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Bartlett was formerly lead guitarist for bubblegum group the Lemon Piperswhile Blauvelt played with Billy Joel in several bands: the Echoes also renamed the Lost Souls and then the Commandosthe Hassles and El Primo. The band was originally known as 'Creekside Killshack'. Bill Bartlett went on from the Lemon Pipers to form a group called Starstruck.
While in Starstruck, Bartlett took Lead Belly 's 59 second long " Black Betty " and arranged, recorded and released it on the group's own TruckStar label. They re-released the song, and it became a hit nationally. The Ram Jam "recording" was actually the same one originally recorded by Starstruck, the band at Ram House Jam - Various - Hot Dance time composed of Bartlett lead guitar and vocalsTom Kurtz rhythm guitar and vocalsDavid Goldflies bassand David Fleeman drums. The rest of the tracks on the first studio album containing "Black Betty" were played by the Ram Jam lineup.
The boycott failed, however, and "Black Betty" reached number 18 on the singles chart in in the U. Top It was also a hit in the Netherlandsreaching number 4. This is followed by all ten titles from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram. The titles from Linda Valenti - Without You of the Artist as a Young Ram are slightly re-ordered. Bill Bartlett still plays guitar, but in the early s transformed himself into a boogie-woogie piano player.
He also plays banjoharmonicaslide guitarRam House Jam - Various - Hot Dance has written dozens of songs. Santoro still plays professionally in various bands in New York, and teaches music at an elementary school on Long Island. Scavone, who now resides in New Jersey, after many Ram House Jam - Various - Hot Dance detached from the music industry, recorded an album of 12 songs, both originals and cover versions with his former teenage garage rock band called the Doughboys.
It contains yet another re-make of "Black Betty" entitled "Black Betty '95", with a more dance-oriented style. InScavone was recruited to play harmonica, percussion and backing vocals with his longtime heroes, the Yardbirds.
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