Go Bo Diddley

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Go Bo Diddley
Studio album by Bo Diddley
Released July 1959 (1959-07)[1]
Recorded March 2, 1955 – September 1958 in Chicago, Illinois[2][3]
Genre Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Length 30:57
Label Checker
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley chronology
Bo Diddley
Go Bo Diddley
Have Guitar Will Travel
Singles from Go Bo Diddley
  1. "I'm Sorry"
    Released: February 1959 (1959-02)[4]
  2. "Crackin' Up"
    Released: May 1959 (1959-05)[5]
  3. "Say Man"
    Released: August 1959 (1959-08)[6]

Go Bo Diddley is the second studio album by rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley released in July 1959.[1] The album was Bo's first studio album and his first LP for Checker Records. The album was ranked #214 on The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.[7]


The b-side to the single "Hush Your Mouth", "Dearest Darling" was released June 1958 and also released on Bo Diddley's self-titled debut album. Bo's next single "Willie and Lillie" was released in November 1958 and then released on this album. Bo's next single "I'm Sorry"/"Oh Yea" was released in February 1959[4] and reached #17 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart.[8] The next single "Crackin' Up" b/w "The Great Grandfather" was released in May.[5] Go Bo Diddley was released two months later in July.[1] In November 1959 Bo released his most popular single "Say Man"/"The Clock Strikes Twelve" which became a crossover hit making #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The rest of the songs on the album were album-only tracks, including "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)" which Little Walter retitled as "Roller Coaster" and released as a single,[9] and is featured on the Bo Diddley compilation album His Best even though it is an album track not a single.


The original recordings in mono format where recorded with an Ampex-350 tape recorder.[10] The songs "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care"[2] and "Little Girl" were from Bo's first session for Chess Records on March 2, 1955.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Ellas McDaniel, with "I'm Sorry" made in collaboration with Alan Freed and Harvey Fuqua.[10]

Side one
  1. "Crackin' Up" – 2:41
  2. "I'm Sorry" – 2:30
  3. "Bo's Guitar" – 2:38
  4. "Willie and Lillie" – 2:34
  5. "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)" – 2:36
  6. "Say Man" – 2:30
Side two
  1. "The Great Grandfather" – 2:40
  2. "Oh Yea" – 2:30
  3. "Don't Let It Go" – 2:36
  4. "Little Girl" – 2:35
  5. "Dearest Darling" – 2:32
  6. "The Clock Strikes Twelve" – 2:35


Per liner notes[2][3]

Cover versions[edit]

The song "Little Girl" was covered by British R&B group The Yardbirds on their album Five Live Yardbirds and was the first of three Bo Diddley songs released on the album. The Gants released "Crackin' Up" as a single in 1966. Corey Harris recorded a version of the song "Crackin' Up" on A Tribute to Bo Diddley. The song was also covered by Paul McCartney on Снова в СССР, and was also covered by The Rolling Stones.


Year Single Position
Billboard R&B Singles[11] Billboard Hot 100[11]
1959 "Crackin' Up" #14 #62
1959 "I'm Sorry" #17 -
1959 "Say Man" #3 #20

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
united States July 1959 Checker Records LP LP-1436
United Kingdom 1959 London Records LP HA-M 2230
United States August 27, 1966 Checker Records Stereo-Pak 21-382A
United States 1967 Checker Records LP LP-3006
United States 1984 Chess Records LP CH-9196


  1. ^ a b c "Overview: Go Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c His Best (CD liner). Bo Diddley. United States: Chess/MCA Records. 1997. CHD-9373. 
  3. ^ a b c I'm a Man: The Chess Masters, 1955–1958 (CD liner). Bo Diddley. United States: Hip-O Select. 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Strong, Charles (2002) [Originally published in 1994]. The Great Rock Discography (Sixth ed.). United Kingdom: Canongate Books. p. 371. ISBN 1-84195-312-1. 
  5. ^ a b "Reviews of New Pop Records". Billboard: 63. August 24, 1959. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Reviews of This Week's Singles". Billboard: 45. August 24, 1959. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ "500 Greatest Albums: Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Bo Diddley - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ Glover, Tony; Scott Dirks; Ward Gaines (2002). Blues with a feeling: the Little Walter story. Routledge. pp. 147–48. ISBN 978-0-415-93711-5. 
  10. ^ a b Go Bo Diddley LP 1436 Sleeve Notes
  11. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p57518