Whats the genre of black betty?
70s progessive rock
There are many theories but I have heard that a "Black Betty" was a flint-lock musket with a black painted stock. In the song "bam-ba-lam" refers to the sound of the gunfire. And her child is kills she made. But Black Betty is an old African American slave song so who really knows. Other Theories Black Betty is a Black Chick... Black Betty is a VD... Black Betty is the stocks that misbehaving slaves where…
whoa, black betty (bam-A-lam) yeah, black betty (bam-A-lam) Black betty had a child (bam-A-lam) The damn thing gone wild (bam-A-lam) She's always ready (bam-A-lam) She's so rock steady (bam-A-lam) whoa, black betty (bam-BA-lam) whoa, black betty (bam-BA-lam) yeah, black betty (bam-BA-lam) She really gets me high (bam-BA-lam) You know that's no lie (bam-BA-lam) She's always ready (bam-BA-lam) She's so rock steady (bam-BA-lam) whoa, black betty (bam-BA-lam) yeah, black betty (bam-BA-lam)
From Manny Charlton's website (a founding member of Nazareth) he claims that they never recorded Black Betty. "Q - I found a song on the net today called "Black Betty" .Did you ever do that song? A - Lets put this one to rest for good Nazareth never ever did this song. It was written and performed by the band Ram Jam."
Ram Jam wrote Black Betty. Not Lynard Skynard. Ram Jam Did Not Write Black Betty...they just recorded. The Original was Lead Belly. He was a blues singer of the early 1900's & wrote & performed Black Betty in 1933. Ram Jam, Spiderbate and Tom Jones recorded the song. Tom Jones is the Only one giving credit to Lead Belly Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Discuss:Did_Lynyrd_Skynyrd_record_Black_Betty#ixzz1qgWj6s5h
black betty was originally written by a soul singer named muddy ledbeter in 1918 about a black cleaner. it was then covered by ram jam in the 60's and was almost banned as it was considered racist (which is ironic as it was written by a black man about a black woman) it was covered yet again by spiderbait around 2005-06
"Black Betty" was originally an old blues song by the famous blues vocalist Huddie Ledbetter ("Ledbelly"). The hit rock version by Ram Jam could refer to several things-- some sources claim it refers to Black Tar Heroin, but others note the sexual references in the song; there is evidence that Black Betty could refer to a black woman, who even though she was unfaithful, is still someone the singer desires.