Chubby Checker and his wife Miss World couldn’t buy a decent home after the wedding

Chubby Checker has been married to his wife, former beauty queen Catharina Lodders, for almost six decades. In the first few months of their interracial marriage, they struggled with American racial issues and struggled to buy a house.

American rock and roll singer and dancer Chubby Checker is known for popularizing dance styles like Pony Dance and Twist Dance. He’s also the man behind the evergreen hit “Let’s Twist Again”.

However, Checker is not known only for his music and dancing. He is also famous for his long-standing and happy marriage to former Miss World Catharin Lodders.

Although the couple have been married for many years, they struggled early in their interracial union due to racial issues and struggled to find accommodation. Learn about Checker’s career, his marriage to Lodders, and more.


Checker was born on October 3, 1941. He did several odd jobs as a young boy. These included shining shoes, selling ice cream and being a butcher’s assistant.

He was not always called “Chubby Checker”. Checker revealed how he came to bear his now famous name when he appeared on Fox 8 News “Cleveland” in 2015. He said he was quite overweight when he was young.

The musician explained that he was doing something for radio personality Dick Clark and playing the piano when a lady said, “It’s Chubby.” Afterward, the woman added, “It’s Chubby like Fats and Checker like Domino.”

The lady then joined Checker in Chubby, and it became “Chubby Checker”. It turned out that the lady who gave him the name was Dick Clark’s wife.

Checker had a knack for imitating others. Therefore, he liked to emulate the styles of Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley, whom he idolized.

He joined his musical group, The Quantrells, which performed in the streets and in churches. These performances caught the attention of Philadelphia music executives.

In 1959, he signed with Cameo-Parkway Records. It wasn’t long before we released two minor hits, “The Class” and “Dancing Dinosaur”. Cameo-Parkway convinced Checker to create his version of Hank Ballard’s originally written and performed song, “The Twist.”

After Checker released his version of the song, he breathed new life into the modestly successful Ballard version through a dance routine.

“The Twist” was more than dance but also revolutionary because it allowed couples to separate from each other on the dance floor.

Thanks to the dance routine, Checker’s version of the song was incredibly successful and rose to the top of the Billboard charts in 1960 and again in 1962. In doing so, it became the first and only 45 single. to climb to the top of the Billboard charts in two different years.

Following the success of the song, Checker recorded more songs. However, none of his other releases managed to reach the heights reached by “The Twist”.

That didn’t stop Checker from capitalizing on the song’s success by releasing songs with similar titles. He also turned “The Twist” into a million dollar business, with its name becoming one of entertainment’s most popular.

Checker has made huge revenues selling shirts, pants, blouses, shoes, sweaters, towels, bracelets, rings, cuff bars and more.

Checker was not only known for his singing and dancing. He also starred in two films, “Twist Around the Clock” and “Don’t Knock the Twist”.

Checker has not only been successful professionally. He also experienced success in his marriage to Catharina Lodders. His wife is a former Dutch model and beauty queen who made history when she won the Miss World beauty pageant in London.

Lodders was only 20 when she beat the other competitors before she was crowned. However, this was not her first experience in a beauty pageant.

Checker and Lodders’ love for each other ultimately helped them overcome their initial difficulties.

Before being crowned Miss World in 1962, Lodders (now Rina Evans) won Miss Holland the same year. She was also Miss International 1962’s third runner-up.

Although she won Miss World 1962, Lodders remained humble in insisting that she was not the most beautiful girl in the world but only the most beautiful girl in the contest.

Checker and Lodders go back a long way in their beautiful relationship. The musician proposed to the beauty queen on December 12, 1963, a month after ending her Miss World reign. The couple had previously met in Manila.

On April 12, 1964, Checker married Lodders at Temple Lutheran Church in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Reverend George L. Garver officiated the couple’s wedding.

On May 2, 2016, the Cameo Parkway Facebook fan page shared a photo from Checker and Lodders’ wedding, showing the couple as they posed all smiles with record label president Bernie Lowe and his wife, Roz Lowe .

When Checker and Lodders married, interracial marriage was legal in New Jersey and in the Lutheran Church. However, that did not prevent the Reverend from being the target of racist protests and threats. Eventually, he resigned from the pastorship of the church.

Checker and Lodders remained grateful to Garver for officiating their wedding and were present at his 100th birthday celebration in 2015.

The couple continued to experience racial issues during the first months of their marriage. Jet Magazine interviewed Checker and Lodders to find out more about their well-being in the aftermath of their wedding.

Checker expressed his joy over his marriage and said that even if his marriage and Lodder’s were interracial, it would succeed despite the odds.

Checker added that Lodders knew about America’s racial issues but didn’t care. He revealed that he and his wife got along very well and got along very well together before adding that they shared a similar outlook on life.

Checker further said there was no problem between his family and his wife and added that they often had the opportunity to spend time with them.

Meanwhile, after their wedding, the couple moved from a small apartment they lived in while waiting to finish a larger one at the Drake. Therefore, they spent their first Christmas as husband and wife in Sweden with his parents.

Lodders has expressed his desire that she and Checker have their own home. However, the couple were discriminated against while trying to buy a home in suburban Philadelphia.

Checker explained that he and his wife belonged to a new generation who did not believe in and would not accept segregation.

He said they would keep looking until they could find the type of home they wanted and get it with dignity. During the conversation with Jet, Checker revealed the advice he gave his wife as they learned to adjust to the United States as an interracial couple. He said:

“I tell him to ‘keep your eyes and ears open and you will learn a lot.”

The love of Checker and Lodders ultimately helped them overcome their initial struggles and helped them overcome some setbacks during their marriage.

The couple share three children, Bianca Johanna Evans, born December 8, 1966, WNBA star Mistie Bass and musician Shan Egan. They are also grandparents of seven grandchildren.