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"TWIST" SINGER DIES

Singer-songwriter Hank Ballard, best known for launching a nationwide dance craze in the 1960s with his hit "The Twist," died Sunday of throat cancer at his home in Los Angeles. Ballard's age remains a bit of a mystery; birth records reportedly say he was born in 1927, but biographical information lists his birth year as 1936.

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Singer-songwriter Hank Ballard, best known for launching a nationwide dance craze in the 1960s with his hit "The Twist," died Sunday of throat cancer at his home in Los Angeles. Ballard's age remains a bit of a mystery; birth records reportedly say he was born in 1927, but biographical information lists his birth year as 1936.