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Hank Ballard: The Man Who Twisted Himself

Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 19 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 open for promising tunes by black artists then recorded them for the white market using clean-cut All-American white boys, Pat Boone being the most notorious plagiarist of them all.

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