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Bo Diddley

He may not have invented the shave-and-a-haircut rhythm synonymous with his name. But Bo Diddley and his beat were a primary factor in the development of rock 'n' roll. Bo’s seminal recordings for Chicago’s Checker Records came rooted in blues and slathered in savage tremolo-enriched guitar, reverberating with a tribal thunder harking back to African tradition.

 

"I had no influences when I first started," claimed the late Diddley. "I didn’t have nobody to copy after, because I couldn’t play blues, and I could not play like Muddy Waters. I wanted to, but I just couldn’t. I was cut out to be what I am."

 

He was born Ellas Bates on December 30, 1928 in McComb, Mississippi. "Chicago is like home to me," he said. "I don’t know too much about Mississippi." Young Ellas was reared by his mother’s first cousin Gussie McDaniel, accounting for his commonly cited surname. In 1934, they headed for Chicago’s South Side. When he was 12, his sister bought him a guitar for Christmas, and his future was assured.

 

Ellas formed his first band, the Hipsters, in 1946. "I used to play on the street corners," he said. "We had a washtub and a guitar, and I was the dude with the guitar. I had a fellow named Roosevelt Jackson that played the washtub."  They soon added guitarist Jody Williams. "We all kind of grew up together," said Bo. "I was a little bit older than all the rest of ‘em." Harpist Billy Boy Arnold joined the group in 1951. "I met Bo Diddley when I was 15 years old," says Arnold. "We were playing together on the street corners." Maracas shaker Jerome Green came in along the way. In early 1955, the guitarist worked up two songs to serve as a demo. "Bo had a home recorder, and we made a little dub," says Arnold. "We wound up at Chess, and Chess was where it happened." 

"I just walked in there one day, man, and just asked ‘em if they was makin’ records," said Bo. "They told me, ‘Yeah, what did I want?’ I said I wanted to make a record. So they made one on me." Phil Chess was so impressed that he asked Bo back the next day to audition for brother Leonard. "He had this particular style of his own," said the late Willie Dixon. "A new style was a great thing. We was often wondering whether it would go over or not. But he had that thing ‘I’m A Man.’"

 "About three or four days later," says Arnold, "we were in Universal Studios recording the smash hit ‘Bo Diddley’ and ‘I’m A Man.’" That was on March 2, 1955. Bo, Billy Boy, and Jerome were joined by drummer Clifton James and bassist Dixon. Bo had reworked his ribald Uncle John into Bo Diddley, which would prove an R&B chart-topper. The swaggering blues flip I’m A Man was a hit in its own right.

 

"Muddy was the basic foundation for that song," Bo admitted. "It was actually saying something back, you dig?"

"We thought the record was going to come out as Ellas McDaniel & the Hipsters, ‘cause that was our name," says Arnold. "When the record came out two weeks later, I was surprised. It was ‘Bo Diddley’ by Bo Diddley." It’s a safe bet that Bo’s dangerous Africanized beat would have never passed muster with a major label, at least in the pure, raw form it appears in here; it took visionaries like the Chess brothers to recognize his genius. Muddy took immediate notice, cooking up Manish Boy and enjoying his own Chess hit. "Bo Diddley, he was tracking me down with my beat when he made ‘I’m A Man.’ That’s from ‘Hoochie Coochie Man.’ Then I got on it with ‘Manish Boy’ and just drove him out of my way," said Muddy. With Eric Clapton on guitar, The Yardbirds cut a driving ‘64 version.

Though Billy Boy claims Diddley’s stage moniker stemmed from a comic they saw at the Indiana Theater, Bo explained its murky origins this way: "Ellas McDaniel is not commercial. But somebody named Bo Diddley—everybody says, ‘What? Who in the heck would be named that?’ But the kids named me that when I was going to grammar school here. Don’t ask me what it means, ‘cause I don’t know!" 

 Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Bo Diddley: Rides Again - In The Spotlight (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO424
 

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(BGO Records) 24 tracks - Two original albums from 1963 and 1964 on one CD!

