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Hank Ballard and his band the Midnighters combined blues, gospel, doo wop, and early R&B into an earthy (and often risqué) 1950s blend that prefigured the rise of soul a decade later, and when he wrote a little novelty dance number called “The Twist,” a huge hit for Chubby Checker, Ballard crafted one of the biggest and most influential hits in the history of rock & roll. This two-disc set collects Ballard's classic early sides up to (and including) his own 1959 version of “The Twist," and also features “Every Beat of My Heart,” “Work with Me Annie” (plus several of its sequels), and “Don’t Change Your Pretty Ways,” along with other essential early Ballard recordings.

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this can't be

60 songs (and the original "Twist") for $20.00 ?

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I LUV HANK BALLARD AND THA MIDNIGHTERS

Biography

Born: November 18, 1927 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

In the world of early rhythm & blues and doo wop, Hank Ballard was the very definition of earthiness. Though influenced by high-energy gospel vocal groups, 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. His songs were sometimes banned on the radio, but that only made him an...
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