R& B/Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer Hank Ballard was born on this day in 1927. Here he is with the Midnighters and one of their hits, “Work With Me Annie.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.