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"Peppermint Twist" is a song written by Joey Dee and Henry Glover, recorded and released by Joey Dee and the Starliters in 1961. Capitalizing on the Twist dance craze and the nightclub in which Dee performed ("The Peppermint Lounge"), the song hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in early 1962. The original recording of the song was considered too long for release on a 45 rpm single, so it was split into two parts. It was this first part, "Peppermint Twist (Part 1)" which became the No. 1 hit; the mostly instrumental second half of the recording is rarely heard today.

"Peppermint Twist" replaced Chubby Checker's "The Twist," the song that sparked the Twist craze, at the number one position. A version by Bill Haley & His Comets was recorded for Armed Forces Radio in 1962, but was not released until 2000.

The lead singer in the Starliters' version is David Brigati, whose brother, Eddie Brigati, was a singer for the 60's hit pop group, the (Young) Rascals.

The song was later covered by Dee Dee Sharp the classic rock band Sweet, et al.

In popular culture

The Joey Dee and the Starliters recording features in the film "American Graffiti" (1973).

Preceded by
"The Twist" by Chubby Checker
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
January 27, 1962 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler

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