Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Black Betty" by Ram Jam.

OK, more one-hit wonders: This short-lived NYC band's only hit came in '77 (#18 Billboard) with their adaptation of an 18th Century African-American marching cadence work song. Lead Belly's version was sung a capella - the song is often credited to him. Odetta covered it in '64. Still unclear as to whether the title refers to a girl, a flint-lock musket or a whip. Boycotted by the NAACP. Band? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "And That Reminds Me". Kay Starr's version was titled "My Heart Reminds Me".

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