The Twist. One of Rock n’ Rolls biggest hits. Been called the song and dance that changed the world. And when Chubby Checker performed the Twist on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in 1960, suddenly everyone was twisting. Chubby Checker’s best known for it…but he wasn’t the original twsiter. That honor goes to Detroit-born Hank Ballard. He wrote the song, and recorded it first.
A real, raw, R&B star, full of such sex and swagger, his tracks were often banned from the radio. Hard to believe this was considered risqué…Ballard’s bawdy, high intensity songs influenced a generation of musicians after him. Here’s a Hank Ballard song you may know from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s version. Check it out. Hank Ballard and the Midnighters with “Look at Little Sister.”