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20 Hits: All 20 of Their Chart Hits (1953-1962)
     

20 Hits: All 20 of Their Chart Hits (1953-1962)

by Hank Ballard
 
Along with proto-doo wop groups like the Orioles and Sun Records' many early-'50s blues artists, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters helped create rock & roll. And as Ray Charles' gospel and R&B blend would later lay the foundation for soul artists like

Overview

Along with proto-doo wop groups like the Orioles and Sun Records' many early-'50s blues artists, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters helped create rock & roll. And as Ray Charles' gospel and R&B blend would later lay the foundation for soul artists like Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, Ballard's mixing of jump blues and holy-roller vocal intensity helped the likes of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry become rock & roll's first stars. While at Detroit's Dunbar High, Ballard formed the Midnighters (originally the Royals) and eventually signed to King in 1953. The Midnighters' many chart hits for both King and its subsidiary Federal label are included on this solid retrospective of the group's '50s and early-'60s prime. Along with several Ballard originals like "Work With Me Annie," "Annie Had a Baby," "Finger Poppin' Time," and "The Twist" (later turned into a dance phenomenon by Chubby Checker), the album also finds the band ably handling Leiber & Stoller's evergreen "Kansas City" and Don Covay's "Twist"-wannabe "The Switch-A-Roo." A great introduction to Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' classic hits.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1996
Label:
King
UPC:
0012676500326
catalogNumber:
5003

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Tracks

  1. Get It  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  2. Work With Me Annie  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  3. Sexy Ways  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  4. Annie Had a Baby  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  5. Annie's Aunt Fannie  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  6. Henry's Got Flat Feet (Can't Dance No More)  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  7. It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  8. Teardrops on Your Letter  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  9. Kansas City  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  10. Finger Poppin' Time  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  11. The Twist  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  12. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  13. The Hoochi Coochi Coo  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  14. Let's Go Again (Where We Went Last Night)  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  15. The Continental Walk  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  16. The Switch-A-Roo  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  17. The Float  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  18. Nothing But Good  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  19. Keep on Dancing  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  20. Do You Know How to Twist  -  Hank Ballard & the Midnighters

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Ballard   Primary Artist,Vocals
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Hank Ballard   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
John Berry   Composer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Gene Redd   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Henry Booth   Contributor
Billy Myles   Composer
Syd Nathan   Composer
Charles Sutton   Contributor
Sonny Woods   Contributor
R. Szolkowski   Illustrations
Alonzo Tucker   Composer,Contributor
Ted Jarrett   Composer
Nathaniel Nathan   Composer
Ardra Woods   Composer

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