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Bo Diddley: I'm a Man - Live '84
Art-Nr.: LPCLE8837
 

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(2012/Cleopatra) 8 tracks, (LTD Edition Picture Disc)

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Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry: Rock & Roll All Star Jam (25.10.1985)
Art-Nr.: CDPEC2042
 

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(2008/ZYX) 9 tracks, recorded live at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in California October 25th, 1985

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley Is A... Lover - 180 Gram Vinyl - Mono Edition
Art-Nr.: SLP5486
 

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(2015/Sundazed) 12 tracks. Delivering a devastating punch to rock’s early ‘60s doldrums, Bo Diddley Is a Lover bursts at the seams with Bo’s uncompromising, rockin’ beat. Yep. Industry and the government may have cleaned up fellow ’50s rockers like Chuck Berry,...

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley's Beach Party (1963) 180g Mono
Art-Nr.: SLP5444
 

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(2014/Sundazed) 10 tracks.

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Bo Diddley: Les Rois Du Rock - Digipack
Art-Nr.: CD9807819
 

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(2003/UNIVERSAL) 12 tracks - remastered

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley In The Spotlight (1960)...plus (Limited Edition 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LP771928
 

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(2014/Wax Time) 14 tracks, includes free mp3 download and bonustracks

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger (1961) Limited Edition (180g)
Art-Nr.: LP771938
 

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(2014/Wax Time) 14 tracks, includes free mp3 download and bonustracks

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Bo Diddley: Absolutely The Best Live (1985 CA)
Art-Nr.: CDFUEL61890
 

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- (2011/FUEL) 12 tracks (55:36) recorded October 25, 1985 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, California.

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Bo Diddley: Live In Eighty-Five (25.10.1985 California)
Art-Nr.: CD250276
 

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(2010/BLUES BOULEVARD) 10 tracks - digipac

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Bo Diddley: Diddley, Bo Have Guitar Will Travel (1960)...plus 180g
Art-Nr.: LP771818
 

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(2012/WaxTime) 13 mastering titres-DMM.

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Bo Diddley: Ain't It Good To Be Free - Maxi Single (1984)
Art-Nr.: HOTO12004
 

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LP on VINYL RECORDS by Bo Diddley - Ain't It Good To Be Free - Maxi Single (1984)

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley's Beach Party (1963) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD1521402
 

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(2011/HIP-O) 10 tracks (33:16) recorded live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina July 5&6, 1963.

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger (1961) re-issue
Art-Nr.: CHECK2977
 

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LP on SCORPIO RECORDS by Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger (1961) re-issue

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Bo Diddley: Another Dimension (1971) - Stereo
Art-Nr.: CH50001
 

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LP on CHESS RECORDS by Bo Diddley - Another Dimension (1971) - Stereo

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Bo Diddley & Others: Is A Session Man - Studio Works 1955-57
Art-Nr.: CDJR01
 

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(2010/Jerome) 11 tracks (26:52) with 16 page booklet.

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Bo Diddley: Where It All Began (1972) - Stereo
Art-Nr.: CH50016
 

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LP on CHESS RECORDS by Bo Diddley - Where It All Began (1972) - Stereo

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley Is Loose
Art-Nr.: LPCHECKER8980
 

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(2011/CHECKER) 13 tracks - issued for the first time ever on LP, all recorded 1950s to 1964

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Bo Diddley: Essential
Art-Nr.: CD544348
 

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(2000/SPECTRUM) 20 Chess masters

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Bo Diddley: Hey Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
Art-Nr.: CDBGO287
 

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CD on BGO RECORDS by Bo Diddley - Hey Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley & Company...plus (1962) 180g Vinyl Limited Edition
Art-Nr.: LP771948
 

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(2014/Wax Time) 14 tracks. Includes free MP3 album download.

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley's A Twister
Art-Nr.: LP2011071
 

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(2014/Rumble Records) 14 tracks

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Bo Diddley: Have Guitar Will Travel - 180 Gram Vinyl - Mono Edition
Art-Nr.: SLP5485
 

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(2015/Sundazed) 11 tracks. Good Lord. Bo Diddley came out with all guns blazing on his floor-rattling romp from 1960, Have Guitar Will Travel. The LP would become a blueprint for SO much great rock ’n’ roll that followed: the Stones covered “Mona” in 1965, the...

