Bo Diddley (1958 album)

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Bo Diddley
Compilation album by Bo Diddley
Released 1958
Recorded March 2, 1955-January 29, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois
Genre Rock and roll
Length 28:59
Label Chess
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley chronology
Bo Diddley
Go Bo Diddley
(1959)Go Bo Diddley1959

Bo Diddley is a compilation album by American rock and roll musician Bo Diddley. It is a compilation of his singles since 1955. It collects several of his most influential and enduring songs. It was released on the Chess label in 1958.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic's Matthew Greenwald gave Bo Diddley four-and-a-half out of five stars and recommended it as one of the "few" essential albums for listeners who want to "play rock & roll, real rock & roll". Greenwald said that its 12 songs are exemplary of the Bo Diddley beat: "This is one of the greatest rock sounds that you're likely to hear, and it's all on this one record, too."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ellas McDaniel, except where noted.

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bo Diddley"   2:30
2. "I'm a Man"   2:41
3. "Bring It to Jerome" Jerome Green 2:37
4. "Before You Accuse Me"   2:40
5. "Hey! Bo Diddley"   2:17
6. "Dearest Darling"   2:32
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hush Your Mouth"   2:36
2. "Say, Boss Man"   2:18
3. "Diddley Daddy" Ellas McDaniel, Harvey Fuqua 2:11
4. "Diddy Wah Diddy" Ellas McDaniel, Willie Dixon 2:51
5. "Who Do You Love?"   2:18
6. "Pretty Thing" Willie Dixon 2:48


Per liner notes[2][3]


Year Single Position
Billboard R&B Singles[5] UK Top 40[6]
1955 "Bo Diddley/I'm a Man" #1 N/A
1956 "Pretty Thing" #4 #34
1956 "Diddley Daddy" #11 N/A


  1. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "Bo Diddley [1957] - Bo Diddley". Allmusic. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ His Best (CD liner). Bo Diddley. United States: Chess Records/MCA Records. 1997. CHD-9373 |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ I'm a Man: The Chess Masters, 1955-1958 (CD liner). Bo Diddley. United States: Hip-O Select. 2007. B0009231-02. 
  4. ^ Bo Diddley LP-1431 Front cover
  5. ^
  6. ^ Type in "Bo Diddley" under Name of Artist

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