- I'm a Man (Bo Diddley song)
Name = I'm a Man
Cover size =
from Album =
A-side = "Bo Diddley"
Released = March 1955
Length = 2:27
Chart position =
Last single = ---
This single = "Bo Diddley"
Next single = "
Misc = "I'm a Man" is a popular American song written and released by
Bo Diddleyin March 1955 on Checker Recordsas B-sideto his hit "Bo Diddley". The writing credit is under Diddley's name Ellas McDaniel). Based on Muddy Waters' 1951 bluessong "She Moves Me", Muddy Waters recorded a cover of "I'm a Man" in May 1955, retitled " Mannish Boy," a play on words on Bo Diddley's younger age as it related to the primary theme of the song.
Cover and derivative versions
The song has been covered often by blues and rock musicians, most famously by
The Yardbirds. It was released as single and later included on the 1965 US-compilation " Having a Rave Up". The Yardbirds' version (with "Still I'm Sad" as its B-side, released by Epic in the US) peaked at #17 on the American charts in late 1965. The Yardbird's version is also noted for the rhythm change, when the beat speeds up, featuring some unusual percussion making clacking sounds, until it ends in a climax. The Royal Guardsmenalso recorded the song, as well as Doug Sahm, who performed the song in a San Francisco nightclub, in the film "More American Graffiti". The Whorecorded the song for their debut album " My Generation" (1965). The Japanese psychedelic band The Beavers covered the song in the late 1960s, as did the Yellow Payges. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakerscovered this song throughout their 2006 North American "Highway Companion" Tour.
In the hit "
American Woman" by The Guess Who, singer Burton Cummingsspells out "American Woman" in a similar fashion to how Bo Diddley spells "Man". George Thorogood's well-known song " Bad to the Bone" (for which Diddley appeared in the music video) and AC/DC's " Whole Lotta Rosie" also borrow heavily from the guitar riff, vocal melody, and overall structure of "I'm a Man".
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