But for more than a few up-and-coming young aggregations, it didn't get any better than Hank Ballard and The Midnighters. Their impact wasn't limited to the Motor City. The Midnighters were the first professional vocal group young James Brown ever witnessed in person. He and Bobby Byrd were dazzled by their crowd-pleasing antics at the Greenville Textile Hall in Greenville, South Carolina, and they vowed one day soon they'd be onstage doing the very same thing.
Its inherent raunchiness precipitated corporate hand-wringing from coast to coast as uptight radio programmers banned the leering anthem from their lily-white airwaves. But that didn't Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye - Alice Babs - Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye teenagers of every hue from buying the platter, even if they had to hide it from their disapproving parents.
Ballard's piercing, slightly pinched lead tenor was quite invigorating and Memory - Frank Patterson - Irelands Golden Tenor (Ireland in Song) identifiable. And not only were Hank The Continental Walk - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters - 20 Hits: All 20 Of Their Chart Hits (1953-19 his Midnighters devastating on wax, concentrating primarily on blistering rockers and only occasionally slowing down for a blues-permeated ballad, they were relentless high-energy showmen, engaging in rowdy onstage routines that were as influential to their acolytes as their recordings.
If it looked good and everybody liked it, and the three of us liked it, we'd keep it in. Because Hank didn't dance," says Norman Thrasher, who replaced Woods in We created the dances on how we would feel, 'cause each one of us would take an individual part on the stage doing 'The Twist' or doing 'Finger Poppin' Time' or doing 'Let's Go.
I would have Big Fat Bass - Technoboy / Luca Antolini DJ - Technodome 8 big drawers on, them big bloomers on. And I'd jump off the stage, dance up the aisles, and pull 'em off and hit folks in the head with 'em!
The Contours' amazing acrobatics followed in the athletic footsteps of The Midnighters, and their first audition for Berry Gordy reflected the impact of their heroes on their repertoire. We went backstage and talked to 'em, and asked them what did they think they could criticize us on that we need to improve.
And they told us a few pointers. Anytime we were on a show with someone more adept, or more experienced in the field, we'd ask them suggestions. And then we would incorporate it. Ballard wasn't even part of the group when they began recording, and they didn't start out as The Midnighters.
Their genesis goes back towhen original lead tenor Charles Sutton joined forces with three more denizens of Detroit's East Side--Booth, Woods, and baritone Freddie Pride a close friend of Jackie Wilson's, who was part of their musical social circle along with future Four Tops lead Levi Stubbs --to form Prohibited?
- Araukana, Democratic Disorder - Split-EP Royals. An early promotional blurb from King Records claimed they'd originally been known as The Four Falcons. Entranced by the beautiful harmonies of out-of-town hitmakers such as The Orioles, Five Keys, and Dominoes, they fashioned a repertoire heavy on ballads. Connect to Spotify. A new version of Last. Do you have the artwork for this album? Add artwork. Do you know any background info about this album? Start the wiki.
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