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HANK BALLARD

ROCKS

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CD

Released: 27th May 2022

£18.99


ONE OF THE STARS OF 1950s RYHTHM ‘N’ BLUES ORIGINATOR OF THE EARLY 1960s TWIST CRAZE.

Early in their long stint at Cincinnati’s King/Federal Records, Hank Ballard and his high‐ stepping Midnighters specialized in risqué double‐entendre grinders ‐ Work With Me Annie, its inevitable sequel Annie Had A Baby, Sexy Ways ‐ that daringly pushed the bounds of propriety as they sailed up the mid‐1950s R&B charts like rockets. As the tumultuous decade HANK BALLARD ROCKS RELEASE DATE 10 JUNE , 2022 LABEL: BEAR FAMILY CAT NUMBER: BCD17580 FORMAT: CD (Digipak) w/ BOOKLET PRICE: £ 9.99 GENRE: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, VINTAGE RYHTHM ‘N’ BLUES BARCODE: 4000127175809 neared its conclusion, Hank and his bawdy Detroit‐based crew invented the greatest dance theme of ‘em all, The Twist, embarking on a slew of additional workouts after that. Both phases of the group’s vast recording legacy are represented in abundance on ‘Hank Ballard and The Midnighters Rock,’ its highlights also encompassing Finger Poppin’ Time, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, and The Hoochi Coochi Coo. Get out your dancing shoes for this one ‐ Chubby Checker may have ultimately won the Twisting wars, but Hank Ballard and The Midnighters were rocking houses coast to coast long before Chubby ever even saw the inside of a recording studio, and that mindset permeates this disc. When it came to rock and roll dance fare, Hank and his rowdy group were the living end!

ROCKS

Tracklist

  1. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go
  2. Work With Me Annie
  3. That Woman
  4. Stingy Little Thing
  5. Broadway
  6. Ring‐A‐Ling‐A‐Ling
  7. Are You Forgetting
  8. Sweet Witchie Titchie
  9. Shaky Mae
  10. Sugaree
  11. Sexy Ways
  12. I Feel That‐A‐Way
  13. Annie Had A Baby
  14. Tore Up Over You
  15. Don't Ever Change Your Pretty Ways
  16. Finger Poppin' Time
  17. Don't Let Temptation (Turn You Round)
  18. Henry's Got A Flat Feet (Can't Dance No More)
  19. That House On The Hill
  20. Annie's Aunt Fannie
  21. I'm Crying Mercy, Mercy
  22. The Hoochi Coochi Coo
  23. The Switch‐A‐Roo
  24. I'm Young
  25. The Twist
  26. Rock, Granny, Roll
  27. The Float
  28. We'll Never Meet Again
  29. Looka Here
  30. Big Red Sunset