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Hank Ballard and the Midnighters

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters

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Hank Ballard (1987)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1987

From Alabama to Detroit, from The Royals to The Midnighters, the great Hank Ballard tells of Clyde McPhatter, Billy Ward, King Records and 'The Twist' and 'Work With Me Annie'

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.2meg, total interview length: 46' 05" sound quality: ***

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Hank Ballard: The Man Who Twisted Himself

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1974

COVER VERSIONS have long been the bane of the rhythm and blues field of music. During the 'Fifties, the major record companies kept their ears ...

Hank Ballard: Midnight Man

Retrospective by Cliff White, History of Rock, The, 1982

HANK BALLARD is most often remembered as the man who wrote ‘The Twist’ but lost out to Chubby Chucker as the populariser of the dance ...

Hank Ballard & The Midnighters: From The Sins Of Annie To The Twist

Retrospective by Nick Tosches, Creem, March 1983

IT WAS TOWARDS the end of 1951 that Johnny Otis (born John Veliotes; he found it gainful to pass as black), the 30-year-old Savoy recording ...

Hank Ballard: The 'Twist' and Turns of a Rock Pioneer

Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, December 1985

HANK BALLARD wrote and recorded ‘The Twist’, but it was Chubby Checker who had the big hit record. With the early R&B group, the Royals, ...

Hank Ballard & The Royals

Retrospective by Pete Grendysa, Goldmine, August 1988

THE ROYALS HAD a brief but important part to play in the development of rock 'n' roll. They were door-openers much like the Chords and ...

Hank Ballard: A Talk With Mr. Twister

Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Reader, August 1993

If you not movin' your hips, it just ain't happenin'. – Hank Ballard on dancing ...

Hank Ballard 1927-2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

RHYTHM & BLUES singer Hank Ballard (76) died of throat cancer on March 2 at his home in Los Angeles. His chief claim to ...

The Grim Reporter April 2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, April 2003

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten ...

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