Rickie Lee Reynolds Wiki – Rickie Lee Reynolds Biography
Rickie Lee Reynolds was a Black Oak Arkansas’s longtime string strummer who has died, TMZ reported. RLR’s son tells, his dad passed away Sunday morning in a hospital, where he was battling long-term health complications, to which he succumbed. He adds that he hopes the public will hold Ricky’s memory, magic, and memories close to their hearts forever.
He was 72 years old.
Rickie Lee Reynolds Died
According to TMZ, Rickie Lee Reynolds, the longtime guitarist for BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, the southern hillbilly psycho-boogie band with over 50 years of history, has died. He was 72 years old.
Reynolds passed away Sunday morning (September 5) in a hospital, battling long-term health complications.
The Black Oak guitarist had been with the rock group since its inception in the 1960s when he got together with Ronnie Smith (OG vocals), Harvey Jett (guitar), Stanley Knight (guitar), Pat Daugherty (bass), and Wayne Evans (drums) … eventually replacing Ron with their famous frontman, James Mangrum … which stuck around for the long haul.
They found a lot of success in the ’70s when they cranked out hits such as “Uncle Lijiah,” “Lord Have Mercy on My Soul,” “When Electricity Came to Arkansas”, and more. That latter track ended up being controversial … apparently, fundamental Christians thought it contained hidden Satanic messages.
1973 was even better to them, as they released their fourth and fifth albums … which saw even more memorable tracks, like “Hot Rod,” “Up,” “Gigolo,” and perhaps their best-known ditty, “Jim Dandy (To the Rescue)” which was a remake of LaVern Baker’s ’57 song.
During this high point in their career, Reynolds was with the band but departed around 1976 while they finished out the ’70s. In the ’80s, though, RLR got back with the band … and they produced a few more records then, although James had stepped away briefly then.