Ram Jam – Black Betty (Leaping Ahead #275)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #275: 161001

[A song with colour (10)]

“Black Betty” is a 20th-century African-American work song often credited to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter as the author, though the earliest recordings are not by him. Some sources claim it is one of Lead Belly’s many adaptations of earlier folk material, in this case an 18th-century marching cadence about a flintlock musket. There are numerous recorded versions, including a cappella, folk, and rock arrangements.  Ram Jam’s version from 1977 is probably the best known by most although Tom Jones, Spiderbait, Oli Brown and Son of Dave have also released covers.

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