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Ram Jam

The members of Ram Jam were Bill Barlett (former lead guitarist of the Lemon Pipers), Pete Charles (drummer), Myke Scavone (lead singer), and Howie Arthur Blauvett, who sang with Billy Joel in two earlier groups (the Hassles and El Primo). Ram Jam's only hit, "Black Betty," created quite a stir when Epic Records released it. The recording session was the brainstorm of Barlett and bubblegum producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz. Two civil rights groups, the N.A.A.C.P. and C.O.R.E., called for a boycott of the song, claiming it insulted black women. Despite the controversy, it still reached the number 18 spot on Billboard's pop chart in September 1977. The Cincinnati band Starstruck had released a more driving, riveting version of "Black Betty" on the Truckstar label before Ram Jam's version. Starstruck's version received little airplay or recognition; ironically, future Ram Jam member Barlett had been a member of Starstruck when they recorded "Black Betty."

In the early '90s the producers remixed "Black Betty" and got an international hit for their efforts. The band released two LPs: Ram Jam (1977) and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram (1978). Epic issued only three singles by the rockers. Blauvelt joined Spitball, a funky blues-type band, in the '90s, and performed with them until he died of a heart attack. Billy Joel often dedicates "We Didn't Start the Fire" to Blauvelt when he performs live. Barlett continued to play in the southwestern Ohio/eastern Indiana area. ~ Andrew Hamilton
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: New York: A Mix Odyssey

1. Call Me

2. Hear My Name

5. Don't Go

6. (I Just Want To Be A) Drummer

7. This Feelin

8. Black Betty

10. Tainted Love

11. My My My

12. Talking In Your Sleep

14. Let Me Lead You

15. Fascinated

16. Owner Of A Lonely Heart

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Track List: Box Of Rock

Disc 1

1. Wild Thing

2. Black Magic Woman

3. More Than A Feeling

4. Barracuda

5. Black Betty

6. Hot Chilli Woman

7. For Your Love

8. Lazy Sunday

9. Chemistry

11. Never Let Me Go

14. But You Don't Care

15. Wishing Well

Disc 2

1. Bat Out Of Hell

2. Once Bitten Twice Shy

3. She's Not There

4. Hold The Line

5. If You Want My Love

6. Brown Eyed Girl

7. Evil Hearted You

8. Oh Sherrie

9. Summer Of '81

10. Who Can It Be Now?

11. I Feel The Earth Move

13. Spoonful

14. My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man

15. Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar

Disc 3

1. Poison

2. We Will Rock You

3. Little Miss Can't Be Wrong

4. He's Gonna Step On You Again

6. Heart Full Of Soul

7. Little Miss Understood

8. Persuasion

9. Tin Soldier

10. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

11. America

12. Come And Get It

13. She'd Rather Be With Me

14. Dizzy

15. Midnight Special

Disc 4

1. Cult Of Personality

2. Freeway Jam

3. Rock The Night

4. Spinning Wheel

5. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

6. Purple Haze (Live)

7. Itchycoo Park

8. Spill The Wine

9. I'm A Man

10. Dimples

11. Natural Born Bugie

13. The House Of The Rising Sun

15. I Can't Control Myself

Disc 5

2. Be Good Johnny

3. Computer Games

6. Can't Fight This Feeling

7. I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am!)

8. And We Danced

9. Fox On The Run

10. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

11. Happy Together

12. Mondo Sexo

14. The Letter

Disc 6

1. Rock N Roll Part 2

2. Hold Your Head Up

3. Working For The Weekend

4. The Bottom Line

5. Take Me Home Tonight

6. The Pushbike Song

8. Time Of The Season

9. The Cry Of Eugene

10. Come Together

11. I'm Your Witchdoctor

12. The Score

13. Freight Loader

14. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

Disc 7

1. No Lies

2. Chained To The Wheel

4. Rock 'N' Roll Dreams Come Through

5. Love My Way

8. Out Of Time

9. Brandenburger

10. Elenore

11. Cool World

12. 867-5309 / Jenny

13. When I Was Young

Disc 8

1. Leaving Home

2. Drugs

3. Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)

