Black Oak Arkansas

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Eligible since: 1996 (The 1997 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Black Oak Arkansas be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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This is another band that I tirelessly campaigned for over a week to get their own board.

Love their song 'Jim Dandy'. Rest of material, not so much.

Do look like they'd have been fun to see in concert.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 08.25.08 @ 10:08am


BOA deserves to be inducted into R & R fame. They were the pioneers of southern rock. 3 gold albums & many hits.. Jim was the First Front man - many have fashioned themselves after him .... True southern rockers before skynyrd, 38 Special etc..
Black Oak is alive & well..
Catch them at Sturgis S.D. Aug 9th, Broken Spoke Saloon
Sept 18th , The shed, Maryville Tn

Call or email VH1 & request Black Oak Arkansas !

Posted by Tammy Hensley on Saturday, 08.7.10 @ 12:41pm


It`s way over due for Black Oak Arkansas Front man "JIM DANDY" to be in R & R Hall of Fame! They were the Pioneers of Southern ROCK! Jim Dandy`s BOA to this DAY is still ROCKin!........KTF

Posted by Jackie on Tuesday, 09.7.10 @ 08:14am


You can't think classic Southern rock without thinking Black Oak Arkansas.
They are long overdue for the Hall Of Fame.
One of the biggest money making touring bands in the 70's. Over a dozen albums back then.
Three albums went gold and, I believe, one platinum.

Posted by Terry Toenges on Tuesday, 09.7.10 @ 12:36pm


There is only one more group needed to complete the RRHOF's Southern Rock trilogy. Who will be the next to join The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd ??? Little Feat,Wet Willie,Marshall Tucker Band,Molly Hatchet,38 Special etc.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 09.7.10 @ 13:49pm


There Is A Void In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame That No Band On Earth So Deserving Has Earned The Absolute Right To Fill...! They Remain As Outlaw As Willie Nelson ; Waylon Jennings ; Johnny Cash & David Allan Coe ; They Eclipse Every Band Who Attempted To Be Bad Ass ; They Once Had A Lead Guitarist Who At 16 Could Clean Hendrix`s Clock ; They Had A Lady Who Just Might Have Been The Greatest Singer Since Janis Joplin ; There Spirit Was Fueled By The Purest Inertia Of Life ; Love & Uncompromising Rebellion ; Their Heart Is The Home Of Crudest & Most Brilliant Insights Of Human Nature Expressed Without The Frills Of Any Charmed Life..!!!!!! They Absolutely Earned Their Scars ; Heartbreaks & Like Mickey Rourke The Resurrection Of Their Phoenix..!!!! & The Beauty Of Their Relentless Uncompromising Vision Pulsates With The A Leader Who Has The Heart Of A Lion..!!!!!! If We Look Beyond Sins Of Survival Then You Will Comprehend The Pricelessness Of Their Imperative Existence..!!!!! <><><> BLACK OAK ARKANSAS FOREVER # 1 FOREVER BLACK OAK ARKANSAS <><><> Amen..!

Posted by Owl on Wednesday, 10.12.11 @ 17:08pm


Where are all these Black Oak Arkansas votes coming from?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 11.11.11 @ 11:36am


They are coming from people who love Black Oak Arkansas! :)

Posted by Julie on Friday, 11.11.11 @ 17:26pm


Long live BLACK OAK ARKANSAS!!!!!

Posted by Sasa on Sunday, 11.13.11 @ 05:47am



Black Oak Arkansas - Mutants of the Monster
1974 California Jam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOZ__idpmNk

Posted by Julie on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 05:36am


Not having Black Oak Arkansas in the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame is like America not having Freedom!
There is NONE MORE DESERVING than this band. PERIOD! Plus as a BONUS they could actually get most of the original members to perform at the awards show. How many bands can do that? Long Live Black Oak Arkansas!!! To hell with the critics!

Posted by Bob Jungbluth on Wednesday, 11.16.11 @ 14:23pm


"Not having Black Oak Arkansas in the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame is like America not having Freedom!"

I like Black Oak Arkansas, but aren't we going a little overboard here?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 11.16.11 @ 15:06pm


Black Oak Arkansas was one of the greatest live bands you could see in the 70's. A real rock and roll band! They are still rockin’ and rollin’ to this day. They give the smaller crowds now days as much energy as they did the huge crowds (300,000!) back in the day. They are a true American rock and Roll band! America will be a better place when they are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! Black Oak Arkansas equals Freedom!! FREEDOM! They are Southern Rock Pioneers, Opening the doors for many bands that are now in the Hall of Fame. They deserve to be in the Hall of Fame them selves!

