In a previous article I compared Stevie Nicks to Annie Haslam, and this time I look at two unique singers that are almost alike in appearance and movement. Big Jim “Dandy” Mangrum was the lead singer of the early 1970’s Southern Rock band Black Oak Arkansas and David Lee Roth was of course the lead singer of the band Van Halen, but the connection between those two does not end there. Black Oak Arkansas released their first album in 1970 and by 1975 were a major act in North America, while David Lee Roth and Van Halen were just getting started in 1975, which is why many people, including myself feel that David Lee Roth is just an extension of Big Jim Dandy.
Jim Dandy is noted for his raspy voice, long hair, and wild, stage antics which sometimes included miming sex with a washboard which he often uses to accompany his singing, and is credited with being a major influence on David Lee, which he does not deny. Both singers tended to use the entire stage as a platform and were not afraid to be a little outlandish and sexually provocative David lee may have been the more successful of the two but Jim Dandy was first and of that there can be no denying.
The First two pictures show them in their prime.
The next two Pictures are the way they look now.
Even as they age they seem to still look a little alike. As for Black Oak Arkansas, I will be doing an entire story on them in the future.
Here is Black Oak Arkansas performing their song “Hot and Nasty” and Van Halen performing “Jump”. You compare and let me know.