Hank Ballard

Hank Ballard

Hank Ballard earned distinction as a rock pioneer by laying sexually explicit lyrics over raw gospel-derived rhythms. In his best year, 1954, he had three R&B Top 10 hits with the "Annie" trilogy - "Work With Me, Annie," "Annie Had a Baby," and "Annie's Aunt Fanny" - each of which sold over a million copies internationally despite being widely banned from the airwaves.

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