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Jim Dandy Mangrum

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Birth name  James Mangrum
Occupation(s)  Singer
Years active  1965-present
Role  Singer
Genres  Southern rock
Instruments  Lead vocals, washboard
Name  Jim Mangrum
Born  March 30, 1948 (age 67)Benton Harbor, Michigan (1948-03-30)
Associated acts  The Knowbody ElseBlack Oak Arkansas
Music group  Black Oak Arkansas (Since 1965)
Movies  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Similar People  Ruby Starr, Tommy Aldridge, Shawn Lane, John Roth, Johnny Winter

Jim dandy mangrum introducing his band black oak arkansas for their 2015 tour

James Mangrum, better known as Jim "Dandy" Mangrum (born March 30, 1948), is the lead singer and frontman for the American Southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas. He is noted for his raspy voice, long hair, and wild, sexually-explicit stage antics which sometimes included miming sex with a washboard which he often uses to accompany his singing. His stage persona is credited as having been a major influence on Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth.



Early life


Mangrum was born in the town of Benton Harbor, Michigan. He was raised a Southern Baptist in the town of Black Oak, Arkansas. Mangrum attended Monette High School, in Monette, Arkansas.

Black Oak Arkansas


While in high school, Mangrum joined a band named The Knowbody Else, replacing Ronnie Smith on vocals, in a mutually-agreed upon decision. Smith went on to become the band's stage production manager. In 1966, Mangrum and members of the group stole musical equipment from Monette high school and Manila high school, and were arrested for grand larceny. They were sentenced to 26 years at the Tucker Prison Farm; however, the sentence was suspended. Mangrum and his group left Arkansas, and moved first to New Orleans, and then to Memphis, Tennessee. In 1970, they traveled to Los Angeles where they signed with Atco Records and released their self-titled first album with their new name Black Oak Arkansas.

In 1973, they released their most successful album, High on the Hog, which reached number 52 in the charts. One of the songs from the album, "Jim Dandy", which was a cover of the 1957 LaVern Baker song, reached number 25 in the Billboard charts, and became their best known single and Mangrum's signature song. It also featured female vocalist Ruby Starr, who traded off vocals with Mangrum.


In 1982, he was involved in a car accident, and broke three vertebrae; however by 1984 he had recovered, and was back performing.


Mangrum continues to record and tour with a series of different Black Oak Arkansas lineups in the present day of 2011.

Black Oak Arkansas's last album was Back Thar N' Over Yonder on Atlantic Records in 2013. The album received high marks in nearly all reviews, and featured a 2013 reunion of former band members as well as unreleased tracks from the heyday of the band in the 1970s.


  • Ready As Hell (1984)
  • The Black Attack Is Back (1986)
  • Songs

    Jim Dandy
    Lord Have Mercy on My Soul
    Hot and Nasty
    When Electricity Came to Arkansas
    Uncle Elijah
    What's Your Name
    Mutants of the Monster
    Memories at the Window
    Strong Enough to Be Gentle
    The Black Attack Is Back
    Hey Ya'll
    Wild Men From the Mountains
    Revolutionary All American Boys
    Everybody Wants to See Heaven "Nobody Wants to Die"
    The Hills of Arkansas
    Hot Rod
    Back Door Man
    Rock 'n' Roll
    We Help Each Other
    I Can Feel Forever
    Swimmin' in Quicksand
    Feet on Earth - Head in Sky
    Mean Woman
    Dark Purple Blues
    Sweet Delta Water
    Fever in My Mind
    Plugged In And Wired
    Gettin' Kinda Cocky
    White Headed Woman
    Flesh Needs Flesh
    We Live on Day to Day
    Older Than Grandpa


    Jim "Dandy" Mangrum Wikipedia