- Category : 1931-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sleeping Phoenix 2
American songwriter who wrote two Billboard Hot 100 number one hits. The first was "Game of Love" by Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders in 1965. The second was the 1975 hit, "You're No Good" by Linda Ronstadt (first sung by Dee Dee Warwick).
When Ballard was three years old, he played the piano for an El Paso radio station. When he was 11, he attended a musical program for gifted students at the University of North Texas. After serving in the U.S. Army, he moved to New York and became a songwriter and a composer of musicals, including Come Back Little Sheba. His song, Hey, Little Baby, was recorded by band leader Mitch Miller and became the theme of the 1958 World's Fair in Belgium.
He also wrote "I'm Alive" for The Hollies, which was number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1965; and "Good Timin'" for Jimmy Jones which reached number one in the UK five years earlier in 1960. Other songs include "Gingerbread" for Frankie Avalon, "There's Not a Minute" for Ricky Nelson and "Gotta Get a Hold of Myself" for The Zombies.
Ballard died on December 23, 2008.