5. Runaway Train

6. Up To Our Necks In It

7. The Warrior

8. Happy Birthday Helen

9. It Ain't Me Babe

10. Man Of The World

11. With A Little Help From My Friends

12. San Franciscan Nights

13. The Back Room

14. With A Girl Like You

15. Summer In The City

Disc 9

1. Wild One

2. Runaway

3. Duke Of Earl

4. Hippy Hippy Shake

5. Poison Ivy

6. Venus In Blue Jeans

7. Surf City

8. The Purple People Eater

10. Rubber Ball

11. Blue Moon

12. Angel Face

13. The Witch Queen Of New Orleans

14. Wipe Out

15. Concrete And Clay

Disc 10

1. Tequila

2. Hooked On A Feeling

3. At The Hop

4. Let's Get Together Again

5. Knock On Wood

6. Little Town Flirt

7. Lucille

8. Son Of My Father

9. Just Walkin' In The Rain

10. Beautiful Sunday

11. Sugar Sugar

12. Jealous Mind

13. Hang On Sloopy

14. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

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Track List: Eastbound & Down (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Going Down

3. Your Touch

4. Night Time

5. Oogum Boogum Song

7. Blow The Whistle

9. Down On The Street

11. Sky Pilot

12. Black Betty

Disc 2

2. El Monstros, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut

4. Goin' Down South

6. Love Will Turn You Around

8. Miss X

10. Kiss The Sky

14. Heard It Through The Grapevine

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Track List: Planet 70's

Disc 1

1. Blockbuster

3. The Boys Are Back In Town

4. Black Betty

5. My Sharona

7. Crazy Horses

8. She's A Lady

9. Mama Weer All Crazee Now

11. All The Young Dudes

12. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

13. Son Of My Father

14. Band Of Gold

15. I Love To Love

16. Seasons In The Sun

17. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

18. Dreadlock Holiday

19. 54-46 (Was My Number)

20. I Can't Get Next To You

21. The Tears Of A Clown

Disc 2

2. Vicious

3. Stuck In The Middle With You

4. Cocaine

5. Free Bird

6. Since You've Been Gone

7. Rockin' All Over The World

8. All Right Now

9. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

10. Paranoid

11. I Was Made For Lovin' You

12. Devil's Answer

13. Meet Me On The Corner

14. This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us

15. I Just Want To Celebrate

16. Avenues & Alleyways

18. Inner City Blues

19. Je T'aime ... Moi Non Plus

20. I Could Be So Good For You

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Track List: The Dukes Of Hazzard (Soundtrack)

2. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

3. One Way Out (Live)

5. Call Me The Breeze

6. The South's Gonna Do It Again

7. Flirtin' With Disaster

8. Hillbilly Shoes

9. Black Betty

11. Change My Mind

13. Funk #49

14. Good Ol' Boys

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Jam Ram
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lordsnite
If Black Betty doesn't get you moving it's too late for 911 just have them call the undertaker.. . Y o u must be dead.
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One hit wonders still like the song though.
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I love all chicks and rock an roll!!
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Black Betty
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I'm reading so wrong. It's not even "I'm" setting the truth truly needed ....... God blesses. It's all bout YOUR CIRCLES ........YOUR CIRCLES INCLUDES YOURS ONLY. AINT GONNA BE MADE ???
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Was Buzzy Meekins the bass player on Black Betty?
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Cabrones are good
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Whoa Black Betty bam a lam
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Black Betty is a great song, apparently whoever sings it..Awesome!
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Black Betty....one of the best drumming solo's in da world
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stranger052
Sexy song for my sexy ford mustang
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BLACK BETTY BAM BA LAM
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Needs a bio
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Blow
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I was a road'e for these guys in the 70, from Middletown, Ohio and then they started playing in Oxford, Ohio and that was the last time I saw them. I was around these guys for about 2 years. Great Song
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I love dukes of hazard and the son black Betty!
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discogs.com has all four albums; Ram Jam 1977, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Ram 1978, Best of 1990, Tank you Mam 1996, available in some format (mostly vinyl) The group was from New York City and the song is 'traditional ' the first recordings were in the 1930's but its origins are pre-civil war.
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Brings back good memories of the 70s - cruising in my buddy, Carl's 73 mustang with an under-dash 8 track, pioneer amp, and living room speakers in the back seat
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Woah,Black Betty!
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cool
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Great song
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Check out the video clip :) awesome ...
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MUSIC FOR PLAYING, IN MY HOT-ROD.
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Black Betty was probably the first or second 45 I ever bought as a kid at about age 14. We played the crap out of that record and I wish I could remember what was on the B side. All I can remember is that the B side was a much mellower song? Can anyone help with this?
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Great song in movie Blow
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Woah ohh black betty bam ba lam.
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This song was used in the horrible dukes of hazard the new one with losers for actors
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