- Bo Diddley (song)
Name = Bo Diddley
Cover size =
Caption = Single reissue with picture sleeve, Chess Records
from Album =
B-side = "I'm a Man"
Released = March 1955
Rhythm and blues
Length = 2:27
Last single =
This single = "Bo Diddley"
Next single = "
Misc = "Bo Diddley" is a
rhythm and bluessong first recorded and sung by Bo Diddleyat the Universal Recording Studio in Chicagoand released on the Chess Recordssubsidiary, Checker Recordsin 1955. It became an immediate hit single that stayed on the R&B charts for a total of 18 weeks, seven more weeks than its flipside (the B-side, "I'm a Man"). It was the first recording to introduce African rhythms into rock and rolldirectly by using the patted juba beat. It was Bo Diddley's first recording and his first hit single.cite book
last=Dawson, Jim and Propes, Steve
title= What Was the First Rock'n'Roll Record
publisher= Faber & Faber
location= Boston & London
pages= p. 177-181
id=ISBN 0-571-12939-0 ] It is #62 on
Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. [cite web|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/11028260/the_rs_500_greatest_songs_of_all_time/1|title=The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time|publisher=RollingStone.com|accessdate=2007-06-02]
The song is rhythmically similar to
hambone, a technique of dancing and slapping various parts of the body to create a rhythm and song. It is lyrically similar to the traditional lullaby" Hush Little Baby". When Bo Diddley started playing with it, his electric guitaramplified the patted juba with his backup musicians on maracas and drums unifying the rhythm. This combination of rock and roll, African rhythms and sactified guitar chord shouts was a true innovation.cite book
last=Erlewine, Bogdanov, Woodstra (Eds)
title= All Music Guide to Rock
publisher= Miller Freeman Books
pages= p. 244
id= ISBN 0-87939-736-x]
He first titled his version "Uncle John" but before he recorded it, he changed the title to his own nick name Bo Diddly, with an "e" added to the song's title and his professional name by one of the Chess brothers.
This first single was called a "double-sided monster" by All-Music Guide reviewer Richie Unterberger.cite web
accessdate=2006-11-13 ] "Bo Diddley" was infused with waves of tremolo guitar, set to a children's chant. "I'm a Man" was a bump-and-grind shuffle, with a powerful blues riff woven throughout. The outcome was a new kind of guitar-based, blues and R&B drenched, rock and roll.
The song was covered by
Buddy Hollyand became a posthumous hit for him, reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chartin 1963. The song was also performed by Bob Segerand is on his 1976 live album, Live Bullet. An energetic version by Janis Joplinis available on the 1999 box set Box of Pearls.
In Popular Culture
*The song is used during a musical interlude in "Fritz the Cat".
*The song can be heard playing during a party in the film "
* [http://www.rockhall.com/hof/inductee.asp?id=88 Bo Diddley - Hall of Fame inductee]
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