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Hank Ballard (1927–2003)

Hank Ballard grew up singing gospel in church in his hometown of Bessemer, Alabama. He had always wanted to sing professionally, and at 16 years of age got a chance to do it when he took over a group called The Royals, which had been organized in 1950 (and among whose original members were Levi Stubbs and Jackie Wilson). Ballard replaced one of ... See full bio »

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 2015 WPC 56 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Different Beat (2015) ... (writer: "The Wallflower" - uncredited)
 2014 Get on Up (writer: "Annie's Aunt Fannie" - as Henry Ballard)
 2014 About Last Night (writer: "Soulful Christmas")
 2012/I Sparkle (performer: "When You Gonna Get Respect (When You Haven't Cut Your Process Yet)") / (writer: "When You Gonna Get Respect (When You Haven't Cut Your Process Yet)")
 2012 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (2012) ... (writer: "The Twist")
 2011 Kinect Sports: Season Two (Video Game) (courtesy: "The Twist") / (writer: "The Twist")
 2011 A Few Best Men (writer: "The Twist")
 2011 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Round Three: The Results (2011) ... (writer: "The Twist")
 2011 W.E. (writer: "The Twist" - as Henry Ballard)
 2010 Dancing on Ice (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.18 (2010) ... (writer: "The Twist")
 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright (Video) (writer: "The Twist")
 2008 Chuck (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chuck Versus the First Date (2008) ... (writer: "The Twist" - uncredited)
 2008 Igor (writer: "The Twist")
 2007 Mad Men (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Hobo Code (2007) ... (writer: "The Twist" - uncredited)
 2007 Spider-Man 3 (writer: "The Twist")
 2007 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Party Songs (2007) ... (writer: "The Twist")
 2006 Infamous (writer: "The Twist")
 2005 Las Vegas (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Everything Old Is You Again (2005) ... (writer: "The Twist")
 2005 The Notorious Bettie Page (writer: "Sexy Ways")
 2005 Son of the Mask (writer: "The Twist")
 2004 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985 (Video documentary) (writer: "Look at Little Sister" (1985))
 2002 Ken Park (performer: "Henry's Got Flat Feet")
 2002 Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Documentary) ("Give It Up") / (performer: "Give It Up")
 2001 Hearts in Atlantis (writer: "The Twist" (1959))
 2000 The British Invasion Returns (Video) (writer: "Game Of Love")
 2000 Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "The Twist")
 2000 Blue Moon (writer: "The Twist")
 1999 The '60s (TV Movie) (writer: "The Twist")
 1999 Freak City (TV Movie) (writer: "Two Bad Boys")
 1998 A Bright Shining Lie (TV Movie) (writer: "The Twist")
 1997 Telling Lies in America (writer: "Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go" - as Henry Ballard)
 1994-1997 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Tohu-Nacht Revue 1990-1997 (1997) ... (writer: "The Twist" - uncredited)
- Montreux-Mix II (1995) ... (writer: "The Twist" - uncredited)
- Episode #4.4 (1994) ... (writer: "The Twist" - uncredited)
- Episode #4.1 (1994) ... (writer: "The Twist" - uncredited)
 1996 White Squall (writer: "THE TWIST")
 1994 Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Whole New Ballgame (1994) ... (writer: "The Twist")
 1994 Corrina, Corrina (writer: "FINGER POPPIN' TIME")
 1993 The Sandlot (writer: "Finger Poppin' Time")
 1992 Sister Act (writer: "Roll With Me Henry")
 1991 Frankenstein: The College Years (TV Movie) ("THE TWIST")
 1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Fame Is Where You Find It (1991) ... (writer: "Finger Poppin' Time" - uncredited)
- East Side Story (1991) ... (writer: "Finger Poppin' Time" - uncredited)
 1989 Wild Orchid (performer: "TWISTIN' WITH ANNIE") / (writer: "TWISTIN' WITH ANNIE")
 1989 The Delinquents (writer: "Roll With Me Henry" - as Ballard)
 1989 Quantum Leap (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Good Morning, Peoria - September 9, 1959 (1989) ... (writer: "The Twist" - uncredited)
 1989/I Shag (performer: "Shaggin' on the Grand Strand") / (writer: "Shaggin' on the Grand Strand" - as Ballard)
 1989 Troop Beverly Hills (writer: "The Twist")
 1989 Scandal (writer: "The Twist" - uncredited)
 1988 Everybody's All-American (writer: "Finger Poppin' Time")
 1987 DuckTales (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top Duck (1987) ... (writer: "The Twist")
 1986 Peggy Sue Got Married (performer: "Finger Poppin Time") / (writer: "Finger Poppin Time")
 1986 River's Edge (performer: "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go", "I'm Gonna Miss You") / (writer: "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go", "I'm Gonna Miss You")
 1986 Best of Bandstand (Video documentary) (writer: "The Twist")
 1985 Back to the Future (writer: "THE WALLFLOWER (DANCE WITH ME HENRY)" (1955))
 1984 The Flamingo Kid (writer: "Finger Poppin' Time")
 1984 Fame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll (1984) ... (writer: "The Twist")
 1980 Heart Beat (performer: "THE TWIST") / (writer: "THE TWIST")
 1978 Good Old Days Part II (TV Special) (writer: "The Twist")
 1978 Big Wednesday (writer: "The Twist" - uncredited)
 1973 Let the Good Times Roll (Documentary) (writer: "The Twist")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.37 (1965) ... (writer: "Work with Me, Annie")
 1961 Die Abenteuer des Grafen Bobby (music: "Let's Go")
 1957 The Big Record (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.11 (1957) ... (writer: "Dance With Me, Henry" - uncredited)
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Wrote the song "The Twist."

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If you're looking for youth, you're looking for longevity, just take a dose of rock 'n' roll. It keeps you going, just like the caffeine in your coffee. Rock 'n' roll is good for the soul, for the well-being, for the psyche, for your everything. I love it. I can't even picture being without rock 'n' roll.


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