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(ACE) 24 tracks - 8 page booklet  - Hank Ballard is one of the best-loved of the... more

The Royals: The Royals Featuring Charles Sutton & Hank Ballard - The Federal Singles (CD)

(ACE) 24 tracks - 8 page booklet
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Hank Ballard is one of the best-loved of the King/Federal artists and this is where he started out with the Royals (who soon became the Midnighters). These are the complete recordings by the Royals. The group had its first chart success with 'Get It' at #6 R&B in 1953, followed by the controversial 'Work With Me Annie', an R&B chart topper in 1954. The earlier recordings are classy doo wop, notably the original version of the later Gladys Knight hit, 'Every Beat Of My Heart' (here without the usual overdubbed rhythm section).
Also included as bonus tracks are previously unissued takes of 'The Shrine Of St. Cecilla' and 'Work With Me Annie'.

Article properties: The Royals: The Royals Featuring Charles Sutton & Hank Ballard - The Federal Singles (CD)

  • Interpret: The Royals

  • Album titlle: The Royals Featuring Charles Sutton & Hank Ballard - The Federal Singles (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2005
  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667010023

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Royals, The - The Royals Featuring Charles Sutton & Hank Ballard - The Federal Singles (CD) CD 1
01 Every Beat Of My Heart The Royals
02 All Night Long The Royals
03 I Know I Love You So The Royals
04 Moonrise The Royals
05 Starting From Tonight The Royals
06 Fifth Street Blues The Royals
07 A Love In My Heart The Royals
08 I'll Never Let Her Go The Royals
09 Are You Forgetting? The Royals
10 What Did I Do? The Royals
11 The Shrine Of Saint Cecilia The Royals
12 I Feel So Blue The Royals
13 Get It The Royals
14 No, It Ain't The Royals
15 I Feel That-A-Way The Royals
16 Hello Miss Fine The Royals
17 Someone Like You The Royals
18 That's It The Royals
19 Work With Me Annie The Royals
20 Until I Die The Royals
21 Give It Up The Royals
22 That Woman The Royals
23 The Shrine Of St. Cecilia (prev. unissued) The Royals
24 Work With Me Annie (prev. unissued) The Royals
The Royals The Royals Get It There was only one real difference between The Royals... more
"The Royals"

The Royals

The Royals

Get It

There was only one real difference between The Royals who had been discovered in Detroit by Johnny Otis at the Paradise Theater's weekly amateur contest in the fall of 1951 and The Royals who commenced a long series of hits with Get It in the summer of '53. His name was John Henry Kendricks.

When The Royals pulled Kendricks off the Ford assembly line to replace tenor/baritone Lawson Smith, who had been called into service by Uncle Sam, they couldn't have known he'd quickly become the focal point of their group for the rest of its existence. Kendricks (born in Detroit on November 18, 1927 but partially raised in Bessemer, Alabama) changed his name to Hank Ballard, knocked nine years off his age for professional purposes, and made The Royals' second session for Syd Nathan's Cincinnati-based Federal Records on May 10, 1952, fronting I'll Never Let Her Go. The rest of The Royals were intact: tenor Charles Sutton was still their primary lead, joined by tenor Henry Booth, bass Ardra 'Sonny' Woods, and musical mentor Alonzo Tucker, who sang some, played a little guitar, and arranged.

The next two Royals singles spotlighted Ballard singing lead on one side and Sutton on the other. The group convened May 2, 1953 at the Cincy headquarters of King/Federal Records with boss Syd Nathan and A&R man Henry Glover in the control room (the label was situated inside a former icehouse that contained a studio, a pressing plant, and manufacturing facilities). Hank wrote the slinky Get It, the first of The Royals' ribald numbers, with Tucker (considerably older than the rest of the group, he was likely born November 21, 1915), leaving space for Woods to sidle in on the bridge. King's house band included guitarist John Faire and bassist Edwyn Conley. Ballard composed and led the jumping flip No It Ain't as well.

Sutton's fate was basically sealed when Get It became The Royals' first hit, sailing to #6 on 'Billboard's R&B 'Juke Box' charts late that summer. By 1955 he was gone, forming another Detroit group, The Tornados, with Stanley Mitchell and recording for Chess the next year. A name change for The Royals was in the offing. Once Hank started chronicling the carnal exploits of a goodtime gal named Annie, his Midnighters would be one of the hottest R&B vocal groups in the entire nation. 

 

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Tracklist
Royals, The - The Royals Featuring Charles Sutton & Hank Ballard - The Federal Singles (CD) CD 1
01 Every Beat Of My Heart
02 All Night Long
03 I Know I Love You So
04 Moonrise
05 Starting From Tonight
06 Fifth Street Blues
07 A Love In My Heart
08 I'll Never Let Her Go
09 Are You Forgetting?
10 What Did I Do?
11 The Shrine Of Saint Cecilia
12 I Feel So Blue
13 Get It
14 No, It Ain't
15 I Feel That-A-Way
16 Hello Miss Fine
17 Someone Like You
18 That's It
19 Work With Me Annie
20 Until I Die
21 Give It Up
22 That Woman
23 The Shrine Of St. Cecilia (prev. unissued)
24 Work With Me Annie (prev. unissued)