Posted by OrneryBill on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 16:28pm


GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 16:32pm


GOD BLESS BLACK OAK ARKANSAS.

Posted by SAM on Saturday, 11.19.11 @ 16:30pm


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.

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.[citation needed] Some of their influences during this time were The Beatles and The Byrds.

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.

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.

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.

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), Andy Tanas (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.

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.

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.

Posted by Greg on Friday, 12.2.11 @ 13:48pm


Looks like we're getting spammed with Black Oak Arkansas "fans" again.

Personally, I prefer a half-white ho from Alabama.

Posted by Marissa on Friday, 12.16.11 @ 14:58pm


Marissa,
"spammed"?? Because Black Oak Arkansas has allot of loyal fans and are voting you call it spam? WTF? You're one rude ho.

Posted by Elisa on Friday, 12.16.11 @ 15:48pm


marissa showing her true colors "half-white ho"? really marissa? bet you got a swastika on your forehead, don’t-cha? lol

Posted by Marie on Friday, 12.16.11 @ 16:19pm


what can we say! raw energy . and there is the ONE AND ONLY JIM DANDY !! SAW THEM LIVE AT LONG BEACH ARENA AND THE WHISKY IN L.A. NEVER WILL NE ANOTHER BAND OF THIS TYPE AGAIN.

Posted by dave on Sunday, 12.18.11 @ 18:39pm


As a band, Black Oak Arkansas has influenced three decades of aspiring musicians, including Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl, Vince Neil, David Lee Roth and Guns 'N' Roses.

Posted by breeze on Sunday, 12.18.11 @ 18:40pm


GETTIN KINDA COCKY! THIS IS THE BAND THAT CREATED RAUNCH N ROLL! WITH WILD MAN JIM DANDY, SEEN THEM AT SHRINE WITH JOHNNY WINTER AND WINTER WAS SMOKIN ,THEN BLACK OAK ARKANSAS HIT THE STAGE AND THEY WERE INSANE !!!SEEN THEM SEVERAL MORE TIMES AS THEY WERE LOUD N PROUD AND THE DANDY WAS HOT N NASSSTY! AS HE WHIPPED THE CROWD INTO ONE THROBBING MASS OF SWEATY FLESH AS THE BAND KRANKED IT UP!! ENOUGH SAID.

Posted by DJ on Sunday, 12.18.11 @ 19:16pm


the worlds primo booggie band during the 1970s was JIM DANDY AND HIS MERRY BAND OF FREAKS,THE ONE AND ONLY, BLACK OAK ARKANSAS!!!! THERE IS ONLY ONE JIM DANDY!!!ROCK ON.

Posted by DARLENE on Sunday, 12.18.11 @ 19:35pm


I saw them at California Jam in 1974 and they blew Black Sabbath off the stage! I heard later that Ozzy convinced Tommy Aldridge, Black Oaks drummer at the time to join him, and he did. lol Kinda sucked for Black Oak though. Tommy Aldridge was so good with them!

Posted by Elisa on Tuesday, 12.20.11 @ 17:14pm


BLACK OAK ARKANSAS MUSIC IS WHAT I WOULD CALL, SOUTHERN DIRT METAL!! AND THE DANDY IS THE ONE AND ONLY FRONT MAN WHO USES THAT GRAVEL TOAD HOWL!!!! LONG LIVE BOA AND GRAVEL ROADS.

Posted by dave on Monday, 12.26.11 @ 17:12pm


I SAW BLACK OAK ARKANSAS BACK IN 77 IN CINCINNATI AT CONEY ISLAND AND TWICE IN 2011. I SAW THEM AT BOWLING GREEN SHOW WHICH WAS TOTALLY AWESOME. Yhey opened with new tune plugged in and wired and also played halls of karma / lord have mercy on my soul. They kicked ass! These guys wrote the book on southern rock. Rock On!

Posted by DON HOMMELMEYER on Thursday, 01.5.12 @ 20:35pm


Hey DON. I saw them in 2011 too, and they definitely still have it! They kicked ass! "Plugged In And Wired" is going to be on their new CD "Memphis Mean Tymes". Cant wait for that to hit the stores. Been quite a while since their last CD! Hope its out soon!

Posted by gill on Friday, 01.6.12 @ 15:58pm


This Band Black oak brings back alot of good times. Had alot of fun. Still do when I here them. I saw Jim dandy live In ST> charles mn. Man they just rocked the place.

Posted by B.P. MN on Wednesday, 01.18.12 @ 08:44am


They had some nice jams. But Rock & Roll Hall of Fame worthy?

Hmmmmmm....

