Australian singles chart:
Black Betty entered the Kent Music Report on 22 August 1977 and peaked at #3. The song was #27 on the Top 100 of 1978.
The song is on Ram Jam which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 12 December 1977 and peaked at #16.
Traditional, Huddie Ledbetter
Jerry Kasenetz, Jeffry Katz
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 claim it is one of Lead Belly’s many adaptations of earlier folk material.
While in the band Starstruck, Bill Bartlett took Lead Belly’s 59-second long Black Betty and arranged, recorded and released it on the group’s own TruckStar label. Producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffry Katz formed a group around Bartlett called Ram Jam. They re-released the song, and it became a hit.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Betty
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