Ballard Hank & the Midnighters- Singin & Swingin/ Hank
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Ballard Hank & the Midnighters- Singin & Swingin/ Hank
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2 LPs ON 1 CD - INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS
 
Hank Ballard led one of the finest R&B groups on the '50s circuit. The erotic and visceral Midnighters, from Detroit, propelled by a driving rhythm of guitar, bass and drums, shocked the world of religious music with the obscene lyrics sung by Hank. His singing was usually steamy, his lyrics laden with innuendo, and he kept up a furious pace throughout each record. This release includes two of his finest albums: Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (1957) and Singin’ and Swingin’ (1959). In addition, 2 bonus tracks, consisting of hard to find sides from the same period. Here you’ll find how he twisted and expanded his Clyde McPhatter influence into a raw, gritty sound that inspired James Brown. Ballard's original version of "The Twist," which he wrote and recorded in 1958 (before Chubby Checker’s famous cover), can be found here. The song’s success laid the foundation for an endless series of dance records over the next few years. These 2 LPs offer a solid introduction into this man's special brand of soul, and contain some of the best R&B and rock & roll of the period.
 
16-PAGE BOOKLET - RARE PHOTOS - VINTAGE MEMORABILIA - DETAILED LINER NOTES
 
HANK BALLARD, baritone vocals, plus:
 
The Midnighters: Henry Booth (lead and tenor vocals),
Lawson Smith (lead and tenor vocals)
Sonny Woods, Norman Thrasher (bass vocals),
Arthur Porter, Cal Green (guitar).
Arnett Cobb, Ray Felder, Don Wilkerson (tenor sax),
Paul “Bugs” Dwyer (alto sax),
Pat Patterson (trumpet),
Edwyn Conley, Leonard Smith (bass),
Jimmy Johnson, Perry Deal, Sonny Thompson, Florence Pleasant (piano)
George DeHart, Albert Jones (drums), among others.
 
Recorded between 1956 and 1959 at King Records Studios (Cincinnati, Ohio).
 
 
HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS
01 OPEN UP THE BACK DOOR 3:01
02 IN THE DOORWAY CRYING 2:24
03 OH SO HAPPY 2:49
04 LET ‘EM ROLL 2:41
05 E BOSTA COSI 2:39
06 STAY BY MY SIDE 2:55
07 DADDY’S LITTLE BABY 2:44
08 PARTNERS FOR LIFE 3:02
09 IS YOUR LOVE FOR REAL 2:19
10 WHAT MADE YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND 2:49
11 LET ME HOLD YOUR HAND 2:54
12 EARLY ONE MORNING 2:19
 
SINGIN’ & SWINGIN’
13 TEARDROPS ON YOUR LETTER 2:52
14 RING A-LING A-LING 2:51
15 DON’T SAY YOUR LAST GOODBYE 2:56
16 WHATSONEVER YOU DO 2:25
17 STINGY LITTLE THING 3:02
18 ASHAMED OF MYSELF 3:05
19 THE TWIST 2:38
20 THAT HOUSE ON THE HILL 2:29
21 SWEET MAMA, DO RIGHT 2:46
22 OOH OOH BABY 2:47
23 TELL THEM 2:09
24 ROCK AND ROLL WEDDING 2:42
25 I’LL BE HOME SOMEDAY 3:06
 
BONUS TRACKS
26 ROCK, GRANNY, ROLL 2:51
27 HENRY’S GOT FLAT FLEET (CAN’T DANCE NO MORE) 2:44
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