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 01.21.12 @ 17:43pm


hey back when the ready as hell album came out me and my brothers had the pleasure of meeting THE MAN HIMSELF,, JIM DANDY AND THE BOYS,we were the last guys in line at the promotion and record signing at tower records.jim dandy invited us to party on their touring bus ,WHAT A BLAST!VERY GRACIOUS PEOPLE, ANY WAY THEY PUT ON A SMOKING SHOW THAT NITE AT THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER,WHAT MORE COULD U ASK FOR, BACK STAGE PASSES ,PARTYIN ON THE TOURING BUS , I MEAN WE GOT TO PARTY LIKE ROCK STARS FOR ONE NITE !WE STILL TALK ABOUT THAT NITE 30 YRS LATER !ROCK ON BOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by jd on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 11:34am


<><><> BOA4EVER <> # 1 <> 4EVERBOA <><><>

THERE ARE A TRILLION BILLION IMPERATIVE PROLIFIC BANDS THROUGH OUT THE WORLD ! BUT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER BAND ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH THAT IS SO COMPLETELY VOID OF IMAGE & IMITATION ; HERE YOU WILL FIND NO VENEER ; BLACK OAK ARKANSAS ARE THE ORIGIN THAT DRIVE THE INERTIA OF WHAT ROCK ; IS..! WAS..! OR COULD BE..! GENUINE ! UNABRIDGED ! UNFILTERED ! RAW ! ADRENOLINE OF HUMAN ANGST ! REBELLION ! & COMPASSIONATE TRUTHFUL INSIGHT > WITHOUT THE MAKE OVER..!!! or ANY APOLOGIES.....!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE NOT THE INVENTION OF.., " THE SUITS...! " THEY ARE EVERYTHING & REPRESENT EVERYTHING IT MEANS TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF & REACH YOUR DREAMS..!!!! WHAT A HARLEY IS TO FREEDOM ! THEY ARE TO & FOR.., LIFE ! AMEN..! ~~~ HOW CAN ANYONE ATTAIN HOLINESS WITHOUT SIN...???????????????????????????????????????? <~~~~> Owl

Posted by Owl on Tuesday, 05.1.12 @ 13:49pm


just saw black oak in fort meyers fl, in nov. with hatchet and blackfoot, jim dandy is still rippen up the stage, great stuff

Posted by joe on Thursday, 11.29.12 @ 21:56pm


without black oak and there triple guitar attack , there would be no molly hatchet, outlaws or skynyrd! black oak was the prototype for these bands, plus jim dandy was the man back in the day and we know he spawned david lee roth, jesse dupree,and a few others. they were one of the top concert draws during the 1970's plus 1 platinium and 3 gold albums not bad for some wild eyed country raunch n rollers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by joseph on Friday, 11.30.12 @ 18:03pm


R.I.P. Stanley Glen Knight
Born Feb. 12, 1949
Passed Feb. 16, 2013
Original lead guitarist with Black Oak Arkansas.

Posted by paula on Tuesday, 02.19.13 @ 14:22pm



black oak just signed 2 record deal with atco,new cd will be released oct 15th, along with new tour! ,jim dandy rides again,yew ahh!!!!

Posted by dave on Tuesday, 07.30.13 @ 16:16pm


We are very pleased to announce the re-signing of southern hillbilly psycho-boogie band, Black Oak Arkansas to Atlantic/Atco Records. The band is making their triumphant return with their new album 'Back Thar N' Over Yonder' out October 15th 2013
Atlantic Records

Posted by JR on Thursday, 08.1.13 @ 04:07am


back thar n over yonder is great stuff, good to see the boys back on top again,get down jim dandy

Posted by dj on Friday, 10.25.13 @ 20:39pm


back thar n over yander is good old black oak boogie

Posted by dave on Tuesday, 12.17.13 @ 20:27pm


time to get plugged in and wired!

Posted by dj on Saturday, 09.6.14 @ 16:05pm


Absolute disgrace that they are not in there (the R&R Hall of Fame). Isn't it time for fans like us to kick-start ($$$$) a new and true R&R Hall of Fame? Not just for BOA, but so many legendary others who will never get a second glance from the corporate snobbery that passes for music criticism these days.

It pisses me off.

I propose what (off the top of my head) could be called "Deep Cuts" R&R Hall of Truth.

Posted by Marty on Friday, 03.18.16 @ 18:38pm


Got their first album in 1970 when I was 14, I think they were a seminal southern rock band. It's a shame they're not in the hall. They forgot about them just like The Moody Blues Jimmy Gunn

Posted by Jimmy Gunn on Sunday, 08.28.16 @ 04:58am


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