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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
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Track List: Ram Jam

1. Black Betty

2. Let It All Out

3. Keep Your Hands On The Wheel

4. Right On The Money

5. All For The Love Of Rock N' Roll

6. 404

7. High Steppin'

8. Overloaded

9. Hey Boogie Woman

10. Too Bad On Your Birthday

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Track List: The Very Best Of Ram Jam

1. Black Betty

2. Let It All Out

3. Keep Your Hands On The Wheel

4. Right On The Money

5. All For The Love Of Rock N' Roll

6. 404

7. High Steppin'

8. Overloaded

9. Hey Boogie Woman

10. Too Bad On Your Birthday

11. The Kid Next Door

12. Turnpike

13. Wanna Find Love

14. Just Like Me

15. Hurricane Ride

16. Saturday Night

17. Runway Runaway

18. Please, Please, Please

19. Gone Wild

20. Pretty Poison

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justinjenny4 9 5
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great cover!!
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I like this song but the final count down is better ⏰
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Song makes me wanna party
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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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Go L. A. Dodgers
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I love My New 2016 Dogde Truck 4Wd
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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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bio
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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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ken332011
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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koxon_xx
Check out the video clip :) awesome ...
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MUSIC FOR PLAYING, IN MY HOT-ROD.
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