One of the sounds of the early ’70s is classic rock – and one of the popular one hit wonders was Jim Dandy by Black Oak Arkansas.
Written by Lincoln Chase, Jim Dandy was first recorded by R&B singer LaVern Baker in 1956.
Fast forward to the early 1970s, when Black Oak Arkansas decided to cover this song in their southern rock style. It was the first single from their fifth album High on the Hog in 1973.
The band had gained many fans thanks to the three previous albums, a popular single “Lord have mercy on my soul” and extensive touring across the US and Europe.
For their fourth album, the band released a live album – Raunch in Roll Live – and then went back to the studio for High on the Hog, with the lead single Jim Dandy.
After being invited to visit Elvis Presley at Graceland, the band took a tip from the King to record Jim Dandy with guest vocalist Ruby Starr. Hitting #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song was a hit, especially for rock radio stations.
Now a classic of the time period, the song was chosen to be one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock ‘n’ Roll.
For fans of classic rock – this song is almost four minutes of rock perfection with a southern accent.