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley (1957) 180g Vinyl
Art-Nr.: SLP5443
 

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(2014/Sundazed) 12 tracks

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Bo Diddley: Bo's Blues
Art-Nr.: CDCH396
 

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(1955-61 'Checker') (62:55/22) Für Bluesfans höchst interessant: Zusammenstellung der vom Rocker aufgenommenen Bluestitel / recommended for blues fans are these blues sides recorded by Diddley, the rocker.

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Bo Diddley: Have Guitar Will Tour (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD250254
 

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(2009/MUSIC AVENUE) CD-1: Bo Diddley & Mainsqueeze, recorded live during the 1983 tour of Europe (8 tracks 42:34) CD-2: Greatest Hits & Influential Songs (25 Chess tracks 69:02) with 12 page booklet.

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Bo Diddley: Spring Weekend 1959
Art-Nr.: CHECK1959
 

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Bo Diddley: Who May Your Lover Be b-w Give Me A Break 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP04002
 

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Checker #866! Hot stompin' instrumental. Wild and hard running guitar action! Excellent flip side.

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Bo Diddley: Road Runner Chess Masters (59-60)Limited Edit
Art-Nr.: CDHIP11076
 

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The majority of recordings on this beautifully edited compilation were previously unissued! Limited edition. Digipak.

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Bo Diddley & Others: Is A Session Man - Studioworks 1955-57
Art-Nr.: LPJR1
 

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(2010/JEROME) 11 tracks - Gatefold/Klappcover

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger...plus
Art-Nr.: CDCHESS1761
 

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(1960 'Chess') (38:56/15)

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Bo Diddley: Have Guitar Will Travel (1960) re-issue
Art-Nr.: CHECK2974
 

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Bo Diddley: Pretty Thing b-w Bring It To Jerome (Checker) 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP04040
 

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WINNER! Bo Diddley's third single release after 'Diddley Daddy' was written by bassist-songwriter Willie Dixon.

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Bo Diddley: The Singles Collection 1955-1962 (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNOT2LP180
 

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( 2013/Not Now Music) 30 tracks , 2- LP -1955-1962 - Bo Diddley 's own style of ' Bo Diddley beat' , had great influence on the world of pop and rock music. His first recordings in 1955 for the Checker label were...

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Bo Diddley: The Story Of - Very Best (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD9832296
 

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(2006/UNIVERSAL EU) 54 Chess master (mono/stereo) digital mastering - digipac with 16 page booklet - Highlight! new price

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Bo Diddley: Have Guitar, Will Travel - In The Spotlight
Art-Nr.: CD263405
 

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(2011/Hoodoo) 28 tracks

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Bo Diddley: Debut Album (1957) Limited Edition (180g)
Art-Nr.: LP771977
 

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(2014/Wax Time) 14 tracks, includes free mp3 download and bonustracks

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley
Art-Nr.: LP2011072
 

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(2014/Rumble Records) 13 tracks

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Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley Is An Outlaw
Art-Nr.: LPCHECKER8981
 

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(2011/CHECKER) 14 tracks - issued for the first time ever on LP, all 1950s to 1964 - top stuff!

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Bo Diddley: Diddley, Bo Bo Diddley (1958)
Art-Nr.: RUM2011016
 

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(2012/RUMBLE) 12 titres

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Bo Diddley: Big Bad Bo (1974)
Art-Nr.: MSM37189
 

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Bo Diddley: My White Horse - Deed I Do 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP04036
 

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Killer guitar rocker. First time on 45rpm!!! Nice flip too.

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Bo Diddley: Live 1984 - 180g Vinyl
Art-Nr.: LPCLP2861
 

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(2008/CLEOPATRA) 8 tracks - no data

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Bo Diddley: Who Do You Love - Mona 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP04050
 

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Classic BLUES BOPPERS!!!

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Bo Diddley: Down Home Special - Mumblin' Guitar 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP04051
 

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Fantastic BLUES BOPPER!

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Bo Diddley: I'm A Man - Singles 1955-59
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3010
 

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Bo Diddley - I'm A Man - Singles 1955-59

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