Ask AP: Black Oak Arkansas

Celebrity Q&A
on March 24, 2011

Back in the 1970s, I loved the band Black Oak Arkansas. Are they still around?
—Sam Schneider, Hopkinsville, Ky.

The Southern rockers were in peak form in 1974, when they hit the Top 40 with a  remake of the ’50s tune “Jim Dandy”—appropriately enough for a band whose stage-strutting lead singer was known by that very name. Jim “Dandy” Mangrum, now 63, continues to perform with a Black Oak Arkansas lineup that includes one other original member, guitarist Rickie “Ricochet” Reynolds. When he’s off the road, Mangrum, who lives in Memphis, Tenn., loves spending downtime with his grandchildren. “They call me ‘Grand-dandy,’” he says proudly.

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