Harry Balk

Profile:
American producer, songwriter, and label owner from Detroit, Michigan.

Balk established a business partnership with Irving Micahnik, and the pair set up Embee Productions and Twirl Records in 1959. The pair also managed a publishing company Vicki Music, a talent agency, and licensed much of their work to labels such as Warwick and Big Top. The pair notably produced Del Shannon's hit single Runaway as 'An Embee Production'.

Balk later founded the Detroit, Michigan labels Impact Records (11) and Inferno (5) which were bought by Motown's Berry Gordy in 1968. After the purchase of his labels, Balk joined Motown as head of A&R, was put in charge of the launch of the Rare Earth label in 1969, and pushed the release of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' single, which Gordy initially disliked, but ended up becoming one of Motown's biggest albums.

Balk's writing credits are usually under the alias of Tom King (2), along with those of Micahnik's alias 'Mack'.

Born October 1, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan
Died December 3, 2016 (aged 91) in Oak Park, Michigan
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Instruments & Performance

Harry Balk - One Thousand Six Hundred Sixty One Seconds With Del Shannon album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - One Thousand Six Hundred Sixty One Seconds With Del Shannon (Album) Amy, Amy US 1965 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

12-1302, LP 301, B-301 Harry Balk - The Big Sound Of Johnny And The Hurricanes album art Johnny And The Hurricanes Johnny And The Hurricanes - The Big Sound Of Johnny And The Hurricanes(LP, Album, Mono) Bigtop, Barry, Barry 12-1302, LP 301, B-301 Canada 1960 Sell This Version
Johnny And The Hurricanes Salvation (as King) Johnny And The Hurricanes - Salvation / Miserlou (Single) London Records Italy 1962 Sell This Version
Harry Balk - Chili Beans / Cheetas Uncle album art Dave And The Orbits Dave And The Orbits - Chili Beans / Cheetas Uncle (Single) American Arts US 1965 Sell This Version
Harry Balk - Crying Over You album art Duke Browner Crying Over You (Instrumental) Duke Browner - Crying Over You (Single) Impact Records (11) US 1966 Sell This Version
HL-8410 Harry Balk - Linda Sue Dixon album art Detroit Wheels* Tally Ho Detroit Wheels* - Linda Sue Dixon(7", Single) London Records HL-8410 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
Harry Balk - The Vintage Years album art Del Shannon Hats Off To Larry (as Balk) and 1 more… Del Shannon - The Vintage Years (Album, Comp) Sire, Sire US 1975 Sell This Version
6C 052-62172 Harry Balk - Featuring Stoney & Meatloaf album art MeatLoaf* MeatLoaf* - Featuring Stoney & Meatloaf(LP, Album) Prodigal 6C 052-62172 Scandinavia 1978 Sell This Version
MOO 16 Harry Balk - Tour-A-Loor-A-Loor-A-Loor-A-Loor-A album art Horslips Red River Rock* (as T. King) Horslips - Tour-A-Loor-A-Loor-A-Loor-A-Loor-A(7", EP, Gol) Horslips Records MOO 16 Ireland 1978 Sell This Version
50.3005 Harry Balk - Dedication Vol.2 album art Various Red River Rock (as H. Balk) Various - Dedication Vol.2(LP, Comp) Alligator Records (3) 50.3005 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
241 312-1 Harry Balk - Rock Classics (Volume 1 + 2) album art Various Red River Rock Various - Rock Classics (Volume 1 + 2)(2xLP, Comp) WEA 241 312-1 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
K-BOX 332 Harry Balk - Rock & Roll album art Various Reveille Rock (as King) and 1 more… Various - Rock & Roll(3xCD, Comp) K-Box Records K-BOX 332 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
B0009708-02 Harry Balk - The Complete Motown Singles | Vol. 8: 1968 album art Various Tally Ho Various - The Complete Motown Singles | Vol. 8: 1968(7", Single, Mono, RP + 6xCD, Comp, Mono, Ltd, RM) Hip-O Select B0009708-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
IMPACT #1031, Lita 45 - 014 Harry Balk - I'll Slip Away / You'd Like To Admit It album art Rod Riguez* Rod Riguez* - I'll Slip Away / You'd Like To Admit It(7", RE) Impact Records (11), Light In The Attic IMPACT #1031, Lita 45 - 014 US 2008 Sell This Version
LITA 45-021 Harry Balk - I'll Slip Away album art Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band* / Rodriguez* I'll Slip Away Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band* / Rodriguez* - I'll Slip Away(7", Single, Ltd, Ora) Light In The Attic LITA 45-021 US 2012 Sell This Version

Conducting & Leading

12-1302, LP 301, B-301 Harry Balk - The Big Sound Of Johnny And The Hurricanes album art Johnny And The Hurricanes Johnny And The Hurricanes - The Big Sound Of Johnny And The Hurricanes(LP, Album, Mono) Bigtop, Barry, Barry 12-1302, LP 301, B-301 Canada 1960 Sell This Version

Production

Harry Balk - Red River Rock album art Johnny And The Hurricanes Johnny And The Hurricanes - Red River Rock (Single) London Records, London American Recordings UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-3112 Harry Balk - Cry Myself To Sleep album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Cry Myself To Sleep(7", Single) Bigtop 45-3112 US 1962 Sell This Version
Harry Balk - Hats Off To Del Shannon album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Hats Off To Del Shannon (Album) London Records UK 1962 Sell This Version
Harry Balk - Little Town Flirt album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Little Town Flirt (Album) London Records UK 1963 Sell This Version
Harry Balk - Handy Man album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Handy Man (Album) Amy, Amy US 1964 Sell This Version
Harry Balk - Handy Man / Give Her Lots Of Lovin' album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Handy Man / Give Her Lots Of Lovin' (Single) Amy Germany 1964 Sell This Version
Harry Balk - Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun) / Broken Promises album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun) / Broken Promises (Single) Amy UK 1964 Sell This Version
Harry Balk - Do You Want To Dance album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Do You Want To Dance (Single) Amy Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
494 Harry Balk - I Can't Help Myself / All That's Missing Is You album art Don And Juan* Don And Juan* - I Can't Help Myself / All That's Missing Is You(7", Single) Mala 494 US 1964 Sell This Version