David Ball (country singer)

David Ball

David Ball - 2004
Background information
Born July 9, 1953 (1953-07-09) (age 58)
Origin Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, rhythm guitar
Years active 1988-present
Labels RCA Nashville
Warner Bros. Nashville
Associated acts Uncle Walt's Band
Website Official website

David Ball (born July 9, 1953 in Rock Hill, South Carolina[1]) 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-peaking chart entries are 1994's "Thinkin' Problem" and 2001's "Riding With Private Malone", both of which peaked at #2.



David Ball was born into a large musical family headed by his father, a Baptist preacher, and his mother, Bessie Ball, a pianist. Later, he moved with his family to Spartanburg, South Carolina where his father was heading Fernwood Baptist church. David lived in a ranch-style brick-wood house at 104 Emory Road. He eventually learned to play guitar after persuading his parents to buy him one. Having written his first song in seventh grade, he played it in a school talent show with a band he had formed, the Strangers. Afterwards, he played upright bass in various local youth groups and also the school orchestra. Together with friends, he took part in various bluegrass and country festivals in the Carolinas.

By the time Ball had left high school, he had a gig playing bass in Uncle Walt's Band, a trio headed by Walter Hyatt, who relocated to Austin, Texas, in the mid-1970s, in an attempt to make a mainstream breakthrough.

Ball subsequently focused on a solo career, moving to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was signed to a publishing contract. Three singles for RCA Records in the late 1980s failed to provide a solo breakthrough, however, and a projected album was shelved. The experience did at least serve to introduce him to producer Blake Chancey, son of legendary country producer Ron Chancey. In the spring of 1993, Chancey called Warner Bros. Records director Doug Grau on Ball's behalf.

A new recording contract followed. Thinkin' Problem, his debut album, was released on Warner Bros. Its title track served as the lead-off single, reaching #2 on the Billboard country music charts and #40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album, which received a platinum certification in the U.S., also produced the singles "When the Thought of You Catches Up with Me", "Look What Followed Me Home", "What Do You Want with His Love", and "Honky Tonk Healin'", although these latter two singles failed to make Top 40 on the country charts.

Ball recorded two more albums for the label – Starlite Lounge and Play – without much chart success. However, he had a smash hit with "Riding with Private Malone", from the 2001 album Amigo on the Dualtone label. This album failed to produce any other hits, however, and Ball exited Dualtone in 2002. Freewheeler followed in 2004, and Heartaches by the Number in 2007.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US Country
CAN Country
Thinkin' Problem 6 53 3 55
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum
David Ball[A]
Starlite Lounge
  • Release date: June 25, 1996
  • Label: Warner Bros. Nashville
  • Release date: July 31, 1999
  • Label: Warner Bros. Nashville
60 21
Amigo 11 120 *
  • Release date: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Wildcatter
Heartaches by the Number *
Sparkle City
  • Release date: April 20, 2010
  • Label: Red Dirt/E1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions
  • A ^ David Ball was recorded in 1989 and remained unreleased until 1994.

Compilation albums

Title Album details
Super Hits
  • Release date: July 18, 2000
  • Label: Warner Bros. Nashville


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
CAN Country
1988 "Steppin' Out'" 46 David Ball
"You Go, You're Gone" 55 68
1989 "Gift of Love" 64 80
1994 "Thinkin' Problem" 2 40 1 Thinkin' Problem
"When the Thought of You Catches Up with Me" 7 107 6
1995 "Look What Followed Me Home" 11 14
"What Do You Want with His Love" 48 56
"Honky Tonk Healin'" 50 50
1996 "Circle of Friends" 49 42 Starlite Lounge
"Hangin' In and Hangin' On" 67
1999 "Watching My Baby Not Coming Back" 47 76 Play
"I Want to with You" 67
2001 "Riding with Private Malone" 2 36 * Amigo
2002 "She Always Talked About Mexico" *
"Whenever You Come Back to Me" *
2004 "Louisiana Melody" 60 * Freewheeler
2005 "Happy with the One I've Got" *
"Too Much Blood in My Alcohol Level" *
2010 "Hot Water Pipe" * Sparkle City
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Music videos

Year Video Director
1989 "Gift of Love"
1994 "Thinkin' Problem" O Pictures
"When the Thought of You Catches Up with Me" chris rogers
1995 "Look What Followed Me Home" Martin Kahan
"What Do You Want with His Love" Michael Salomon
"Honky Tonk Healin'" David Ball
1996 "Circle of Friends" Steven T. Miller
"Hangin' In and Hangin' On" Suzanne Gordon
1999 "Watching My Baby Not Coming Back"
2001 "Riding with Private Malone" Steve Schepman
2005 "Too Much Blood in My Alcohol Level" David Kiern
2010 "Hot Water Pipe"


  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "David Ball biography". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p1515/biography. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  2. ^ "David Ball Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/artist/david-ball/discography/albums/2260#/artist/david-ball/chart-history/2260?f=320&g=Albums. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "David Ball Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/artist/david-ball/discography/albums/2260#/artist/david-ball/chart-history/2260?f=305&g=Albums. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Peak chart positions for albums charting on the Canadian Country Albums/CDs Chart:
  5. ^ Peak chart positions for albums charting on the Canadian Top Albums/CDs Chart:
  6. ^ "David Ball Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/artist/david-ball/discography/albums/2260#/artist/david-ball/chart-history/2260?f=357&g=Singles. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "David Ball Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/artist/david-ball/discography/albums/2260#/artist/david-ball/chart-history/2260?f=379&g=Singles. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Singles". RPM. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-110.01-e.php?PHPSESSID=i2lehvupucp60hj1dhflntcmq7&q1=david+ball&q2=Country+Singles&interval=20. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 

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