Honoring Ballard, who wrote 'Twist'
Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle Staff Writer
All the obituaries for Hank Ballard, who died of throat cancer at age 66 on March 2, made a big deal out of his writing "The Twist" and recording the song on the B-side of a single a year before Chubby Checker made the dance craze an international sensation. While Ballard's ill-fated version of "The Twist" makes for good headlines, the deep significance of Ballard's career revolves around his early battles with censorship. <a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/03/23/PK64832.DTL target=_blank>more</a>