Huddie "Lead Belly" Leadbetter is often credited with composing "Black Betty" but it may have been simply adapted by him from a traditional work song. The moniker "Black Betty" often referred to a musket, police wagon or whiskey bottle,

From the self titled 1977 album "Ram Jam" (former lead guitar for the Lemon Pipers Bill Bartlett, Pete Charles, Howie Blauvelt and lead singer Myke Scavone) comes this cover that peaked at number eighteen on Billboard.