Jim Dandy (song)

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"Jim Dandy"
Song by LaVern Baker from the album LaVern Baker
Released 1956
Genre Rhythm and Blues
Label Atlantic
Composer Lincoln Chase

"Jim Dandy" (sometimes known as "Jim Dandy to the Rescue") is a song written by Lincoln Chase, and was first recorded by American R&B singer LaVern Baker in 1956. It reached the top of the R&B chart[1] and #17 on the pop charts in the U.S. It was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was ranked #343 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2]

The song is about a man (Jim Dandy) who rescues women from improbable or impossible predicaments.[1] It proved popular enough that Chase wrote a second song for Baker entitled "Jim Dandy Got Married.".[1]

The American English term jim-dandy for an outstanding person or thing predates the song; first attested in 1844, it may itself come from the title of an old song, "Dandy Jim of Caroline".[3]

Black Oak Arkansas cover[edit]

"Jim Dandy"
Song by Black Oak Arkansas from the album High on the Hog
Released 1973
Genre Rhythm and Blues, Southern Rock
Label Atco Records
Composer Lincoln Chase

The song was covered by southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas. It hit #25 on the pop chart and featured Jim "Dandy" Mangrum and female vocalist Ruby Starr trading off vocals. It was the first single from their 1973 album High on the Hog, Black Oak's most commercially successful album.

The song has been featured in two movies. The Black Oak Arkansas version was used in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused, while the Wright Brothers Band version was used in the 1987 film Overboard. In the early-to-mid 2000's, a used car lot called JD Byrider produced a version replacing "Jim Dandy" with "JD" to advertise that they would "rescue" buyers with bad credit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Goldberg, Marv, Lavern Baker, retrieved 2010-09-09 
  2. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, Rolling Stone, 2004-12-09, archived from the original on 2008-06-26, retrieved 2010-09-09 
  3. ^ Harper, Douglas. "jim-dandy". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-02-01.