Hank Ballard

Born: 
11/18/1927
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Died: 
03/02/2003
Years Active: 
1951-2003
Instruments: 
Vocals
Associated Artists: 

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Hank Ballard, born John Henry Kendricks, was a rhythm and blues singer, the lead vocalist of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters and one of the first proto-rock 'n' roll artists to emerge in the early 1950s. He played an integral part in the development of rock music, 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" and invented the dance, which was notably covered by Chubby Checker.