Hank Ballard (November 18, 1927 – March 2, 2003) was an American rhythm and blues singer and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was the lead vocalist of the group Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. He was born in Detroit, Michigan but grew up in Bessemer, Alabama, where he sang in church. In 1951, Ballard moved back to Detroit and formed a doo wop group. He soon joined a group called The Royals, along with Henry Booth, Charles Sutton, Sonny Woods and Alonzo Tucker.