Original Song: LaVern Baker "Jim Dandy" (1957)


Hard Chicago R&B from the second solo woman to land in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, covered by three-guitar-and-a-washboard Southern metal disreputables who'd probably be turned away at the door—rednecks known for songs about hot 'n' nasty hot rods, and for Satanic backwards-masking on live LPs. But metal could sure get funky back then, and they loved this song so much the singer—Jim “Dandy” Mangrum—named himself after the title. Helped that he had a Joplinesque mama named Ruby Starr to call out his name.