FLASHBACK: Black Oak Arkansas Release Debut Album
Produced by Iron Butterfly’s Lee Dorman, Black Oak Arkansas introduced their three-guitar thunderstorm and lead singer Jim “Dandy” Mangrum to the world. With songs like “Hot and Nasty,” “Lord Have Mercy on My Soul,”  and “Singin’ The Blues,” Black Oak found a cult following through incessant touring with the likes of the Allman Brothers. Released in... Read more
FLASHBACK: Johnnie Taylor Releases “Disco Lady”
“Disco Lady” is a 1976 single for Crawfordsville native Johnnie Taylor that went on to become his biggest hit. The single was Taylor’s first for Columbia Records, where Taylor signed after his long-time label, Stax Records, went bankrupt. It spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks on the Billboard R&B chart in the U.S.... Read more
FLASHBACK: The Band Get “Up On Cripple Creek”
“Up on Cripple Creek” was the lead single from The Band’s eponymous second album, The Band. It was released as an single in November 1969 and reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Up on Cripple Creek” was written by Band guitarist and principal songwriter Robbie Robertson, with drummer Levon Helm singing lead vocal. A 1976 live performance... Read more
FLASHBACK: Bobby Whitlock Hits Big With Derek & The Dominoes.
Marmaduke (Greene County) native Bobby Whitlock is best known as a member of Eric Clapton’s post-Blind Faith band Derek and the Dominos. Whitlock’s musical career began with Memphis soul acts such as Sam & Dave and Booker T. & the M.G.’s before he joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends in 1968. His association with Delaney & Bonnie bandmate Eric... Read more
FLASHBACK: Sweet Connie Hits #1
“We’re an American Band” became Grand Funk Railroad’s first #1 single on September 29, 1973, Mark Farner’s 25th birthday. Written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren, its huge chart success broadened Grand Funk’s appeal. It was sung by Brewer rather than Farner, who usually took lead vocals. Brewer’s lyrics are somewhat autobiographical, detailing the band’s... Read more
FLASHBACK: Black Oak Arkansas Cracks Billboard Hot 100 With “Jim Dandy”
Released September 23 1973, “High on the Hog” was the most commercially successful album by Black Oak Arkansas. It is mainly known for its cover of the LaVern Baker song “Jim Dandy”, which reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Read more