Hey! Bo Diddley

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"Hey! Bo Diddley"
Single by Bo Diddley
from the album Bo Diddley
B-side "Mona"
Released April 1957 (1957-04)[1]
Format 7" 45 RPM, 10" 78 RPM
Recorded February 8, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois[2]
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:17
Label Checker 860
Writer(s) Ellas McDaniel
Producer(s) Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Bo Diddley[2]
Bo Diddley singles chronology
"Cops & Robbers"
(July 1957)
"Hey! Bo Diddley"
(October 1957)
"Say, Boss Man"
(February 1958)

"Hey! Bo Diddley" is Bo Diddley's eighth Checker Records single (not to be confused with the song "Bo Diddley" released as a single in April 1955 by Checker Records).[1] The single's b-side was "Mona" (sometimes known as "I Need You Baby").

Recording[edit]

"Hey! Bo Diddley" was recorded in Chicago, Illinois on February 8, 1957 – the same day as "Mona". The song was produced by Diddley with Leonard and Phil Chess, and backing Diddley (vocals, guitar) were Jerome Green (maracas), and either Frank Kirkland or Clifton James (drums). The backing vocals on the song were Peggy Jones and the Flamingos.[2]

Rhythm[edit]

Like many of Bo Diddley's songs (e.g. "Bo Diddley", "Gunslinger, and "Pretty Thing") "Hey! Bo Diddley" features a Bo Diddley beat.[3]

Live versions[edit]

The song was recorded either July 5 or 6 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and released on the 1964 live album, Bo Diddley's Beach Party with the Dutchess. The song was performed live with Ronnie Wood on Live at the Ritz in 1988.

Cover versions[edit]

"Hey! Bo Diddley" was covered by Bill Black, John P. Hammond, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Hawkins, the Grateful Dead on Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72, and The Temptations.

Album releases[edit]

In 1962 Chess Records released a 12" L.P. titled Hey! Bo Diddley.[4] In November 1963 Pye International Records released a 7" EP titled Hey! Bo Diddley.[5] In 1996 Beat Goes On released a compilation CD called Hey! Bo Diddley/Bo Diddley with "Hey! Bo Diddley" as the first track.[6] The song was also released on several greatest hits albums including 16 All-Time Greatest Hits and His Best".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Review Spotlight on R&B Records". Billboard: 58. April 6, 1957. Retrieved December 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c His Best (CD liner). Bo Diddley. United States: Chess Records/MCA Records. 1997. CHD-9373 http://aln3.albumlinernotes.com/Bo_Diddley_His_Best.html |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ Hey! Bo Diddley at AllMusic
  4. ^ Hey! Bo Diddley at AllMusic
  5. ^ Strong, Charles (2002) [Originally published in 1994]. The Great Rock Discography (Sixth ed.). United Kingdom: Canongate Books. p. 371. ISBN 1-84195-312-1. 
  6. ^ Hey! Bo Diddley at AllMusic