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Encyclopedia > Hank Ballard
Hank Ballard

Background information
Birth name John Henry Kendricks
Born November 18, 1927
Detroit, Michigan
Origin Bessemer, Alabama
Died March 2, 2003 (aged 75)
Los Angeles, California
Genre(s) Rock 'n' roll
R&B
Funk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Musician
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1951 - 2003
Label(s) Federal
King
People
Associated
acts
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
James Brown

Hank Ballard (born John Henry Kendricks) (November 18, 1927 - March 2, 2003) was an African American R&B/rock singer and the lead vocalist of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters. He played an integral part in the development of rock music releasing the hit singles "Work With Me, Annie" and "Annie Had a Baby" with his Midnighters, later contributed as the sole songwriter of Chubby Checker's "The Twist". Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Founded 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... Bessemer is an American city and suburb of Birmingham located in southwestern Jefferson County, Alabama. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rock and roll - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Federal Records was a sister label to King Records. ... Japanese King Record King Records ) is a Japanese record company, founded in 1931 as a division of the Japanese music publishing house Kodansha. ... Hank Ballard (November 18, 1936 - March 2, 2003) was an American R&B singer and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933[2] – December 25, 2006), commonly referred to as The Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, was an American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Hank Ballard (November 18, 1936 - March 2, 2003) was an American R&B singer and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Rock and roll - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Work With Me, Annie with words and music by Hank Ballard was recorded by The Royals (formerly Hank Ballard & the Midnighters) in Cincinnati on the Federal Records label January 14, 1954 and released in February. ... Chubby Checker is the stage name of Ernest Evans (born October 3, 1941), an American singer best known for popularizing the dance The Twist with his 1960 song The Twist. He was born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina,[1] and raised in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended South Philadelphia High... The Twist was a rock and roll dance popular in the early 1960s and also the name of the song that originated it. ...

Contents

Biography

an early hits compilation

Born John Henry Kendricks in Detroit, Michigan, Ballard grew up in Bessemer, Alabama where he began singing in church and later aspired on a career in music. In 1951, Ballard moved back to Detroit and formed a doo wop group. He soon joined a group called The Royals along with Henry Booth, Charles Sutton, Sonny Woods and Alonzo Tucker. The Royals had already signed to Federal Records when Ballard joined, and the group soon released Get It (1953), an R&B hit. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Founded 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... Bessemer is an American city and suburb of Birmingham located in southwestern Jefferson County, Alabama. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... Federal Records was a sister label to King Records. ... See also: 1952 in music, other events of 1953, 1954 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events Arthur Bliss replaces Arnold Bax as Master of the Queens Musick. ...


The group then changed its name to The Midnighters to avoid confusion with The "5" Royales. Sutton was replaced by Lawson Smith, while Thrasher was replaced by Sonny Woods. Tucker was replaced first by Arthur Porter and then by Cal Green. The 5 Royales was a rhythm and blues (R&B) band from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that combined gospel, jump blues and doo wop, marking an early and influential step in the evolution of soul music. ...


The Midnighters' first major hit was "Work With Me, Annie", a R&B hit that also sold well in mainstream markets, along with the answer song Annie Had a Baby. [1]. Work With Me, Annie with words and music by Hank Ballard was recorded by The Royals (formerly Hank Ballard & the Midnighters) in Cincinnati on the Federal Records label January 14, 1954 and released in February. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... This is an incomplete list. ...


Their third major hit was "Sexy Ways," a song that cemented the band as one of the most risqué groups of the time. They are an illustration of why white radio stations tended to avoid playing songs by black R&B performers. For example, in the song "Open Up the Back Door", he sings a line "I want to make a little cream".


They had four more R&B chart hits in 1954-55. The Midnighters continued releasing singles and albums, and also changed their name to "Hank Ballard and The Midnighters". Their label also changed to King. They had no hits in 1956-58. Then between 1959 and 1961 they had several more both on the R&B and Pop charts, including "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go".


In 1959 Ballard's song "The Twist" was released as the B-side of "Teardrops on Your Letter". A year later Chubby Checker's cover version of the song went to #1 on the pop charts. (It would return to the top of the charts in 1962.) Though this brought about renewed interest in Ballard and The Midnighters for a time, this lasted for only a few years, and the group dissolved in 1965. Ballard tried to launch a solo career, working with James Brown. Though he later tried to re-form The Midnighters, the new lineups never achieved much success. See also: 1958 in music, other events of 1959, 1960 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1959 (date unknown) Jimi Hendrix buys first electric guitar: a White Single pickup Supro Ozark 1560 S. January 5 The first sessions for Ella Fitzgeralds George... The Twist is a 1960 and 1962 hit song performed by American singer Chubby Checker. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Chubby Checker is the stage name of Ernest Evans (born October 3, 1941), an American singer best known for popularizing the dance The Twist with his 1960 song The Twist. He was born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina,[1] and raised in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended South Philadelphia High... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ...


In 1990 Ballard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...


On March 2, 2003 he died of throat cancer in his Los Angeles home, aged 75. is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Throat cancer is a common way of referring to some head and neck cancers, usually squamous cell carcinomas. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Music sample

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Quotation

If you're looking for youth, you're looking for longevity, just take a dose of rock 'n' roll—it keeps you going. Just like the caffeine in your coffee, rock 'n' roll is good for the soul, for the well being, for the psyche, for your everything. I love it. I can't even picture being without rock 'n'roll. — Hank Ballard

See also

The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event that features four days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming. ...

External links

  • All Music Guide profile
  • Article at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Discography at Soulfulkindamusic

Notes

  1. ^ The song "Work With Me Annie" is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.<ref>Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "500 songs that shaped rock and roll" [http://www.rockhall.com/exhibitions/permanent.asp?id=658]</ref>

  Results from FactBites:
 
Hank Ballard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (370 words)
Hank Ballard (November 18, 1927 - March 2, 2003) was an American RandB singer and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1959, Ballard's "The Twist" was released as a B-side for "Teardrops on Your Letter".
Ballard tried to launch a solo career, working with James Brown.
CMT.com : Hank Ballard : Biography (754 words)
Ballard's music with the Midnighters couldn't have been more diametrically opposed in terms of subject matter: his lyrics were filled with raunchy double-entendres that left little to the imagination, pushing the envelope of what was considered acceptable in the '50s.
Ballard's hard-driving, rhythmic style was also an underappreciated influence on the rawer side of R&B, particularly on a young James Brown; plus, his composition "The Twist" -- recorded for a hit by Chubby Checker -- became one of the biggest hits in rock & roll history.
Ballard's first recording with the group was 1953's "Get It," which hit the Top Ten on the R&B charts, but it was the following year's ribald "Work With Me Annie" that really broke the group (they changed their name to the Midnighters around this time, to avoid confusion with the Five Royales).
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