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The members of Ram Jam were Bill Barlett (former lead guitarist of the Lemon Pipers), Pete Charles (drummer), Myke Scavone (lead singer), and Howie Arthur Blauvett, who sang with Billy Joel in two earlier groups (the Hassles and El Primo). Ram Jam's only hit, "Black Betty," created quite a stir when Epic Records released it. The recording session was the brainstorm of Barlett and bubblegum producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz. Two civil rights groups, the N.A.A.C.P. and C.O.R.E., called for a boycott of the song, claiming it insulted black women. Despite the controversy, it still reached the number 18 spot on Billboard's pop chart in September 1977. The Cincinnati band Starstruck had released a more driving, riveting version of "Black Betty" on the Truckstar label before Ram Jam's version. Starstruck's version received little airplay or recognition; ironically, future Ram Jam member Barlett had been a member of Starstruck when they recorded "Black Betty." In the early '90s the producers remixed "Black Betty" and got an international hit for their efforts. The band released two LPs: Ram Jam (1977) and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram (1978). Epic issued only three singles by the rockers. Blauvelt joined Spitball, a funky blues-type band, in the '90s, and performed with them until he died of a heart attack. Billy Joel often dedicates "We Didn't Start the Fire" to Blauvelt when he performs live. Barlett continued to play in the southwestern Ohio/eastern Indiana area. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Albums by
Ram Jam

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    The Very Best of Ram Jam

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    Golden Classics

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    Portrait of the Artist As a Young Ram


Top Songs by
Ram Jam

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Black Betty
  3.   404
  4.   Hey Boogie Woman
  5.   Overloaded
  6.   High Steppin'
  7.   The Kid Next Door
  8.   Runway Runaway
  9.   Just Like Me
  10.   Wanna Find Love
  11.   Too Bad on Your Birthday
  12.   All for the Love of Rock N' Roll
  13.   Please, Please, Please (Please Me)
  14.   Saturday Night
  15.   Pretty Poison
  16.   Right on the Money
  17.   Hurricane Ride
  18.   Gone Wild
  19.   Let It All Out
  20.   All for the Love of Rock 'N' Roll
  21.   Keep Your Hands on the Wheel
  22.   Turnpike
  23.   I Should Have Known
  24.   Black Betty 95'
  25.   Black Betty Album Version

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