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Songwriter Clint Ballard Jr dies

Songwriter Clint Ballard Jr dies

Clint Ballard Jr., a songwriter whose tune "You're No Good" was taken to the top of the charts by Linda Ronstadt in 1975, died Dec. 23. He was 77.
Ballard, whose big hit came a decade after his song "Game of Love" held the No. 1 spot, died in Denton, friend Jacqueline Martinez told the El Paso Times. Ballard died at home in his sleep, she said.
Born and raised in El Paso, Ballard displayed musical talent early, playing the piano for a local radio station at age 3. In his later years, Ballard attributed his musical talent to his mother, who always encouraged him when he was young.
After a stint as a radio operator in Japan with the Army, Ballard moved to New York to pursue music.
In 1958, Ballard's "Hey, Little Baby," recorded by band leader Mitch Miller, was the theme of the World's Fair in Belgium. In 1965, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders made it to No. 1 with "Game of Love."
Ballard also composed music and lyrics for Broadway, including songs for the musical "Come Back Little Sheba." Over the course of his career, Ballard wrote more than 550 songs.


Updated : 2021-10-16 21:06 GMT+08:00