Black Betty – Ram Jam (1977)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the single, Black Betty by Ram Jam. The record was released in 1977, on the Epic record label and has been reworked into a silhouette of a ram inspired by the male sheep on the bands debut album cover.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of the Ram Jam, American Rock, Sheep, Rams or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Black Betty
Media Artist/s: Ram Jam
Record Label: Epic
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Rock

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Ram Jam – The Artist

Ram Jam was an American rock band formed in New York City in 1977, predominantly known for their hit single “Black Betty”. The band consisted of Bill Bartlett (guitar and lead vocals), Howie Arthur Blauvelt (bass), Pete Charles (drums), and Myke Scavone (lead vocals).[3] Jimmy Santoro, who toured with the band in support of their debut album, joined on guitar for the follow-up album. Bartlett was formerly lead guitarist for bubblegum group the Lemon Pipers, while Blauvelt played with Billy Joel in several bands: the Echoes (also renamed the Lost Souls and then the Commandos), the Hassles and El Primo.[3] The band was originally known as ‘Creekside Killshack’.

Black Betty  – The Song

“Black Betty is a 20th-century African-American work song often credited to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter as the author, though the earliest recordings are not by him. Some sources say it is one of Lead Belly’s many adaptations of earlier folk material. This version of Black Betty was performed by American rock group Ram Jam it was credited to Huddie Ledbetter. The NAACP and Congress of Racial Equality called for a boycott due to the lyrics. The boycott failed, however, and “Black Betty” reached then charts and was popular in the US, Uk and Canada. The origin and meaning of the lyrics are subject to debate. Historically, the “Black Betty” of the title may refer to the nickname given to a number of objects: a bottle of whiskey, a whip, or a penitentiary transfer wagon. It is also widely known as a popular trucking or driving song and appears on many driving compilations.

The Ram – The Shape

This record has been cut into the shape of a ram or male sheep. Sheep or domestic sheep are a domesticated, ruminant mammal typically kept as livestock. Although the term sheep can apply to other species in the genus Ovis, in everyday usage it almost always refers to domesticated sheep. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates. Numbering a little over one billion, domestic sheep are also the most numerous species of sheep. An adult female is referred to as a ewe, an intact male as a ram, occasionally a tup, a castrated male as a wether, and a young sheep as a lamb..

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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