August 31 — JIM DANDY, LaVern Baker (1956)

E93F18F2-E56D-4662-B178-ED36647542D6I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought this song originated with Black Oak Arkansas’ hillbilly-cartoon version in 1973. So it was a pleasant surprise a couple of nights ago — while searching for the top 100 pop hits of 1957 (a worthwhile endeavor, I might add) — that it actually started with a brassy African-American singer in the mid ’50s. Tough to pick which version I prefer.



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