Jack Hammer

Jack Hammer

Real Name:
Earl Solomon Burroughs
Earl Solomon Burroughs (b.September 16, 1925, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA – d.April 11, 2016) better known by his stage name Jack Hammer, was an American pianist, singer and songwriter probably best known as the co-writer with Otis Blackwell "Great Balls Of Fire". In 1956 he made his first recording. He recorded albums on Warwick and Polydor, before moving to Europe. Hammer recorded several singles and an LP for the Belgian Ronnex label.1961 he had minor in Europe "Kissin' Twist", sold well especially in Germany, Belgium and France. Jack Hammer wrote songs for Jerry Lee Lewis ("Milkshake Mademoiselle"), Big Danny Oliver ("Sapphire"), The Impacts ("Croc-o-doll") and The Cadillacs ("Peek-a-Boo"). Soft Cell covered "Down In The Subway" in their 1984 single and Marc Almond has sung live few of his compositions, "Switchblade Operator" and "Mean And Evil Me".

Not to be confused with Jack Hammer And The Pacers who recorded on Milestone (which in fact was a pseudonym for rockabilly/country singer Werly Fairburn).

Jack Hammer Discography


W 2014 Jack Hammer Rebellion - Jack Hammer Sings And Reads Songs And Poems Of The Beat Generation(LP, Mono) Warwick W 2014 US 1960 Sell This Version
L.P. 002 Jack Hammer Jack Hammer(LP, Album) Ronnex Records L.P. 002 Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
PIVO 07-30 Jack Hammer Le Twist Est Roi - Super Surprise-Partie Pingouin N° 7(LP, Album, Mono) Disques Vogue PIVO 07-30 France 1964 Sell This Version
MID 16025 Jack Hammer Twistin' And Sloppin'(LP, Album, Mono) Vogue Schallplatten MID 16025 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
582001 Jack Hammer Brave New World(LP, Album) Polydor 582001 UK 1966 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Twistin' King ABA (2) Italy 1978 Sell This Version
BLPS 19275 Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Presents: This Is my Song(LP) Bellaphon BLPS 19275 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
JH 3102 Jack Hammer The Wiggling Fool(LP, Album) Melodia Records JH 3102 Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

9-30109 Jack Hammer Football Rock / So What(7", Single, Promo) Decca 9-30109 US 1956 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Chant Of Love / Girl, Girl, Girl Roulette US 1958 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Juliette (Single) Disques Pop, Disques Pop France 1960 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist / Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist Talk (EP) Ronnex Records Belgium 1961 Sell This Version
MPO 3.087 Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist(7", EP) Disques Pop MPO 3.087 France 1961 Sell This Version
45-CB 1645 Jack Hammer Kissin Twist/Melancholy Boy(7", Single) Oriole 45-CB 1645 UK 1961 Sell This Version
PO 45 S 272 Jack Hammer Twistin' King / Crazy Twist(7", Single) Disques Pop PO 45 S 272 France 1961 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Juliette / Twist And Shout karim Italy 1962 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer The Wiggle (Single) Ronnex Records Sweden 1962 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Crazy Twist (Single) Ronnex Records UK 1962 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Espana Te Quiero / Ali Ben Ghazi (Single) Ronnex Records Italy 1962 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Melancholy Boy / Kissin' Twist (Single) Ronnex Records Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist (Single) Ronnex Records Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
Jack Hammer Young Only Once (Single) Ronnex Records France 1962 Sell This Version
KN 118 Jack Hammer Let's Twist Again / Kissing Twist(7") karim KN 118 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
RX 24.117 Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist(7", Single) Artone RX 24.117 Netherlands 1962 Sell This Version
27.066 Jack Hammer Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist / Crazy Twist / Twist Talk(7", EP) Discophon 27.066 Spain 1962 Sell This Version

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December 17, 2011
Jack is one of the most talented artists in every perspective I've ever known - if he didn't have that one weakness, distraction (he knows what it is - it cost him )the world would know him as a super-star today...from song-writer "Great Balls of Fire" and many more to on-stage singing, tap dancing, rope spinning, drumming (understudied Sammy Davis Jnr in "Golden Boy")to writing the eulogy for James Dean's funeral (they were together at drama school)to poet, painter and actor he does the lot...but not a Jack of all trades...he masters them all! If only, Jack...it cost you "Great Balls...and much more..." always your friend...


February 2, 2011
Had good luck to meet Jack in nice restaurant on Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, on Jan 19, 2011, what a nice guy, told me what he wrote; wish I'd have taken his picture

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