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The Midnighters

The Midnighters

The Midnighters were an American R&B group from Detroit, Michigan. They were one of the most important and influential groups of the 1950s and early 1960s, with numerous ground-braking hit records that helped define the R&B music of that era, and played an important and integral part in the development of Rock and roll and Doo-wop music. They were also notable for launching the career of lead singer Hank Ballard, and the world-wide dance craze The Twist, and provided a crucial link between R&B and Rock and Roll. Between 1953 and 1962 The Midnighters scored almost two dozen hits on the National Pop & R&B Charts. Their big hits included the million-selling Billboard Top 10 pop hits "Finger Popping Time" (for which they received a 1961 Grammy Award nomination) , and "Let's Go,Let's Go,Let's Go".The Midnighters also enjoyed 13 Top 10 R&B Hits,including 3 R&B # 1's. Top 10 R&B hits included "Work With Me Annie", "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)", "Annie Had A Baby", "The Hoochi Coochi Coo", "Teardrops On Your Letter", "Get It", "The Float" and "Nothing But Good". They received The Rhythm and Blues Foundation's prestigious Pioneer Award in 1992, and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, Lead singer Hank Ballard received a controversial solo induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The Midnighters as a group were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012.