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David Ball

David Ball was born in Rock Hill, SC, on July 9, 1953. The son of a Baptist minister father and musician mother, Ball started playing the ukulele as a young boy, but by age 12 had switched to guitar. After high school, he and hometown friends Walter Hyatt and Champ Hood moved to Nashville, where they scraped out a living as Uncle Walt's Band. The going was tough, and eventually the trio moved to Austin, TX, hoping to find greener pastures. There Ball and his friends matured as musicians, playing covers of popular folk and roots numbers, but also writing and performing their own compositions. Ball played bass, sang lead, and also contributed backup vocals. Uncle Walt's Band was a hit in Austin, where the music scene was more progressive and hungry young players like Lyle Lovett would pack the group's dancehall shows. The band released three successful albums before breaking up in 1983 as its members pursued solo careers.

Cut loose from Uncle Walt's Band, Ball returned to Nashville, where he gutted it out for most of the 1980s until landing a recording contract with Warner Bros. Success was quick. Thinkin' Problem, his 1994 release for the label, went double platinum and spawned three hit singles. The following year, Ball was nominated for a Male Vocalist of the Year Grammy. He returned in 1996 with Starlite Lounge, which continued to display his penchant for dressed-up honky tonk. While his 1999 effort, Play, was shellacked with a Music City sheen, Ball redeemed himself with the dust-caked traditional country of 2001's Amigo, and he kept to the traditional course with 2004's Freewheeler from Wildcatter Records and 2007's Heartaches by the Number from Shanachie Records. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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This songs hits me right in my heart ever time
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Love David Ball
hawkeye322
I have always adored him & his music since I first heard it. What has happened to this awesome singer?
This one really hurts to listen to. My brother is Private Samuel D. Malone..he left home about a year ago, and now he's in the army. He left for a girl. He has a chance if being deployed this year, and I'm just afraid he'll leave and never come back...God, please keep him safe...and bring him back to his family..
He and I were born on the same day in history...Ju l y 9th, 1953! We both love country music! I'd like to catch him in concert on our birthday in the Carolina's before we get to old to sing! I'd even be willing to play the drums and sing back up for him. That's what I do! My favorite song of his has just got to be Riding with Private Malone!
janieewells
He sounds a lot like Gary Stewert
brian65524
Learned some my favorite guitar songs by listening to and singing his songs.
great song
Rock Hill, SC! I never knew!
Awesome songs I must say
He has a great voice! He was at the Melody Ranch in Waco, Texas I was not able to go sure wished I could have gone
He is a great singer
He's a hell a singer and has great songs.
thomvee
ah yes, real country unlike too much of current country music which amounts to people singing rock with a southern accent, a wall of guitars and unimaginativ e lyrics. Thank goodness for all the good country music that's been recorded over the years.
mdmros
Yay!!! Fixed the bio, thanks Pandora!
b32500
love his misic
Thank you for fixing his bio Pandora!
David ball does not get enough recognition he is a great country singer
David Ball was in Soft Cell, just not THIS David Ball :P
yes, please fix
Pandora Please Please fix David Ball's Bio!! It has been wrong for years! Thank you!
HE WASN'T IN SOFT CELL. THEY HAVE HIM MIXED UP WITH SOMEONE ELSE. IT IS DAVID BALL THE COUNTRY SINGER!
davidorvin
David Is from Spartanburg SC Dude got game
marilynlewis . m l
I guess I was wrong about N Carolina...T h a n k s for all of the other comments. It seems that we are all in agreeement. Too bad abuot the problem. I have always loved this artist and wondered why he never received the accolates he deserved. Their mistake doesn't help. My favorite song that he used to sing was As the crow flies. Anyone ever heard him sing that?
marilynlewis . m l
The bio is NOT about David Ball. I'm not an expert on him, I know that David Ball is from North Carolina and started out in a trio called Uncle Walt's Band with Walter Heitt, who died in a plane wreck. I think they met at North Texas University in Denton, TX (?). I heard him in Ft. Work in the very early '80 and he was playing upright Bass with Uncle Walt's Band. David Ball has always played country to my knowledge, expcept when he was a kid. His family was musical. He has a beautiful voice and
Its funny to think of him in Soft Cell, but I think this isn't true...I'm not sure this David Ball plays any synthesizer instruments!
bholler1
He is pretty good I like his song Ridding With Private Malone.
agreed
messnerv
FIX HIS BIO ..PLEASE PANDORA!!!!
I love his music... I have the Thinking prob CD... I love it... I can't get enough still......
Thank you, Ryan. Hmmm...a different David Ball? I can't imagine from Soft Cell to Heartache Blues!
donna.g.luca s
I love his music, I miss hearing him on the radio
This is a better Bio.
http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / D a v i d _ B a l l _ ( c o u n t r y _ s i n g e r )
jamfred58
Yep, total goof! Sometimes this music genome project leaves me wondering what the heck they are thinking.
A different D.Ball! I bet you're right
Brittish?! Wow. He sounds totally Texaz!
in 1994 it was a good song for me.
This bio just might be about a different David Ball.
Well, Dave Ball was in Soft Cell, but the correct 'David Ball' for this song is not profiled, this excerpt taken from Wikepedia should clear the issue.

David Ball (born July 9, 1953 in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is an American country music artist. Active since 1988, he has recorded a total of seven studio albums on several different labels, including his platinum certified debut Thinkin' Problem. Fourteen of Ball's singles have entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-pea
vending
play david ball best song private malone. I hit wrong key I dont like should have been I do like
vending
tis david ball was born in rock hill, SC
After years of success with Soft Cell - too many drugs and neon lights led him to depend on the bottle. Luckily he was able to curve the extremes of being a raging alcoholic and drug user whilst settling in Smithville, TX. Here he discovered the joy and relaxed pace of rural American living. He met Dwight Yoakem after a concert in Ft. Worth and the rest is history. He's completely ditched the Brit-electro dance/pop and has jumped full-fledged into true Country/West e r n music. He still drinks
sandrae16
Wrong David Ball!!
I'm pretty sure you've got the wrong bio up here.
I don't think this is the same David Ball.
Real Country Music, Beautiful, has a story to tell.
Have thought of the music as bear drinking music, so have another.
I can hardly tell when its Gary Stewart or David Ball. Gary Stewart should have been as big as George Straight. He was just born in the wrong time. Anyway, love the Honky Tonk sound.
He sure covers up his British accent really well! LOL C'mon Pandora, fix his bio!
So what's he doing now? He just dissappeared .
Love the comments :) Thanks jjmarck, for a real bio of this David Ball. Amazed that this hasn't been corrected in the four months or so since I first noticed it... Something tells me "Tainted Love" wouldn't quite work with his style.
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