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

AMY 8006, AMY LP 8006 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 AMY 8006, AMY LP 8006 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
45-HL 9536 Johnny And The Hurricanes Salvation (as King) Johnny And The Hurricanes - Salvation / Miserlou (Single) London Records 45-HL 9536 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
AA-14 Harry Balk - Chili Beans / Cheetas Uncle album art Dave And The Orbits Dave And The Orbits - Chili Beans / Cheetas Uncle (Single) American Arts AA-14 US 1965 Sell This Version
2016 Harry Balk - Maintain Your Cool album art The Volumes Maintain Your Cool (as H. Balk) The Volumes - Maintain Your Cool (Single) Twirl 2016 US 1965 Sell This Version
Impact 1008 Harry Balk - Crying Over You album art Duke Browner Crying Over You (Instrumental) Duke Browner - Crying Over You (Single) Impact Records (11) Impact 1008 US 1966 Sell This Version
HL-8410 Harry Balk - Linda Sue Dixon album art Detroit Wheels* Tally Ho (as Balk) Detroit Wheels* - Linda Sue Dixon (Single) London Records HL-8410 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
SASH-3708-2, SASH-3708 / 2 Harry Balk - The Vintage Years album art Del Shannon So Long Baby (as Balk) and 1 more… Del Shannon - The Vintage Years (Album, Comp) Sire, Sire SASH-3708-2, SASH-3708 / 2 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
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
none Harry Balk - L'Integrale Rock'n'Roll (Tous Les Tubes Du Rock'n'Roll) album art Various Red River Rock (as King) Various - L'Integrale Rock'n'Roll (Tous Les Tubes Du Rock'n'Roll)(10xCD, Comp + Box) LM Music (2), PIAS France none Europe 2010 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

45-HL 8948 Harry Balk - Red River Rock album art Johnny And The Hurricanes Johnny And The Hurricanes - Red River Rock (Single) London Records, London American Recordings 45-HL 8948 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
HA-X 8071 Harry Balk - Hats Off To Del Shannon album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Hats Off To Del Shannon (Album) London Records HA-X 8071 UK 1962 Sell This Version
HA-X 8091 Harry Balk - Little Town Flirt album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Little Town Flirt (Album) London Records HA-X 8091 UK 1963 Sell This Version
SS 349 Harry Balk - Do You Want To Dance album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Do You Want To Dance (Single) Amy SS 349 Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
C 22 764, 45-DW 6279 Harry Balk - Handy Man / Give Her Lots Of Lovin' album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Handy Man / Give Her Lots Of Lovin' (Single) Amy C 22 764, 45-DW 6279 Germany 1964 Sell This Version
SS 368 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 SS 368 UK 1964 Sell This Version
OSL 10004 Harry Balk - Handy Man album art Del Shannon Del Shannon - Handy Man (Album) Amy, Amy OSL 10004 Australia 1964 Sell This Version