Jack Hammer

Jack Hammer

Real Name:
Earl Burroughs
Born 18 September, circa 1933, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Songwriter and singer best known as the co-writer with Otis Blackwell "Great Balls Of Fire". In 1956 he made his first recording. He has 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 has written 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 the Jack Hammer who recorded on Milestone (this 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) Warwick W-2014 USA & Canada 1960 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
D. AI 30-299 Jack Hammer Twistin' King(LP) Durium D. AI 30-299 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
4m034 60151 Jack Hammer Twistin' King ABA (2) 4m034 60151 Belgium 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
R-4046 Jack Hammer Chant Of Love / Girl, Girl, Girl Roulette R-4046 US 1958 Sell This Version
PO.45 S 269, PO 45 S 269 Jack Hammer Juliette(7", Single) Disques Pop, Disques Pop PO.45 S 269, PO 45 S 269 France 1960 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
PO 45 S 287 Jack Hammer The Wiggle (Single) Ronnex Records PO 45 S 287 France 1962 Sell This Version
CB 1728 Jack Hammer Crazy Twist (Single) Ronnex Records CB 1728 UK 1962 Sell This Version
R. 1270 Jack Hammer Melancholy Boy / Kissin' Twist (Single) Ronnex Records R. 1270 Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
R 1270 Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist (Single) Ronnex Records R 1270 Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
KN 118 Jack Hammer Let's Twist Again / Kissing Twist(7") karim KN 118 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
EP-RON-9094 Jack Hammer Jack Hammer U Twistu(7", EP) Jugoton EP-RON-9094 Yugoslavia 1962 Sell This Version
C-137 Jack Hammer The Wiggle(7", Single) Gazell Music AB C-137 Sweden 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
27.115 Ray Ellington, Jack Hammer Ray Ellington, Jack Hammer - The Madison / The Wiggle(7", EP) Discophon 27.115 Spain 1962 Sell This Version
R 1284 Jack Hammer The Wiggle(7", Single, Promo, yel) Ronnex Records R 1284 US 1962 Sell This Version
DV. 14024 Jack Hammer With The Johnny Van Horn Orchestra* Jack Hammer With The Johnny Van Horn Orchestra* - Crazy Twist(7", Single) Vogue Schallplatten DV. 14024 France 1962 Sell This Version
C-134 Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist / Twistin' King(7", Single, Blu) Gazell C-134 Sweden 1962 Sell This Version
27066 Jack Hammer & The Johnny Van Horn Orchestra* Jack Hammer & The Johnny Van Horn Orchestra* - Twist(7", EP) Discophon 27066 Spain 1962 Sell This Version
R. 1457 Jack Hammer Tell The Gang Goodbye / Twist In The Morning(7", Single) Ronnex Records R. 1457 Belgium 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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