On Jan. 22, 1977, “You Know Like I Know” by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #87. The song would only go to #74. It was the only single released from their fourth album, “Men from Earth” (which coincidentally peaked at #74 on the US album charts).
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils formed as a sextet in Springfield, Missouri in 1971. The founding members were John Dillon (vocals, guitar and fiddle), Steve Cash (vocals and harmonica), Larry Lee (drums), Mike Granda (bass), Randle Chowning (vocals and guitar) and Buddy Brayfield (keyboards).
The band was classified under the Southern rock and country rock label, and while they could rock, they could also go deep into Appalachian hill music and bluegrass. But the band’s harmonies were at times pure-pop goodness — sung beautifully sweet. Their ballads could soar with sonics and romance (“Colorado Song”). And occasionally they would include a song that revealed their quirky sense of humor (“Chicken Train” and “Time Warp” come immediately to mind).
Their demo tape caught the ear of A&M records, and the Daredevils were given a five-year, five-album contract. In 1973, their first LP was produced by Glyn Johns, the British producer who had been working with Eagles at the time. Johns has recorded with numerous artists (to name a few: Dylan, The Beatles, The Stones, The Clash, Linda Ronstadt, Midnight Oil …incidentally, Johns will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012).
“You Know Like I Know” was written by Larry Lee.
(I thank Music Mike for posting this song on YouTube, but feel free to skip his on-camera introduction by going 47 seconds into the clip).
From 1973, “Colorado Song” (written by Steve Cash and John Dillon)
From 1975’s Car Over the Lake: “Time Warp”