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Brick Business Owner Also Known for Chubby Checker Album Cover Dies

Joan D. Buchanan known for her Herbertsville Road business, church organ talent

Brick Business Owner Also Known for Chubby Checker Album Cover Dies
A Brick Township woman who worked as a model and actress and appeared on the cover of a Chubby Checker album has died.

Joan D. Buchanan, 75, died June 9 at her home, according to an obituary posted on Legacy.com.

Buchanan, the obituary said, was born in Pennsylvania and lived in Newark before moving to Brick in 1964. A graduate of Northwestern University, Buchanan worked as a model and actress early in her career and was the original model on the cover of Chubby Checker's "Twist" album.

Buchanan is best known in Brick for her family's business – Buchanan's Beer Distributors and car wash on Herbertsville Road – and for playing the organ at Epiphany Roman Catholic Church in Brick and St. Martha's Church in Point Pleasant Borough, the obituary said.

Buchanan's funeral was held June 13.

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