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William Tower : Thumbs up everytime this song comes on the radio and you crank it up instinctively.

PtolemyJones : Radar Love is the best driving song ever, but this is definitely top ten... maybe top five. LA Woman is also up there...

Maxwell Pollville : This band is much better than they got credit for.

JoseitoEdlVodao : Racist leftists never change. The more I get to know about them the more I despisetheir hypocrisy. The distance between theory and reality is so abysmal it's disgusting. Now, they have other PC things like trans to focus on.

Cynthia Nicola : Leadbelly got Black Betty from prison road crews in the south. It was sung to time the rhythm for breaking rock to gravel the road.

Josh Gellis : The Hell?! It's a fantastic, stunning and timeless HARD Rock song version that doesn't 'mock' the original, rather is some kind of Concorde style vs. the Wright Brothers plane original. lmao.

Siegfried Braun : ...pre-historic SJWs. Stupid then already!

guibox3 : By far he grooviest rock riff in history. It annoys the piss out of me that radio stations always cut out the upbeat guitar solo part. I mean...WHY?? They will play the last 16 choruses of 'Hey Jude', but they won't include that part of Black Betty? Same thing with the middle guitar part of 'Don't Fear the Reaper'. Stupid radio...

# Hashtag : The song Leadbelly got his version from was about a gun. "Black Betty" was a gun, hence Bam-a-lam.

velociraptor898 : One of the greatest rock song ever ...

coolal19 : SJW's.  Stupid then.  Stupid now.

Joalberto JPro : Fantastic tune. As hard hitting as ever and I don’t hear anything “ offensive “ in it other than the beating the drums are taking.

Justin : PC SJW culture ruins everything!

Richard Williams : Leadbelly didnt write the original, it goes way back

rula42 : That's Van Halen tapping style 01:58 - one year before VH debut album. Anyways....Steve Hackett did it on Musical Box 1971. Just sayin'

kirby march Barcena : Whoever wrote this originally really love rock music.

Larry Sizemore : The NAACP didn't want it released _because_ they knew a black man's estate would make money off of it. Funny how leftist groups are the real racists.

Dell Extron : This song is a jam.

kenneth tamburro : This is still one of my all time favorite rock songs ! It has everything a Rock song needs to rock out !

The Vacuum tube junky : Bill Bartlett was the lead guitarist for the band The Lemon Pipers in 67/68'

TowManDave00 : I played the shit out of this song in the early 80's

fridgemagnet : spiderbait do a killer cover of this track

Offramp Tavanipupu : Bring it! Bring the amberlamps!

Grumpy468 : Yep Black people causing shit where they dont need too , and the music industry screwing a black man out of song writing credits. This is why i hate people.

oåooåo ipip : Ram jam ma goo jam. That's vietnamese.

Ryan Alexander Bloom : A kid tried to tell me this wasn’t a double bass song. Uh, dude, did you watch the video? Of course he didn’t. But then he tried to tell me he could do it with one foot anyway. Uh, dude, you’re leaving out a whole bunch of notes. No you can’t. This song has a cool drum part, try actually learning it if you want to cover it.

David Wicks : Song Originally was a what was known about a Belt that the Bosses would use, to torment the Workers in the work camp.

DigiPal : "best driving song ever made"... No... "Radar Love" is the one, the lyrics themselves are about someone driving, and the music is just perfect.

seattwa : Silly!!?? What kind of an idiot would call this great rockin tune silly!!

Ron Skotnicki : umm, this song was originally sung in 1939

john reynolds : black betty was the lemon pipers of green tambourine fame . there management changed there name when they released black betty .also stole all there royalties . no one knew who they were.still a big hit. bartlett was a mail man in cincinnati last i heard.excellent band.when i hear there songs being played as elevator music i think someone is still making money off them.

Shawn FitzGerald : Did not know all of that. Thanks!

TheBassmon : None of these guys played on this song!!! This was Starstruck from Cincinnati with Bill Bartlett and he is the only one in this video that plays on this record. Look it up!

Jeannie InaBottle : It’s also the best song to run/jog to :)

Robert M : It was a segregated prison work song. Leading those song was Lead Belly's job in prison. I was hoping they would talk about why they used a disco beat.

Harvey Wellington : Stupid song lol

newvillagefilms : Oh the loads of influence of Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter.

High On Summer : This song is perfect

E Vasquez : Oooooo Black Betty... bam ba lam she really love my jam..jam ba lam really makes me shoot my jam! lmmfao...viva la betty!

Mike n Deb G : Cool vid. Thanks. I've loved this song since it first came out. I always thought the band was super tight.

Mike Yerke : ...also amberlamps. 🚑

XavierKatzone : Great story!

Batphink Reynolds : Awesome song.SHAME Dave Bartlett the original singer of the song vanished? It appears he must have hated the manipulative sleazy music business as I myself do.Good Luck Dave and what's left of Ram Jam.

capitan von chicken pants : I'll never forget the first Time I heard the intro oh that guitar sound.........been playing the guitar ever since

StocktonNative 209 : Compared to the Cars, I can see how this song was very baffooshis.

Monica Jones : I love this song. I'm black and this was my go-go dance song in 80s. Awesome.

joedell71 : Dat VHT pitbull amp doe 😍😍😍

Ranger Hawke : Everytime I hear this song I instantly go 10 over the speed limit.

im annonymous : Whoa....so rock steady.... Hell ya man

Robbob9933 : I like the Meatloaf version just a tad better.  The slight distortion on the mic tips the scale.