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Jim "Dandy" Mangrum

Singer

Jim "Dandy" Mangrum James Mangrum, better known as Jim "Dandy" Mangrum (born March 30, 1948), 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. His stage persona is credited as having been a major influence on Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth. Mangrum was born in the town of Black Oak, Arkansas, which is how his group eventually derived their name. He was raised a Southern Baptist. In September 1965 while in high school, he formed a band which he named The Knowbody Else. 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. 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  ( Wikipedia article )

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Known as
James Mangrum,Jim \\"Dandy\\" Mangrum
Date of birth
1948-03-30
Place of birth
Black Oak
Profession
Singer

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