No matter how many times Hank told the story and regardless of changes made, the twist always came from Tampa! My mom took me to see Hank Ballard and the Midnighters at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory on a bill with Sam Cooke, Laven Baker, Little Willie John and Marv Johnson. The Midnighters put on the best rock'n'roll show that I have ever seen and I've see a few. Pray for old Dick Clark.
The twist democratized rock'n'roll. White folks could pretend to dance. Funny thing is that it all sprang from a gospel song. We need a new twist. Give us peace on earth and end this dreadful, dreadful war.
Ronnie, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters was my older brother's favorite group. Im very thankful that I had a big brother who had a good sense of what was great music, and passed it on to me. Thrill Upon The Hill and Finger Poppin' Time...uhh huh!ReplyDelete