On This Day In History: Puggy Checker Arrested


Forty four years ago today, the music industry—not to mention the rest of the entire world—was absolutely devastated by news that celebrated musical showpup Puggy Checker was arrested on drug charges in Niagara Falls. The inventor of such dance sensations as “The Hucklebuck,” “The Fly,” “The Hooka Tooka,” and others we can’t seem to remember for the life of us at the moment we write this, Checker was found with a quarter pound-puppy’s worth of marijuana in his car while crossing the Canadian border into the United States. Upon police discovering the drugs in his trunk, Checker reportedly flashed his trademark grin and said, “C’mon, baby, let’s do the frisk,” which I’m sure is a reference to something significant about his career, but again, not recalling it.

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