Hank Ballard

Hank Ballard
1927 - 2003

Hank Ballard   Composer


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Hank Ballard passed away on 2nd Mar 2003 aged 75.


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First Name Hank
Last Name Ballard
Age 75 (age at death) years
Birthday 18th November, 1927
Birthplace Detroit, Michigan
Died 2nd March, 2003
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Occupation Text Singer-songwriter, musician
Occupation Composer
Music Genre (Text) Rock and roll, R&B
Music Genre R&B
Year(s) Active 1951–2003
Music Style Early R&B, Doo Wop
Music Mood Fun, Earthy, Rollicking, Party/Celebratory, Exuberant, Playful, Sexy, Joyous, Freewheeling, Sexual
Instrument Vocals, Songwriter, Leader
Instrument (text) Vocals
Record Label Federal, King, People
Associated Acts The Midnighters

Hank Ballard (November 18, 1927 – March 2, 2003), born John Henry Kendricks, was a rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, the lead vocalist of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters and one of the first rock 'n' roll artists to emerge in the early 1950s. He played an integral part in the development of the genre, releasing the hit singles "Work With Me, Annie" and answer songs "Annie Had a Baby" and "Annie's Aunt Fannie" with his Midnighters. He later wrote and recorded "The Twist" which spread the popularity of the dance and was notably covered by Chubby Checker. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

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