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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 07:08 PM

I will always have a special place in my musical heart for these good ole boys:

"Hot And Nasty" Black Oak Arkansas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGAPhLK8qdk

Black Oak Arkansas "Jim Dandy to the rescue"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPsaGPzCHkQ

Black Oak Arkansas "Hey ya'll"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuK3HDDTJTQ

Black Oak Arkansas - "Hot Rod"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osq3o7uMSJU

Black Oak Arkansas"taxman"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNj-wu3mE3c

Black Oak Arkansas - "Gravel Roads"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CXD1kYiTGg

The group, originally called "The Knowbody Else", was formed in 1965 in Black Oak, Arkansas, by Jim "Dandy" Mangrum (vocals), Rickie Reynolds (guitar), Stanley Knight (guitar), Harvey Jett (guitar), Pat Daugherty (bass), and Wayne Evans (drums). Their first PA system was stolen from a local high school. Members of the group were subsequently charged in absentia with grand larceny and sentenced to 26 years at the Tucker Prison Farm (this sentence was later suspended). This led to their retreat to the hills of rural northeast Arkansas where they lived off the land and refined their musical style. Some of their influences during this time were The Beatles and The Byrds.

The Knowbody Else moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1969 and signed a record deal with Stax Records. Their self-titled debut album, and their only album with Stax, was largely ignored by the populace. During this time the band became interested in psychedelia and Eastern spiritualism which, combined with their Southern Baptist upbringing, contributed to their sound.

After several trips to Los Angeles, California in 1970, the band was signed by Atco Records and rechristened "Black Oak Arkansas". Their self-titled debut album Black Oak Arkansas was released in 1971 while the band toured extensively, gaining a reputation as a live act. The twin album releases that followed in 1972, Keep The Faith and If An Angel Came To See You, Would You Make Her Feel At Home, expanded on the groupís eclectic musical style.

In 1973, Black Oak Arkansas released their fourth album Raunch 'N' Roll Live and introduced a new drummer, Tommy Aldridge. It was their fifth album High on the Hog, released later that year, that established solid commercial success by peaking at number 52 on the Billboard charts. Vocalist Ruby Starr also toured with the band during this period. Her raspy voice can be heard on the group's remake of LaVern Baker's 1957 hit "Jim Dandy," which reached number 25 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The 1974 release "Street Party" may have failed to maintain the momentum, however, another 1974 release entitled "Early Times", an overlooked Stax recording, made up for lost time. In 1975 the original lineup of Black Oak Arkansas (minus Harvey Jett, who was replaced by Jimmy Henderson) released their last album, Ain't Life Grand. A new version of the band called "Black Oak" was formed in 1977 around Jim "Dandy" Mangrum and Jimmy Henderson. Greg Reding (guitar and keyboards), Jack Holder (guitar), Andy Tanas (bass), and Joel Williams (drums) participated on the two Capricorn albums which were recorded in 1977 (Race with the Devil) and 1978 (I'd Rather Be Sailing.) In 1978, guitarist Shawn Lane joined the band at age 14 and toured with the band for four years.

Released in 1984, Ready, as Hell debuted a heavier sound with pinch harmonics and keyboards featured throughout. The album also marked the return of Rickie Lee Reynolds on rhythm guitar. In 1986, The Black Attack Is Back continued the heavy style of the previous album and featured the particularly adventurous track "I Want A Woman With Big Titties".

James Mangrum has continued recording and touring with a series of different Black Oak lineups up to present day. Black Oak Arkansas currently enjoys a loyal fan following. However, the later lineups have yet to duplicate the level of album sales that the original lineup generated in the early-mid 1970s. Jim Dandy is credited with inspiring Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth's image and onstage persona as well.


