Hank Ballard

Photo of Hank BALLARD and Hank BALLARD+ Midnighters

Hank Ballard in 1970. Echoes/Redferns/MTV | tc427

Rhythm and blues singer and songwriter John Henry Kendricks (Hank Ballard) was born on November 18, 1927 and died on March 2, 2003 of throat cancer. He started work on the Ford Assembly line in Detroit then in 1953 he joined a vocal group called The Royals, but to avoid confusion with the similarly named Five Royales, the changed the name of the group to The Midnighters. There was a string of successful recordings before he launched his solo career.

The video shows a French pressing.

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