Jim "Dandy" Mangrum

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Jim "Dandy" Mangrum
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Jim "Dandy" Mangrum onstage in 1973
Background information
Birth nameJames Mangrum
Born (1948-03-30) March 30, 1948 (age 71)
Benton Harbor, Michigan
GenresSouthern rock
InstrumentsLead vocals, washboard
Years active1965-present
Associated actsThe Knowbody Else
Black Oak Arkansas

James Mangrum (born March 30, 1948), better known as Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, 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.

Early life[edit]

Mangrum was born in the town of Benton Harbor, Michigan.[1] where his Arkansas-born parents were working at the time. The family returned to their home state and raised Mangrum in the small town of Black Oak, Arkansas. He was brought up a Southern Baptist and attended Monette High School, in Monette, Arkansas.

Black Oak Arkansas[edit]

While in high school, Mangrum and classmate Rickey Reynolds formed a band named The Knowbody Else. For a season, Reynolds' younger brother, Danny, played Bass guitar with the band. Ronnie Smith of Paragould, Arkansas, a close friend of theirs, joined the band as an additional vocalist and went on to become the band's stage production manager, continuing as stage manager long into the "Black Oak Arkansas" years.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

In 2015 Sammy B. Seauphine joined Black Oak Arkansas as a second, female singer next to Jim Dandy.[6] [7]

After building up a cult following, his fans have been naming themselves the 'Dandylions'.


  • Raunch 'N' Roll Live (1973)
  • Ready As Hell (1984)
  • The Black Attack Is Back (1986)


  1. ^ Black Oak Arkansas: The First 30 Years
  2. ^ family member
  3. ^ http://www.classicbands.com, Interview by Gary James with Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, retrieved on 11-12-09
  4. ^ http://www.classicbands.com, retrieved 11-12-09
  5. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Back-Thar-N-Over-Yonder/dp/B00EC6W2ZY
  6. ^ ww.metal-archives.com Samantha Barnes Seauphine
  7. ^ www.hit-channel.com Jim Dandy Mangrum Interview in 2017