That’s What Happens When The Gettin’ Gets Good

by Kevin Vegetables on April 30, 2008

Hank Ballard & The MidnightersThis edition of Woo-fer Wednesday is brought to you by the concept of the sequel record. I have an abiding love for sequel records and answer records, and this is one of my favorite pairs.

There used to be some great AM radio in the Santa Cruz-Monterey area. Probably because the expectations for ratings were so low. There used to be a great metal station (“We’re number 43 in the Arbitron ratings… and we don’t care!!!”), and there was a wonderful oldies stations that played very few of the same old tunes you hear on every oldies station (alright, alright, I get it — you want to take me on a sea cruise).

That oldies station played “Annie Had A Baby” frequently, without regard for playing the original “Work With Me Annie.” I think that was a wise call, because the sequel rocks harder.

By the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s estimate, “Work With Me Annie” spawned more than 20 answer records. The Midnighters even recorded a third song (“Annie’s Aunt Fanny”) that I haven’t heard yet, but with a B-side like “Henry’s Got Flat Feet” how can you go wrong?

Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – Work With Me Annie
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – Annie Had A Baby

available on many compilations, including All 20 Of Their Chart Hits, or even better, the excellent Risqué Blues compilations, which come in too many ways from too many labels for me to even get into linking. But trust me, they’re out there.

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