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Don’t You Worry, Little Hank Is Back

Posted in music post with tags , , on March 11, 2009 by Wes

100_16801 Hank Ballard is probably known by most as a pop music foot note — he’s the guy who wrote and orginally recorded The Twist.  But he is much more than that if you take the time to search out the rest of his catalogue. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters recorded some great, hard-driving, instantly danceable r&b songs in the 50s and early 60s.  Their sound is comparable with the equally hard driving stuff that The ‘5’ Royales have from the same period.  Another point of note is their lyrics which were often quite full of sexual innuendos or even just literal sexual references.  Songs like one of their first releases, Sexy Ways and the hit Work With Me Annie both exemplify that.  Many radio stations didn’t play these songs at the time of release do to their explicitness or perceived obscenity. Other great songs by them are Finger Poppin’ Time and Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go.

But right now we have a couple of obscure, but great, non-hits. That Low Down Move.  Best parts:  the super heavy drum intro, the fact that the drums are WAY up in the mix and the wild Hammond organ licks that come out of nowhere during the outro.  The b-side is (I’m Goin’ Back To) That House On The Hill.  Best parts of this track are again, the great organ work, the crazy loud snare/clap/guitar hit on the beat, Hank’s strained and slightly distorted/overdriven vocals. Another great and funny bit is when Hank is listing the dances that they’ll do in ‘the house on the hill’ instead of the mashed potato he says the mashed shpotata
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – That Low Down Move
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – (I’m Goin’ Back To) That House On The Hill