Ozark Mountain Daredevils

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils (album)

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1971, Steve Cash, John Dillon, and some friends began playing together in Springfield, Missouri under the name “Family Tree”  They played for small groups of friends every Wednesday night at the new bijou theater in Springfield Missouri. After a performance in Kansas city, they were told the name family tree was taken…so, they held a band naming party. It was John Dillon who came up with the full name…”cosmic corn cob and his amazing Ozark mountain daredevils”. It was shortened because none of the members wanted to become known as cosmic corn cob.  They also dropped the “amazing” to avoid confusion with the amazing rhythm aces. The first album, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, introduced the band’s unique sound and delivered them a hit song “If You Wanna Get to Heaven”.  During the recording of their second Album, It’ll Shine When in Shines , Larry Lee was sitting at a piano playing and singing a song about a friend of his who sometimes dealt drugs on the side. Producer Glyn Johns overheard it and thought it could be a hit if the lyrics were altered to be about a girl.  Lee and Steve Cash did as they were asked and the song, Jackie Blue, became the Daredevil’s signature song.

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