Saturday, April 16, 2011

Black Betty


Black Betty is a really old song, old than something I would usually post on here. The song has possible roots in a Civil War marching cadence from the 1860s about a rifle called Black Betty. The earliest recording of the song was in 1933 and has been covered many, many times since then. Its also a great driving song. The most famous cover of it would probably be Ram Jam's cover from 1977, though I'll put up some other ones as well such as Spiderbait and Ministry's covers of it.



One of the earliest recordings of the song, from the 1940s,
 by Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter

Ram Jam's version from 1977

Spiderbait's version from 2004

Ministry's version from their 2008 album Cover Up

16 comments:

  1. crazy, didnt know it was that old.

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  2. Wow, its always so interesting to find out the origins of popular songs.

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  3. Only have heard that Ram Jam version. Good song anyway.

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  4. Didn't realise it was so old, love Spiderbait's cover :D

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  5. I prefer Ram Jam's version. There is an ad on TV with this song in (at least in Europe)

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  6. Love it! great beat reminds me a little of the eye of the tiger in the beginning...

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  7. Tuuune. This was on a racing game I had a while ago.

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  8. would love to have that car :)

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  9. I didn't realise it was so old either, I've heard it before

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  10. Just listened to every version... Already own Ram Jam's version, and they gave the song everything. The first version sounded like a test, and then Ram Jam made it sexy. After that, it just got more and more bastardised, and Black Betty's child seemed to be Satan.

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  11. Ho ho black betty AMBERLAMPS :p

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