Bo's Blues Bo Diddley


Rhythm & Blues
Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCH 396

These days Bo Diddley's credentials are as a black rock'n'roller but his great Checker catalogue tells his real story - as one of the great blues and R&B figures of the post-war era. On The Blues Side assembles twenty-two diamond-hard blues offerings recorded for Checker between the years 1959 and 67, featuring the likes of bassist Willie Dixon, harmonica blowers Billy Boy Arnold and Lester Davenport, pianists Lafayette Leake and Otis Spann and of course, the maraca man Jerome Green (immortalised here on Bring It To Jerome). Doo wop legends The Moonglows "doo-waaah" on 1955's Diddy Wah Diddy. Also here is 1956's Who Do You Love, in which a vicious R&B beat meets surrealist lyric ("I travel forty-seven miles of barbed wire/use a cobra snake for a neck-tie"). The song became a rock standard - Ronnie Hawkins and The Band rocked out the number in true Bo style for the Band's The Last Waltz movie and it became a UK hit for Juicy Lucy on Vertigo in 1970.


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