Band Members

* James L. "Jim Dandy" Mangrum - lead vocals, washboard (1965-present)
* Rickie Lee "Ricky" "Ricochet" Reynolds - twelve-string guitar, vocals (1965-1977, 1984-present)
* Hal McCormack - lead guitar (2003-present)
* Johnnie Bolin - drums ( -present)
* George Hughen - bass guitar ( -present)
* Stanley Knight - lead guitar, steel guitar, organ, vocals (1965-1976)
* Pat Daugherty - bass guitar, vocals (1965-1977, 2000-2002)
* Harvey Jett - lead guitar, banjo, piano, vocals (1965-1974)
* Wayne Evans - drums (1965-1973)
* Tommy Aldridge - drums (1973-1977)
* Paul Simmons - drums (1985-1986)
* James Henderson - guitar (1975-1979)
* Jack Holder - guitar (1977-1979)
* Greg Reding - guitar, keyboards (1977-1979)
* Andy Tanas - bass (1977-1980)
* Joel Williams - drums (1977-1978)
* Marius Penczner - keyboards (1975-1977)
* Shawn Lane - guitar (1977-1981)
* Jon "Thunder Paws" Wells - drums (Ready As Hell)
* William Lemuel - bass guitar (Ready As Hell)
* Steve "The Axe" Nuenmacher - lead guitar, rhythm guitar (Ready As Hell)
* Billy Batte - keyboards, violin (Ready As Hell)
* Michael Martin - lead guitar (The Black Attack Is Back)
* "Big" Mike Fowler - bass guitar (The Black Attack Is Back)
* Biff Bingham - 2nd lead guitarist (Ready as Hell, The Black Attack is Back)
* Jerry A. Williams - drums (Ready as Hell, The Black Attack is Back) (1985-1986)
* Cozy Johnson - drums (early 80's)
* James "Little Jim" Mangrum Jr. - drum technician
* Danny Leath - lead guitar
* Rocky Athas - lead guitar (1996-2001)
* John Roth - guitar (mid 80's)

Albums My faves are highlighted

* Black Oak Arkansas (Atco 1971)
* Keep The Faith (Atco 1972)
* If An Angel Came To See You Would You Make Her Feel At Home? (Atco 1972)
* Raunch 'N' Roll Live (Atlantic 1973)
* High On The Hog (Atco 1973)
* Street Party (Atco 1974)
* Early Times (Stax STS5504 1974)
* Ain't Life Grand (Atco 1975)
* X-Rated (MCA 1975)
* Live! Mutha (Atco 1976)
* Balls Of Fire (MCA 1976)
* 10 Yr Overnight Success (MCA 1977)
* Race With The Devil (Capricorn 1977)
* I'd Rather Be Sailing (Capricorn 1978)
* The Black Attack Is Back (Capricorn 1986)
* Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour 1976 (Capricorn 1998)
* The Wild Bunch (Cleopatra 1999)


Any of you ever into BOA, Saw them 3 times live..back in the day

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 07:14 PM
my first exposure to Tommy Aldridge

they are an aquired taste but I enjpy listening to them

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 07:17 PM
I'm with you, Kenny! I've always liked these guys I suppose because I used to see them live a lot. They played manymany gigs in the early 70's in a club that happened to be just up the street from my 1st home away from home (aka: party central) so I would catch them everytime they were in town. And can't forget Ruby Starr who did vocals with them early on. All the guys had big crushes on her.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 07:39 PM
I got a fever in my mind
just a little bit


Harvey Jett was living in Western Kentucky and had found religion and I believe may be a preacher. A friend of mine used to exchange emails with him a few years back. I don't know if they still communicate.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 07:40 PM
I'm trying to find some pics I shot of BOA while I was in high school.

We had Jim Dandy at Rockers three or four times.

My bar was the one the "comp." drinks had to go to.

Met and talked to Jim at every show.

Great guy, friendly as all hell.

I hope Hughduty stops by, he knew these guys way back when.

[Edited on 12/6/2007 by PhotoRon286]

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 07:43 PM
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they are an aquired taste but I enjpy listening to them


Yes indeed...they are...When I was a teen I used to drive my Mom crazy playing the song "Hot n Nasty" and "Keep the Faith"....she hated his voice. I always loved that old Razor throated sound of his......their music always takes me down memory lane.

