Jack Hammer

Real Name:
Earl Solomon Burroughs
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Earl Solomon Burroughs (b.September 16, 1925, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA – d.April 8, 2016 in Oakland, California, USA) 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).
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Albums

W 2014 Rebellion - Jack Hammer Sings And Reads Songs And Poems Of The Beat Generation — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Rebellion - Jack Hammer Sings And Reads Songs And Poems Of The Beat Generation(LP, Mono, Promo) Warwick W 2014 US 1960 Sell This Version
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L.P. 002 Jack Hammer — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Jack Hammer(LP, Album) Ronnex Records L.P. 002 Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
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LP 001 La Super Surprise-Partie Pingouin - Le Twist Est Roi — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer La Super Surprise-Partie Pingouin - Le Twist Est Roi (Album) Disques Vogue LP 001 Belgium 1964 Sell This Version
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MID 16025 Twistin' And Sloppin' — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Twistin' And Sloppin'(LP, Album, Mono) Vogue Schallplatten, Mode Schallplatten MID 16025 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
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582001 Brave New World — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Brave New World(LP, Album, Mono) Polydor 582001 UK 1966 Sell This Version
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none Electric God: The Story Of Jimi Hendrix — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Electric God: The Story Of Jimi Hendrix(Acetate, LP, 12") Bell Sound Studios none 1975 Sell This Version
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AN 34-39 Rock And Twist With Jack Hammer — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Rock And Twist With Jack Hammer(10", Mono) Arton Records AN 34-39 Israel Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

9-30109 Football Rock / So What — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Football Rock / So What (Single) Decca 9-30109 US 1956 Sell This Version
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R-4046 Chant Of Love / Girl, Girl, Girl  — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Chant Of Love / Girl, Girl, Girl (Single) Roulette R-4046 US 1958 Sell This Version
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PO.45 S 269, PO 45 S 269 Juliette — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Juliette (Single) Disques Pop, Disques Pop PO.45 S 269, PO 45 S 269 France 1960 Sell This Version
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R 552 Kissin' Twist / Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist Talk — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist / Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist / Twist Talk (EP) Ronnex Records R 552 Belgium 1961 Sell This Version
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PO 45 S 271 Twist Talk / Boogie Woogie Twist — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Twist Talk / Boogie Woogie Twist(7", Single) Disques Pop PO 45 S 271 France 1961 Sell This Version
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MPO 3.087 Kissin' Twist — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist(7", EP) Disques Pop MPO 3.087 France 1961 Sell This Version
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PO 45 S 272 Twistin' King / Crazy Twist — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Twistin' King / Crazy Twist(7", Single) Disques Pop PO 45 S 272 France 1961 Sell This Version
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45-CB 1634 Young Only Once / Juliette — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Young Only Once / Juliette(7") Oriole 45-CB 1634 UK 1961 Sell This Version
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R 1275 Twist In The Morning / Come Twist Around The Clock — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Twist In The Morning / Come Twist Around The Clock (Single) Ronnex Records R 1275 Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
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PO 45 S 285 Young Only Once — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Young Only Once (Single) Ronnex Records PO 45 S 285 France 1962 Sell This Version
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KN 173 Espana Te Quiero / Ali Ben Ghazi  — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Espana Te Quiero / Ali Ben Ghazi (Single) Ronnex Records KN 173 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
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C-134 Kissin' Twist / Twistin' King — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer With The John Van Horn Orchestra Jack Hammer With The John Van Horn Orchestra - Kissin' Twist / Twistin' King (Single) Gazell C-134 Sweden 1962 Sell This Version
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R. 1273 Crazy Twist — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Crazy Twist (Single) Ronnex Records R. 1273 Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
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1270, R. 1270 Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist / Boogie Woogie Twist (Single) Ronnex Records, Ronnex Records 1270, R. 1270 Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
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KN 135 Juliette / Twist And Shout — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Juliette / Twist And Shout karim KN 135 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
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45-CB 1645 Kissin' Twist / Melancholy Boy — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Kissin' Twist / Melancholy Boy (Single) Ronnex Records 45-CB 1645 UK 1961 Sell This Version
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R 1309 Electricity / Spelling Twist — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Electricity / Spelling Twist (Single) Ronnex Records R 1309 Belgium 1962 Sell This Version
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27.066 Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist / Crazy Twist / Twist Talk — Jack Hammer Jack Hammer Twistin' King / Boogie Woogie Twist / Crazy Twist / Twist Talk (EP) Discophon 27.066 Spain 1962 Sell This Version

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Rodhar

Rodhar

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...
platterinky

platterinky

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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