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Black Oak Arkansas is an American Southern rock band named after the band's hometown of Black Oak, Arkansas. The band reached the height of its fame in the 1970s with ten charting albums released in that decade. Their style is punctuated by multiple guitar players and the raspy voice and on-stage antics of vocalist Jim "Dandy" Mangrum. Southern rock is a subgenre of rock music. ... Black Oak is a town located in Craighead County, Arkansas. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...

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History

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. Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... A live sound reproduction system has two main forms: A sound reinforcement system enhances the volume of the initial sound and will be designed so that as much as possible the listener will not realise that an artificial system is being used to make it easier for them to hear... Larceny is a crime involving stealing. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... L-R: David Crosby, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn The Byrds were an American rock music group founded in Los Angeles, California in 1964 by singers and guitarists Jim McGuinn (he later changed his name to Roger McGuinn), Gene Clark, and David Crosby. ...


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. For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Stax Records is an American record label, originally based out of Memphis, Tennessee. ... Psychedelia is a term describing a category of music, visual art, fashion, and culture that is associated originally with the high 1960s, hippies, and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California. ... Eastern philosophy refers very broadly to the various philosophies of Asia, including Indian philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Persian philosophy, Japanese philosophy, and Korean philosophy. ... Spirituality, in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit. ... The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a United States-based Christian denomination that consists of numerous agencies including six seminaries, two mission boards and a variety of other organizations such as: the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, which can act for the SBC ad interim between annual meetings...


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 group’s eclectic musical style. Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Atco Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, currently operating through WMGs Rhino Entertainment. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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. For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Tommy Aldridge (born on August 15, 1950, in Jackson, Mississippi), is a veteran heavy metal and hard rock drummer who has pioneered double bass drumming. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Ruby Starr Ruby Starr (November 30, 1949 - January 14, 1995) was born Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak in Toledo, Ohio. ... LaVern Baker (November 11, 1929 – March 10, 1997) was an American Rhythm & Blues singer, originally billed as Little Miss Sharecropper, then Bea Baker. She had taken the first name LaVern by 1952, when she began recording with Todd Rhodes and his band. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ...


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), Bill Godley (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. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Shawn Lane (March 21, 1963 – September 26, 2003) was an American musician. ...


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". Despite that lack of subtlety, the album is widely regarded as the finest of the band's long career, with the greatest lineup to date. Still, it made no commercial headway. This article is about the year. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Pinch harmonics is a guitar technique in which the nail or thumb slightly catches the string after it is picked, creating a high pitched sound in any position. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


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. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...


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)
  • Bill Godley - bass (1977-1980)
  • Joel Williams - drums (1977-1978)
  • Marius Penczner - keyboards (1975-1977)
  • Shawn Lane - guitar (1977-1981)
  • Chris Craig - drums (late 70's - early 80's)
  • Jon "Thunder Paws" Wells - drums (Ready As Hell)
  • Dave Wilson - Bass Guitar (1979-1981)
  • 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 "Narley Dude" Martin (R.I.P.) - 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)
  • Darrell Miller - drums (1970's)
  • Les John - drums (1979-1980)
  • 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)

Tommy Aldridge (born on August 15, 1950, in Jackson, Mississippi), is a veteran heavy metal and hard rock drummer who has pioneered double bass drumming. ... Shawn Lane (March 21, 1963 – September 26, 2003) was an American musician. ...

Discography

High On The Hog, Atco Records 1973

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Albums

  • 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)

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Compilations

  • Early Times (Stax 1974)
  • The Best Of Black Oak Arkansas (Atco 1977)
  • Hot & Nasty: The Best Of Black Oak Arkansas (Rhino 1993)

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See also

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External links


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Black Oak Arkansas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (748 words)
Black Oak Arkansas is an American Southern rock band named after the band's hometown of Black Oak, Arkansas.
The group, originally called "The Knowbody Else", was formed in 1965 in Black Oak, Arkansas, by James Mangrum (vocals), Rickie Reynolds (guitar), Stanley Knight (guitar), Harvey Jett (guitar), Pat Daugherty (bass), and Wayne Evans (drums).
Their self-titled debut album Black Oak Arkansas was released in 1971 while the band toured extensively, gaining a reputation as a live act.
black oak: Information from Answers.com (332 words)
Black oak (Quercus velutina) is a deciduous tree in the red oak group of oaks.
In the northern part of its range, fl oak is a relatively small tree, reaching a height of 20-25 m (65-80 ft) and a diameter of 90 cm (35 in), but it grows larger in the south and center of its range, where heights of up to 42 m (140 ft) are known.
The leaves of the fl oak are alternately arranged on the twig and are 10-20 cm (4-8 in) long with 5-7 bristle tipped lobes separated by deep U-shaped notches.
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