Chuck Eddy
February 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Sexy Ways: The Best of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B+

Ballard purred a pile of quaint ’50s R&B hits about bumping and grinding with a lady named Annie, and at the time they were considered scandalous. But his band’s true talent was for speedier dance songs-Hank had a hit with ”The Twist” in 1959, one year before Chubby Checker turned it into a worldwide fad. Sexy Ways: The Best of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (Rhino) suggests the Midnighters also taught the early Beatles a thing or two about rhythm. B+

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