Hank Ballard born John Henry Kendricks ; November 18, — March 2,  was a rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, the lead vocalist of The Midnighters and one of the first rock and roll artists to emerge in the early s. He later wrote and originally recorded in " The Twist " which was notably covered a year later by Chubby Checkerthis second version spreading the popularity of Get Ready - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters - Jumpin dance.
His major vocal inspiration during his formative years was the "Singing Cowboy", Gene Autryand in particular, his signature song, " Back in Live At The Stone NYC - Foetus - Limb Saddle Again ". InBallard joined doo-wop group the Royals, which had previously been discovered by Johnny Otis and signed to Federal Records a division of King Recordsin Cincinnati.
The group then changed its name to the Midnighters to avoid confusion with the "5" Royales. A few months later, Chubby Checker 's cover version of the song went Nas - Illmatic number 1 on the pop charts. It would return to the top of the charts again in  — the only song in the rock and roll era to reach number 1 in two different non-consecutive years.
Ballard and the Midnighters had several other hit singles inincluding the Grammy-nominated " Finger Poppin' Time " and " Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go " which hit number 7 and number 6, respectively, on the Billboard pop charts.
They did not reach the charts again after and dissolved in After the Midnighters disbanded, Ballard launched a solo career. During the s, Ballard's cousin, Florence Ballardwas a member of the Detroit girl group the Supremes. On March 2,he died at age 75 of throat cancer in his Los Angeles home. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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