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10 interesting facts about the Ozark Mountain Daredevils you may not know!

Updated: Feb 6

  1. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils were formed in Springfield, Missouri in 1972, by a group of friends who played together in various bands.

  2. The band's original lineup included John Dillon, Michael Granda, Buddy Brayfield, Steve Cash, Randle Chowning, and Larry Lee.

  3. The band's name was inspired by the nickname given to residents of the Ozark Mountains region, who were known for their resourcefulness and independence.

  4. The name "Ozark Mountain Daredevils" is actually a shortened version of the name "Cosmic Corncob and His Amazing Ozark Mountain Daredevils"

  5. The band's breakthrough hit single, "If You Wanna Get to Heaven" was written by Steve Cash and John Dillon, and was sung by Randle Chowning, and released in 1974. The song reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  6. The album it'll "Shine When it Shines" was recorded on a farm, just outside of Bolivar, Missouri, with the help of a recording truck that was delivered from California.

  7. The band's third album, "The Car Over the Lake Album", was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, it was named after its cheerfully surreal cover illustration, which was borrowed from a poster advertising one of the band's college gigs. If you find this one on vinyl in the wild, make sure to check inside for the red 7" flexidisc!

  8. The band's 1975 hit single, "Jackie Blue," reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was written by Larry Lee and Steve Cash. The band has since re-recorded the song with female vocalist Molly Healy, who also hails from Springfield, MO. CLICK HERE to listen now!

  9. The band continued to tour and record throughout the 1970s and 1980s, but their popularity began to wane in the 1990s.

  10. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils were inducted into the Missouri Walk of Fame in 2008, and they continue to perform and record to this day.


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