jobs, including Fresh Farm Poultry on Ninth Street and at the Produce Market (where he was first called “Chubby” by his boss) by singing and telling jokes. He was later introduced to Dick Clark by a friend of the, owner of the Fresh Farm Poultry market, Henry Colt. In turn, the friend, Kal Mann ( a song-writer for Cameo-Parkway Records) arranged for Evans to do a private recording for Dick Clark . It was at that session in 1960, that Clark’s wife gave him his stagename Chubby Checker as a play on the name of Fats Domino.
Although he went on to record numerous songs, Checker is perhaps best known for his 1960 rendition of “The Twist.” The song went on to become the only single to top the Billboard Hot 100 twice, in two separate chart runs, launching a worldwide dance craze, that continues to be a staple at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs to this day.