One of LaVern Baker's most beloved hits, "Jim Dandy" is also one of the great pure rock and roll records of the '50s. It's kind of quirky in a way that rock and roll songs were still allowed to be in 1955, when this song was recorded. (It was pulled out of the Atlantic vaults in December 1956 as the flipside to "Tra La La," making this one of the first occasions when deejays flipped the disc to make the b-side the smash.) There's no audible bass on the song except for some perky doo-wop-style "bomp-ba-ba" in the male vocal quartet that's backing Baker, and by far the loudest instrument in the entire mix is an in-your-face snare drum kicking the backbeat on every bar, giving the song both an irresistible urgency and an oddly modern sound. Baker's vocals, especially the wild-eyed "Go, Jim Dandy!" that punctuates every verse, are the strongest and most assertive of her career, making "Jim Dandy" her signature song.