In the late 1950s, when the world was still in the grips of the Cold War, the Checkerskis were among the most successful and influential girls’ clubs in the US.
Their first season of clubs in Brooklyn, New York, was a huge success and helped spark the birth of a new wave of American girls’ music and dance, which was to lead to the emergence of the world’s most popular dance groups, including the Doors, Madonna and Beyoncé.
“The Checkskis are the greatest American girl group of all time, I think,” said the singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who is known for her lyrics like “I’m so glad I’m not a girl”.
“And they’re my heroes.
It’s like a dream come true.”
But their second season was far less successful.
In 1961, the New York City district attorney, John J. McCarthy, announced a civil rights investigation into the Checs for their alleged “disgraceful” and “unlawful conduct”.
In December 1961, a jury found them guilty of “conduct detrimental to the public morals”, and they were sentenced to six months in prison.
“It was like a nightmare, the entire city was going crazy.
The Checkeys had to have a very good lawyer,” recalled Winehouse.
“And you have to have the whole world’s attention, because they were doing a lot of work.”
Checkey, who was in her mid-20s at the time, and her two young daughters, Mary and Nancy, attended a rehabilitation centre in Harlem to help cope with the pain of their convictions.
“I remember looking out at the people outside the door.
They were smiling.
I didn’t know what was going on,” Checker said.
“But when they saw the pictures of them, they were so proud.”
In the years following McCarthy’s decision, the two-time Grammy Award winner and the former Beatle, Alice Cooper, went on to form Alice in Chains, a group of young musicians, musicians, and dancers who toured the world in support of the Chekres’ record label, EMI Records.
“They became the face of the music business in the country,” said Winehouse of the group.
Alice in Blue and Checkee in the Red are the first major American artists to feature on an album from the Chechys. “
Then you have the Beatle and Alice in Black, which is a group with such a big impact on pop culture.”
Alice in Blue and Checkee in the Red are the first major American artists to feature on an album from the Chechys.
Check in the Blue has sold over 200m records worldwide and, in 2017, became the first songwriter to win the Grammy for Album of the Year.
Checckee in Red, which will be released on August 23, 2018, will also feature a track from the group’s last album, and its first single, “It’s Like the End of a Dream”.
Checkeys latest record, The Chekkiest Hour, was released in 2015 and featured appearances by Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna.
Chech’s second album, Checked Out, was produced by the group and features appearances by Jay Z, Usher, Lil Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa.
“You see this album,” Chech said of her new record.
“There are songs on it that we’ve been trying to write for a long time.
We’ve been working on songs for so long, it’s really hard to put them together.”
Chek has also made some major contributions to pop culture.
“She’s become one of the biggest pop stars of our generation, because she’s an iconic figure,” said Justin Timberfield.
Chek’s husband, Chekka, has also played an important role in popular culture.
In addition to being the lead singer of Lady Gaga’s Lady Gaga Live!
tour, Chech is an integral part of the musical world’s biggest and most successful music duo.
“Chekka is just an incredible talent.
She is so special.
She’s like an alien from another planet,” said Jennifer Lopez.
Checa, a former model and dancer who became a pop culture icon, was the most popular female entertainer of her generation.
Check also is the subject of a book by The Associated Press which describes ChecK as “the most influential female pop star of the 1980s”.
“She was the star of our industry, the pop star,” said Nick Cannon, a producer for Madonna’s 1998 album, In My Life.
Checo was also known for being one of Madonna’s biggest fans and has since starred in movies including American Beauty, Lady Gaga: The Story, and American Honey.
Checila’s life story was also featured on an episode of ABC’s 30 Rock.
Chechel was the first Latina