- Formed in 1972, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils hail from Springfield, Missouri and are still performing today with three of the foundation band members.
- The band’s original name was Family Tree. When they discovered that this was already being used by a band, the guys got together for a band naming party. John Dillon suggested, Cosmic Corn Cob & His Amazing Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Because the guys didn’t want to be known as corn cobs of any sort, especially cosmic ones, the name was shortened. The word “amazing” was dropped too, because they didn’t want a name that sounded like The Amazing Rhythm Aces.
- Between 1974 and 1980 the band released seven studio albums. An eighth album was released in 1997. Their latest album release was a live collection in 2011.
- Jackie Blue comes from The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ 1974 album, It’ll Shine When It Shines.
- Jackie Blue peaked at #3 on the US Charts.
- Larry Lee, the band’s drummer, supplied the lead vocals for the song. Singing in a higher register, many listeners came to believe it was sung by a woman.
- Jackie Blue found its way onto the album when, during the recording of It’ll Shine When It Shines, drummer Larry Lee was overheard singing a song about a mysterious friend of his who sometimes dealt drugs on the side. The band loved the melody and, while downplaying the drug references, altered the lyrics to be about a girl. The song’s writers are credited as band members Larry Lee and Steve Cash.
- Jackie Blue was covered by The Smashing Pumpkins in 1991.
- Jackie Blue lyrics.
jackie blue – the ozark mountain daredevils – 1975
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