Ruby Starr passed away during 1995
Ruby Starr (November 30, 1949 - January 14, 1995) was born Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak in Toledo, Ohio. Starr started performing at the age of nine under the stage name Connie Little and was later billed as Ruby Jones during the 1960s. In 1971 she was signed to Curtom Records and recorded her first album, Ruby Jones. Shortly after that album's release, Black Oak Arkansas lead vocalist Jim "Dandy" Mangrum saw Starr singing in an Evansville, Indiana, club and convinced her to join his band. At this point she assumed the stage name of Ruby Starr.

Starr toured with the band for several years at the height of their success and was featured in their Top 30 single "Jim Dandy". In 1974 she began touring on her own again as Ruby Starr & Grey Ghost (members: Gary Levin, Marius Penczner, David Mayo and Joel Williams) and released a self-titled album in 1975 on Capitol Records. Her second album, Scene Stealer, also on Capitol Records was released in 1976. During this time she continued to open for Black Oak Arkansas and other acts such as Black Sabbath and Edgar Winter. Starr also toured with Blackfoot from 1977 to 1978. Her third and last album for Capitol, Smoky Places was released in 1977.

By the dawn of the 1980s, Starr had formed a new band called Grey Star. They issued a pair of recordings which included 1981's Grey Star and 1983's Telephone Sex. Star formed her final group, Henrietta Kahn, in the late 1980s. In the early 1990s, Starr was diagnosed with cancer. She died at home in Toledo in January of 1995.

After her death, several archival releases that featured Starr were issued, including the live Black Oak Arkansas recording, Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour 1976, and a reissue of Ruby Starr's debut album, retitled as Stone Junkie.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 07:46 PM
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I hope Hughduty stops by, he knew these guys way back when.





Hey Ron !

Yeah Hugh was telling me a lot about those days....

I called the house the other day.....Barb said I had a package from New York.

I'm still at my Mom's...trying to get on the right "mind" track.

Thanks so much my Brother !!!

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 07:51 PM
I haven't thought about BOA in years, I had a couple of their records. My favorites were Raunch and Roll and High on the hog. I bought them both at Woolworths, they had the corner's cut off and were $1.99 when a normal record was $3.99 to $5.99.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 08:02 PM
I love Black Oak.I have there Don Kirshner performance from 74 it rocks!!!!!
 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 08:54 PM
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I hope Hughduty stops by, he knew these guys way back when.





Hey Ron !

Yeah Hugh was telling me a lot about those days....

I called the house the other day.....Barb said I had a package from New York.

I'm still at my Mom's...trying to get on the right "mind" track.

Thanks so much my Brother !!!


I'll bet she can't pronounce where it came from.

Heh heh.




Love ya brother.

 

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I hope Hughduty stops by, he knew these guys way back when.





Hey Ron !

Yeah Hugh was telling me a lot about those days....

I called the house the other day.....Barb said I had a package from New York.

I'm still at my Mom's...trying to get on the right "mind" track.

Thanks so much my Brother !!!


I'll bet she can't pronounce where it came from.

Heh heh.




Love ya brother.


I know she can't..haha...really.

Love you to Bro...for sure.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 09:05 PM
Who can?
 

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Everyone who met me at the Beacon in 06.

Or Pixberg in 05.

 

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Their first record, "Black Oak Arkansas" is actually a REAL classic. Some great country influenced rock 'n' roll on it. Let's face it, man..........things went downhill pretty quickly after that. They COULD have concentrated on going off in that same musical direction and become very adept at it. Instead they concentrated on being a raunchy sex band with Jim Dandy's c*ck as the main focus. Hell, I'm 52, I saw them in concert several times. They were a bit of a novelty act, but who can blame them, they took advantage of teenage hormones and rode it to fame and fortune.........for a little while, 'till the kids started to grow up. The songwriting after that first record was never very good. By the way Jim........just where did you buy that cucumber??

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 07:17 AM
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I'm trying to find some pics I shot of BOA while I was in high school.

We had Jim Dandy at Rockers three or four times.

My bar was the one the "comp." drinks had to go to.

Met and talked to Jim at every show.

