Been a long time since I rock and rolled…

Title: Jim Dandy

Artist: Black Oak Arkansas

Album: High On The Hog

Year Released: 1974

What It Is: Cheesy cheeky southern boogie. This cover of LaVern Baker’s great 1956 hit propelled BOA into second-tier stardom. They toured and sold a lot of records, but never really hit it huge like Skynyrd or Grand Funk Railroad.

Riffage / Hookage: Not that riffy, even though they use THREE (count ’em) guitarists. But there’s a hook, of course. Baker had the hook, too!

Cowbell?: I don’t hear any, but there may be some somewhere

Words Of Wisdom: “Once upon a time, I went to Maine.
Got a ticket on a DC plane.
Mr. Dandy didn’t need no chute!
I was high and ready to boot!
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy! Go, Jim Dandy!”

Mixology Report: The cheese factor is strong. Why not?

Top Five Genius Results: Ted Nugent – Stranglehold
Blackfoot – Highway Song
Nazareth – Love Hurts
Rick Derringer – Rock & Roll, Hootchie Koo
Foghat – I Just Want To Make Love To You

For The Good Of The Order: Did you realize that they covered “Taxman” by the Beatles on 1975’s “Ain’t Life Grand” record? I didn’t. Wow. It sounds how you’d expect it to sound.

Here are two clips featuring BOA, Jim Dandy Mangrum and guest vocalist Ruby Starr (with the largest hair to skirt ratio ever). Did David Lee Roth cop everything from Jim Dandy? Could be…

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