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 and #17 on the [1 ] 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.
It proved popular enough that Chase wrote a second song for Baker entitled " [1 ] Jim Dandy Got Married.". [1 ]
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 ]
tenor saxophone solo is by Sam "The Man" Taylor [4 ]
Black Oak Arkansas cover [ edit ]
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 , Black Oak's most commercially successful album. High on the Hog
The song has been featured in several movies. The LaVerne Baker version was featured in the 1972
John Waters film . The Pink Flamingos Black Oak Arkansas version was used in the 1993 film , while the Dazed and Confused Wright Brothers Band version was used in the 1987 film . In the early-to-mid 2000's, a used car lot called Overboard JD Byrider produced a version replacing "Jim Dandy" with "JD" to advertise that they would "rescue" buyers with bad credit.
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