Sexy Ways: The Best of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters 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… Sexy Ways: The Best of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters 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… Hank Ballard & the Midnighters R&B Reissues
Music Review

Sexy Ways: The Best of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (1994)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Hank Ballard & the Midnighters; Genres: R&B, Reissues

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+

Originally posted Feb 04, 1994 Published in issue #208 Feb 04, 1994 Order article reprints