Road Runner (Bo Diddley song)
|Single by Bo Diddley|
|from the album Bo Diddley in the Spotlight|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Recorded||September 1959 in Chicago, Illinois|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Producer(s)||Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Bo Diddley|
|Bo Diddley singles chronology|
"Road Runner" is a 12-bar blues song written and performed by American rock and roll performer Bo Diddley, originally released as a single by Checker Records in January 1960, and later released on the LP record Bo Diddley in the Spotlight. The song reached #20 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart, and #75 on the Hot 100. The song has since been covered by many artists.
The beep-beep chorus of the song clearly references the Roadrunner animated character with its triumphant beep-beep.
Background and recording
The session(s) for "Road Runner" took place late September 1959 in Chicago, Illinois and backing Diddley (vocals, guitar) were Jerome Green (maracas, backing vocals), Clifton James (drums), guest pianist Otis Spann, Peggy Jones (guitar, backing vocals), and Bobby Baskerville (backing vocals).
Many British Invasion artists have covered "Road Runner". "Road Runner", as well as "Diddley Daddy", was recorded by The Rolling Stones during one of their first recording sessions at IBC Studios in London, England on March 11, 1963. Newcastle R&B group, The Animals, released the song on their UK release of Animal Tracks. Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders released their version of "Road Runner" as the B-side of "Hello Josephine". The Pretty Things released the song on their eponymous debut album. A medley of "Road Runner", "Join Together", and "My Generation Blues" was released by The Who on the soundtrack to The Kids Are Alright. The Zombies released a version on Begin Here. The Beatles played parts of the song during the concerts which were released as Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. The Clash were known to cover the song during their sound checks on the London Calling tour, on which Bo Diddely also headlined.
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