Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

Dance (Roll) with Me, Henry

First recorded and co-written (as “The Wallflower”) by Etta James (R&B #1 1955).
Other hit version by Georgia Gibbs (US #1 1955).
Also re-recorded by Etta James (1958).

From the wiki:”‘The Wallflower’ (also known as ‘Roll with Me, Henry’ and ‘Dance with Me, Henry’) was one of several answer songs to ‘Work with Me, Annie’, by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters. Written by Johnny Otis (‘Willie and the Hand Jive‘), Hank Ballard (‘The Twist‘) and Etta James, James recorded ‘The Wallflower’ for Modern Records, with uncredited vocal responses from Richard Berry (‘Louie, Louie‘). It became a R&B hit, James’ first, topping the U.S. R&B chart for 4 weeks. In 2008, James received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for her original 1955 recording.

The Twist

Written and first recorded by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (US #28 1959).
Based on “Is Your Love For Real” by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (1957).
Other hit version by Chubby Checker (US #1 1960/US #1 1962).

http://youtu.be/3mng50rpyR0

From the wiki: “The Midnighters’ Hank Ballard and Cal Green had already had written a song together called ‘Is Your Love for Real’, which was released in 1957 with no apparent chart success, so they created an entirely new song by simply putting new ‘twist’ words to the older melody. ‘The Twist’ was originally released in early 1959 by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters as a B-side (to ‘Teardrops on Your Letter’) and this version was only a moderate 1960 hit, peaking at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. But, the song, and the dance the Twist, was further popularized in 1960 when the song was covered by Chubby Checker. His single became a hit, reaching #1 in September 1960.

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