Sexy Ways: The Best of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
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Known primarily as the writer of "The Twist" (his version did reach No. 28, but was eclipsed by Chubby Checker's chart-topping version), Ballard had already sold millions of records in the Fifties, including the trilogy "Work With Me Annie" (1954), "Annie Had a Baby" and "Annie's Aunt Fannie" (1955). Despite these songs' suggestive lyrics which got them banned from many radio stations, each sold more than a million copies.
In addition to "The Twist," Ballard charted with several other dance tunes. "Finger Poppin' Time" went Top Ten in 1960. Other hits included "The Continental Walk" and "The Switch-A-Roo." His only other Top Ten was "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go." In 1990 Ballard was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame as a performer.
Rhino does its usual outstanding job of presenting the artist's best material and Ballard's work on the King and Federal labels has never sounded better and the acompanying booklet is well written. [Several of Ballard's King releases are still available and each are worth seeking out, but if you're only going to get one CD, this is the one to own.] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Ballard has a sassy, and smooth voice, that is very appealing, band features sax, and it swings, jumps and rocks pretty hard. Appealing backup and group vocals are also featued, byt Hank is always the main vocie and star.
A very appeling group and if you liek earlier groups like Jouis Jordan & His Tymphani 5, or Wynonnie Harris, you're sure to love what foloowed in the 50's, with Hank & The Midnighters. Those wh ohave an appreciation for rockabilyl, wil lalso enjoy this cd, or thsoe whp like to like in the 50's tetro lifestyle, an exellent cd that featured Ballards humor and bigegst hits, and includes all the "Annie" songs which were in some ways parodies to the "Roll With Me Henry" song covered by Etta James.
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Hank Ballard saw one of his songs, "The Twist," turned into a craze by an R&B singer without soul; saw his style expanded by singers like James Brown and Clyde McPhatter... Read morePublished 1 month ago by HH
This is a perfect cd,all songs original mono,all songs presented chronologically and all their info presented in a first-class booklet. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Paul Larsen
When I was in high School in the 50's we had a club house with a juke box in it. We had a Keg on the weekend and danced through the nite to this music. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by Roger H. Waring
Although Hank Ballard and the Midnighters had only two big hits, they nevertheless had a unique sound all their own that was the essence of soul long before that term became... Read morePublished on July 25, 2010 by New England Pat
One reviewer describes Hank as "unsung" which is nonsense because this pioneer of R&R was inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame in 1990, a year which also saw Bobby Darin, The Kinks,... Read morePublished on August 28, 2007 by George O'Leary
IF HANK BALLARD DID NOT MAKE YOU WANT TO GET UP AND DANCE IN THE 50'S THAN I DON'T KNOW WHO COULD BESIDES LITTTLE RICHARD,JACKE WILSON, BILL HALEY AND JERRY LEE LEWIS! Read morePublished on July 22, 2003
If you're thinking about getting a taste of some R&B vocal groups, this is an essential alblum. I can honestly listen to this one all the way through. Read morePublished on June 12, 2003 by Timothy C. Beasley