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

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

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

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

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

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.

Leroy Brown : naacp is a joke. Just keeping blacks down on the plantation.

alex may : Rolling Stone the silliest magazine of 1978 etc etc etc.Great song still very popular

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...

terrypussypower : “Woah-oh African-American Betty, bam-a-lam, woah-oh African-American Betty, bam-a-lam”!...the PC version! Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?

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

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

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

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.

Justin : PC SJW culture ruins everything!

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

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

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.

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

Voice of REASON : Libs destroy every thing they touch. And the US just voted them into a house majority. LMFAO

fridgemagnet : spiderbait do a killer cover of this track

Sergio Scarponi : Good song. I like it. I dont need to politicize it.

G Perrin : I had NO IDEA that Ned Flanders wrote Black Betty...I'm Shook

Auntie Geigui : Whoa African-American Betty Bam ba lam Whoa African-American Betty Bam ba lam

Jon Trownson : I challenge anyone to walk down the street with this on headphones without syncing up your footsteps to the kick drum.

Offramp Tavanipupu : Bring it! Bring the amberlamps!

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'

Not Now : My cousin played this for me at a donut shop juke box in the late 70's. As a 8 year old kid I was SHOCKED at how heavy it was! So were the seniors trying to chow down on their crullers and coffee. :-)

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

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

addresses : I saw them live in the Fall of '77. Ram Jam opened, followed by Little River Band, and then the headliner Foreigner. All three bands were great.

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.

Jim Samaras : Great song that SJWs would never allow today...assholes

Dave Vowels : Up there with wang Chung tonight!!

Dell Extron : This song is a jam.

Gregory Todd Smith : I once read some history on slave songs that eluded to the "Black Betty" being a knotted or beaded cord whip. Used by a slave owner to punish. So Lead Belly didn't necessarily steal it. He carried it forward in interpretation. Maybe the song originated in the era of slavery and evolved. Certainly so in the Ram Jam interpretation.

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.

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

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.

Todd Mastrianna : Dafuq is silly about this song? It just rocks. Rolling Stone magazine is and has always has been run by a bunch of rock hating douchebags.

AbidesDudeThe : Such a great song. Sucks to see how many people get hosed in the music biz though.

Gothic'z House Of Kustom'z : how do u know the story behind Black Betty, were you there when Led Zeppen wrote it?????

Eggmanjames : it was actually from a black male texas prision in 1933


Dorf Googlesteen : So I'm not the only one that thinks that they f*** that black man out of money and at the same time claimed that the song was racist just needs to get around everywhere

Vandal Savage : Everytime I hear this song I instantly go 10 over the speed limit.

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

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

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.