|Willie Perry Jr.|
May 31, 1971|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Labels||Island Def Jam, Universal Records|
Perry Jr. was raised in Englewood, Chicago, and is known as Casper because he almost always wears white clothing on stage. He is also known as Mr. C - The Slide Man. Casper's first hit record, "Casper Slide Pt. 1"--also known as "Cha Cha Slide"--was created by Casper for his nephew, who worked as a personal trainer at a Bally Total Fitness in 1998. After the song grew in popularity as an aerobic exercise at fitness clubs and PE in schools, Casper created a second song in 2000, titled "Casper Slide Pt. 2", which was picked up by Elroy Smith at Chicago's WGCI-FM radio station. The song became a hit in Chicago in 2004, when the city's M.O.B. Records record label became involved as well, helping Casper create a whole compilation album with other Chicago-based artists to promote the dance. "Cha Cha Slide" was later picked up by Universal Records.
In January 2016, Perry Jr. was diagnosed with kidney cancer and neuroendocrine cancer. After unsuccessful surgery the same month, he began chemotherapy. In an interview in July 2018, he stated he was in remission.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Cha Cha Slide"||2000||83||24||83||3||12||86||1||Cha-Cha Slide: The Original Slide Album|
|"Oops Upside Your Head"||2004||-||-||-||25||-||-||16||Non-Album Single|
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