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2016 continues taking artists from us.

Sad news.


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confirmed by family on social media

As often happens its not till the sad news that the full details of their life come into focus...

Info below from a Black Cat a Dutch Rockabilly site

Born Earl Solomon Burroughs, 16 September 1925, Fulton County, Georgia.

Jack Hammer is probably best known as the co-writer of one of the immortal classics of rock n roll, "Great Balls Of Fire", Jerry Lee Lewis' # 2 hit from 1957. Born in New Orleans, he moved to California as a youngster and then, probably in the mid-1950s, to New York City, where he became the M.C. at the Baby Grand Theatre.Earl Burroughs (his real name) started writing songs in the 1950s

Hammer is probably more important as a songwriter than as a singer. The story behind "Great Balls Of Fire" (as revealed by Stuart Colman) is as follows. Hammer wrote a song of that name and submitted it to New York songwriter Paul Case, who at that time also happened to be musical consultant for the forthcoming movie "Jamboree". Case was unimpressed with the contents but loved the title. He subsequently called Otis Blackwell, who had never met Jack, and commissioned him to write a new song around the title, to be used in "Jamboree". Hammer was in full agreement to this arrangement as the deal was to be split right down the middle.

The album had a different title in every country where it came out ; in the UK it was called "Hammer + Beat = Twist" (Oriole PS 40020, 1963). Some of the more successful twist recordings were also recorded in German and/or Spanish for the local markets. By 1971 he was living in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he played the U.S. military bases. Apart from "Swim"/"Color Combination", there were no new releases in the 1970s. Hammer moved back to New York in order to play the part of Jimi Hendrix in a proposed film, but the plans for this movie foundered in the early to mid-1980s. 

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What Greater Love one of my favourite's. I believe he was from New Orleans.

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Is this confirmed? I heard it from someone, posted a tribute on our pow wow facebook page, but I cant find any official report of it.

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have just added this sad news post to the artist news category via the articles/news feature

where have added some info clips and links to the original post 



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Had the knack for writing some whacky way-out lyrics; just listen to Swim and Ode to a Discotheque.

The latter possibly being his rarest ?   UK only ?   on Polydor 56158 from 1967.  B side of Joe Poor loves Daphne Elizabeth Rich.

Mick Smith played this to me back in 1990 at his place.   He said he once played it at the "100 Club".

Always been a difficult find [even to those who even know it] and usually sold for £50-100.  One went more recently on ebay for over £400, so maybe peeps really want it now.

Cheers..................   Tom.

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JACKS GONE.................... DOWN IN THE SUBWAY ....STILL GROOVIN...............

 once had loads of  ,and  have still got quite a few of his tracks..........loved his quirky style and voice......ez

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