HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS RECORDED THEIR ORIGINAL VERSION OF “THE TWIST” AND CHARTED THE SINGLE RECORD IN 1959. THE SINGLE CHARTED TWICE FOR THE GROUP…ON APRIL 6, 1959 ON THE KING RECORDS LABEL (5171), PEAKING AT # 16 ON THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART AS THE “B” SIDE OF THEIR #4 R&B HIT “TEARDROPS ON YOUR LETTER”. THE SECOND TIME “THE TWIST” CHARTED WAS ON JULY 25, 1960, THE SAME RECORD NUMBER WITH “TEARDROPS ON YOUR LETTER” THIS TIME, AS THE “B” SIDE. “THE TWIST” CHARTED AT #6 ON THE R&B CHART AND #28 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100, POP CHART.

CHUBBY CHECKER RECORDED A COVER VERSION OF HANK BALLARD’S TUNE AND CHARTED IT TWICE. THE FIRST TIME WAS ON AUGUST 8, 1960 ON THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART. THE SINGLE RECORD ON PARKWAY RECORDS (811) BECAME A #2 R&B HIT. THE “B” SIDE “TOOT” DID NOT CHART. “THE TWIST” CHARTED ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 POP CHART ON AUGUST 1, 1960 AND BECAME A #1 HIT RECORD, CREATING A WORLDWIDE DANCE CRAZE ALONG THE WAY. PARKWAY RE-RELEASED THE SINGLE AGAIN IN 1961. IT CHARTED ON THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART ON DECEMBER 11, 1961 AND CLIMBED TO #4. “THE TWIST” RE-ENTERED THE HOT 100 ON NOVEMBER 13, 1961 AND BECAME THE ONLY POP RECORD TO RE-ENTER THE CHARTS AND RETURN TO #1.

THE “B” SIDE OF “THE TWIST” ON THE RE-ISSUE WAS…”TWISTIN’ U.S.A. THAT SINGLE BECAME A #68 HIT, CHARTING ON DECEMBER 11, 1961, ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART. “THE TWIST” BY CHUBBY CHECKER CHARTED FOR A TOTAL OF 70 WEEKS…39 HOT 100, 31 R&B. HANK BALLARDS ORIGINAL VERSION CHARTED FOR A TOTAL OF 39 WEEKS…23 R&B, 16 HOT 100.179de7acdownload (6)

HENRY “HANK” BALLARD DIED OF CANCER IN MARCH OF 2003, AT THE AGE OF 75.

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TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE (JOE T)

 

 

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