Great guy, friendly as all hell.

I hope Hughduty stops by, he knew these guys way back when.

[Edited on 12/6/2007 by PhotoRon286]


& still do. Known thwm since the Knowbody Else days...used to sneak out of the house in Jr. High to go to their "dances'....then when i got older,several of my bands opened for 'em......they're still gigging,btw....Jim D.& Rickey lee are the only 2 originals left...Johnny Bloin (Tommy's brother) is their drummer....

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 08:33 AM
Raunch N Roll Live is till one of my favorite albums ever, in my top 10. Saw them on In Concert on a Saturday night, went to Sears the next weekend and bought the album. That 3 guitar lineup with Tommy Dog Aldridge playing the drums was just great. Rhino has released both of the entire shows that the album came from on a limited edtion double cd. Hope to get it for Christmas sthis year.

Thanks for bringing them up Kenny, you have some of the best taste in music my friend. Hey, you turned me on to Gamma and reminded me how much I love Captain Beyond.

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 08:55 AM
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Their first record, "Black Oak Arkansas" is actually a REAL classic. Some great country influenced rock 'n' roll on it. Let's face it, man..........things went downhill pretty quickly after that. They COULD have concentrated on going off in that same musical direction and become very adept at it. Instead they concentrated on being a raunchy sex band with Jim Dandy's c*ck as the main focus. Hell, I'm 52, I saw them in concert several times. They were a bit of a novelty act, but who can blame them, they took advantage of teenage hormones and rode it to fame and fortune.........for a little while, 'till the kids started to grow up. The songwriting after that first record was never very good. By the way Jim........just where did you buy that cucumber??


In my opinion "Keep the Faith" and "If an Angel came to see you" were every bit as good.....to be honest better than the 1st album. I'm sure a lot of other BOA fans felt the same way. So they must have not been for you my friend, no problem there. I was more interested in their music as opposed to Jim's genitals.

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 08:57 AM
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Raunch N Roll Live is till one of my favorite albums ever, in my top 10. Saw them on In Concert on a Saturday night, went to Sears the next weekend and bought the album. That 3 guitar lineup with Tommy Dog Aldridge playing the drums was just great. Rhino has released both of the entire shows that the album came from on a limited edtion double cd. Hope to get it for Christmas sthis year.

Thanks for bringing them up Kenny, you have some of the best taste in music my friend. Hey, you turned me on to Gamma and reminded me how much I love Captain Beyond.


Good to hear from ya Brother Wayne, Glad I was able to turn you on to Gamma. A good band that almost went unnoticed. Captain Beyond was very good. Hard to find a lot of video on them though. Take care my friend.

 

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Their first record, "Black Oak Arkansas" is actually a REAL classic. Some great country influenced rock 'n' roll on it. Let's face it, man..........things went downhill pretty quickly after that. They COULD have concentrated on going off in that same musical direction and become very adept at it. Instead they concentrated on being a raunchy sex band with Jim Dandy's c*ck as the main focus. Hell, I'm 52, I saw them in concert several times. They were a bit of a novelty act, but who can blame them, they took advantage of teenage hormones and rode it to fame and fortune.........for a little while, 'till the kids started to grow up. The songwriting after that first record was never very good. By the way Jim........just where did you buy that cucumber??


In my opinion "Keep the Faith" and "If an Angel came to see you" were every bit as good.....to be honest better than the 1st album. I'm sure a lot of other BOA fans felt the same way. So they must have not been for you my friend, no problem there. I was more interested in their music as opposed to Jim's genitals.



"In my opinion "Keep the Faith" and "If an Angel came to see you" were every bit as good.....to be honest better than the 1st album."

agreed. "If An Angel" is my fav. next to the 1st LP....but,overall,the Knowbody Else LP...on the Hip label (a division of STAX !!) is my fav. LP of theirs...
btw....it says on the Rhino site that the new "Raunch n' Roll" has sold out....I like the newly added 1st nite disc better than the originally released 2nd nite show...it's much "Rawer"....very cool to have them both...& the booklet....

 

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