- The Knowbody Else formed in Black Oak, Arkansas in 1963—a group high school mates who enjoyed making music and who possessed an interesting set of nicknames: Ronnie Smith was Chicky Hawk, Rickie Lee Reynolds was Ricochet or Risky, Stanley Knight was Goober Grin, Harvey Jett was Burley, Pat Daugherty was Dirty and Wayne Evans was Squeezebox. At some point Chicky Hawk decided he’d rather be stage production manager and handed the lead vocals to James Mangrum aka Jim Dandy.
- In 1969, The Knowbody Else moved to Memphis, Tennessee signing a record deal with Stax Records, producing a self-titled album and being largely ignored by record buyers everywhere.
- In 1970, the band signed to Atco Records and changed their name to that of their home town, Black Oak Arkansas (some years later they dropped the Arkansas and were known simply as Black Oak).
- Their eponymous album was released in 1971. Many fans still claim it was their best.
- A number of albums followed with the band going through a number recording companies, various incarnations, the occasional hiatus and inevitable reunions.
- In 2013 the band was back with Atlantic Records and released a new album, Back Thar N’ Over Yonder.
- The band now contains three of the original lineup; Dandy, Risky, and Dirty. The band toured the US to promote the album.
- Jim Dandy, sometimes called Jim Dandy to the Rescue was written by Lincoln Chase.
- It was first recorded by LaVern Baker in 1956 and peaked at #17 on US singles chart. Baker followed the song up with a sequel single, Jim Dandy Got Married.
- Contrary to popular belief, the song was not written about James “Jim Dandy” Mangrum of Black Oak Arkansas… it’s more likely that his nickname came from the song.
- Jim Dandy is a slang term for an outstanding person or item.
- Jim Dandy was covered by Black Oak Arkansas on their 1973 album, High on the Hog. The single peaked at #25 on the US singles chart.
- The vocals were shared by Jim “Dandy” Mangrum and Ruby Starr.
- Jim Dandy has featured in a number of movies. The LaVerne Baker version was featured in the 1972 John Waters film Pink Flamingos. The Black Oak Arkansas version was used in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused, while the Wright Brothers Band version was used in the 1987 film Overboard.
- In the early-to-mid 2000’s, a used car lot called JD Byrider produced a version replacing “Jim Dandy” with “JD” to advertise that they would “rescue” buyers with bad credit – the song is about a man named Jim Dandy who rescues women from various predicaments.
- Jim Dandy lyrics.
jim dandy – black oak arkansas – video – 1973
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