Black Slacks

Lyrics: Joe Bennett, Jimmy Denton
Music: Joe Bennett, Jimmy Denton

Played by Joe Bennett with the Mickey Hart Band in May 2013. The following account is from Mickey Hart's website:

Spartanburg native and original Sparkletones front man Joe Bennett has been battling some life-threatening health problems in the past year.

Bennett’s ailments include Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s-related dementia stemming from his exposure to Agent Orange while serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and he and his family have been trying to secure full Veterans Administration benefits to help cover the costs of his medical treatment.

Through all of his struggles, however, Bennett has not lost his love for music. And that passion led to the immensely skilled guitarist and highly respected music educator getting to reunite last week with a buddy from his military days.

Bennett caught up with Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead fame when the legendary percussionist performed last Wednesday at the Halton Theater in Charlotte, N.C.

During the mid-1960s, then-Air Force servicemen Bennett and Hart played together in a band called Joe and the Jaguars.

Bennett took part in what was presumably one of the highlights of the Mickey Hart Band’s concert last week in Charlotte, joining the group on guitar for a rendition of the Sparkletones’ 1957 rockabilly hit, “Black Slacks.”

“Mickey Hart is my best and dearest friend,” Bennett said in an e-mail. “We’ve been friends for about 46 years. It was an honor to be a guest on the Mickey Hart show in the beautiful Halton Theater and perform ‘Black Slacks’ with the great Mickey Hart and his phenomenal band.
Lyrics:
Black slacks
Black slacks
Black slacks
Black slacks
Black slacks make a cool daddy-o
When I put 'em on I'm raring to go

When I go places I just don't care
You'd know why if you'd see what I wear
Black slacks pegged fourteen
Black slacks, really are keen
Black slacks make a cool daddy-o
When I put them on I'm raring to go

Man you ought to see me with my derby on
I know that you would say, he's gone
Black slacks, mostly in the head
Black slacks, well that's what I said
Black slacks, I'm the cat's pajamas
'Cause I run around with crazy little mamas

The girls all look when I go by
It's what I wear that makes them sigh
Black slacks, I wear a red bow-tie
Black slacks, they say, me oh my
Black slacks, with a cat-chain down to my knees
I ain't nothin' but a real cool breeze

Black slacks
Black slacks
Black slacks
Black slacks
Black slacks make a cool daddy-o
When I put 'em on I'm raring to go
When I put 'em on I'm raring to go
When I put 'em on I'm raring to go

Black slacks
Black slacks
Black slacks
Black slacks
[etc]

 


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