Bo Diddley discography

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Bo Diddley discography
Studio albums 27
Live albums 6
Compilation albums 25
Singles 37
Appearances on singles 5
Appearances on albums 6

The discography of American rock and roll icon Bo Diddley includes 37 singles, 24 studio albums, 24 compilation albums, 6 live albums, and several EPs. He has also appeared on 5 singles and 6 albums.

Bo Diddley only had one Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and only one album charting on the Billboard 200,[2] but Bo has achieved worldwide fame and respect as a member of the founding of rock and roll and has had his songs covered by many diverse artists.

Singles[edit]

Year Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart positions Album
US Hot
[1]
US R&B
[1][3]
UK
[4]
1955 "Bo Diddley"
b/w "I'm a Man"
1 Bo Diddley (1958)
"Diddley Daddy"
b/w "She's Fine, She's Mine" (Non-album track)
11
"Pretty Thing"
b/w "Bring It to Jerome"
4 34
1956 "Diddy Wah Diddy"
b/w "I Am Looking for a Woman" (from Bo Diddley's a Twister)
"Who Do You Love?"
b/w "I'm Bad" (Non-album track)
"Cops and Robbers"
b/w "Down Home Special" (Non-album track)
Have Guitar, Will Travel
1957 "Hey! Bo Diddley"
b/w "Mona" (from Got My Own Bag of Tricks)
Bo Diddley (1958)
"Say! Boss Man"
b/w "Before You Accuse Me"
1958 "Hush Your Mouth"
b/w "Dearest Darling"
"Willie and Lillie"
b/w "Bo Meets the Monster" (Non-album track)
Go Bo Diddley
1959 "I'm Sorry"
b/w "Oh Yeah"
17
"Crackin' Up"
b/w "The Great Grandfather"
62 14
"Say Man"
b/w "The Clock Strikes Twelve"
20 3
"Say Man, Back Again"
b/w "She's Alright"
106 23 Have Guitar, Will Travel
1960 "Road Runner"
b/w "My Story" (Non-album track)
75 20 In the Spotlight
"Walkin' and Talkin'"/
"Crawdad" 111
"Gunslinger"
b/w "Signifying Blues" (from In the Spotlight)
Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger
1961 "Not Guilty"
b/w "Aztec"
Bo Diddley Is a...Lover
"Pills"
b/w "Call Me" (Non-album track)
The Originator
1962 "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover"
b/w "I Can Tell"
48 21 Bo Diddley (1962)
1963 "The Greatest Lover in the World"
b/w "Surfer's Love Call" (from Surfin' with Bo Diddley)
Non-album track
1964 "Memphis"
b/w "Monkey Diddle" (Non-album track)
Bo Diddley's Beach Party
"Jo-Ann"
b/w "Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut" (Non-album track)
The Originator
"Chuck's Beat" (with Chuck Berry)
b/w"Bo's Beat"
Two Great Guitars
1965 "Hey, Good Lookin'"
b/w "You Ain't Bad" (from The Originator)
39 Hey! Good Lookin'
"500% More Man"
b/w "Let the Kids Dance"
500% More Man
1966 "We're Gonna Get Married"
b/w "Do the Frog"
Non-album tracks
"Ooh Baby"
b/w "Back to School"
88 17
1967 "Wrecking My Love Life"
b/w "Boo-Ga-Loo Before You Go"
1968 "I'm High Again"
b/w "Another Sugar Daddy"
1969 "Bo Diddley 1969"
b/w "Soul Train"
1971 "The Shape I'm In"
b/w "Pollution"
Another Dimension
"I Said Shut Up Woman"
b/w "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know"
1972 "Infatuation"
b/w "Bo Diddley-Itis"
Where It All Began
"Bo-Jam"
b/w "Husband In Law"
The London Bo Diddley Sessions
1973 "Don't Want No Lyin' Woman"
b/w "Make A Hit Record"
1976 "Drag On"
b/w "Not Fade Away"
The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'N' Roll
1996 "Bo Diddley Is Crazy"
Also: "Can I Walk You Home"
"A Man Amongst Men"
CD Maxi-Single
A Man Amongst Men

"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Studio albums[edit]

All studio albums released as LPs, except which were released as cassettes and ^ which were CDs.

Title Release date Notes Label
Catalog No.
Bo Diddley 1958 Chess
LP-1431
Go Bo Diddley July 1959[5] Checker
LP-1436
Have Guitar Will Travel January 1960[6] named after Have Gun–Will Travel Checker
LP-2974
Bo Diddley in the Spotlight 1960 featuring "Road Runner" Checker
LP-2976-Tracklisting for "Spotlight"
 1.Roadrunner
 2.Story of Bo Diddlley
 3.Scuttle Bug
 4.Signifying Blues
 5.Let Me In
 6.Limber
 7.Love Me
 8.Crawdad
 9.Walkin' and Talkin'
10.Travelin' West
11.Deed and Deed I Do
12.Live My Life
Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger December 1960[7] #20 on the UK Albums Chart[8] Checker
LP-2977
Bo Diddley Is a Lover September 1961[9] Checker
LP-2980
Bo Diddley's a Twister March 1962[10] based on the twist craze Checker
LP-2982
Bo Diddley August 1962[11] #11 on the UK Albums Chart,[4] #117 on the Billboard 200[2] Checker
LP-2984
Bo Diddley & Company January 1963[12] first album with The Duchess Checker
LP-2985
Surfin' with Bo Diddley June 1963[13] Checker
LP-2987
Two Great Guitars August 1964[14] with Chuck Berry Checker
LP/S-2991
Hey! Good Lookin' 1965 Checker
LP-2992
500% More Man 1965 Checker
LP/S-2996
The Originator December 1966[15] Checker
LP/S-3001
Super Blues June 1967[16] with Muddy Waters and Little Walter Checker
LP/S-3008
The Super Super Blues Band February 1968[17] with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf Checker
LP/S-3010
The Black Gladiator July 1970[18] Checker
LPS-3013
Another Dimension May 1971[19] Chess
CH-50001
Where It All Began May 1972[20] Chess
CH-50016
The London Bo Diddley Sessions 1973 Chess
CH-50029
Big Bad Bo 1974 Chess
CH-50047
20th Anniversary of Rock & Roll 1976 RCA Victor
APL 1-1229
Ain't It Good To Be Free 1983 Limited release recorded in Hawthorne, Florida and first home studio album since Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger BoKay
069
Breakin' Through the B.S. ^ 1989 Home studio album recorded in Archer, Florida Triple X 51017
Living Legend 1989 Home studio album recorded in Archer, Florida New Rose
ROSE-118
This Should Not Be ^ 1992 Home studio album recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico Triple
X 51130
A Man Amongst Men ^ May 21, 1996 #8 on the Blues Albums chart[2] Atlantic
82896

Compilation albums[edit]

All compilation albums released as LPs, except which were released as cassettes and ^ which were CDs.

Title Release date Notes Label
Catalog No.
Hey! Bo Diddley April 16, 1963[21] released in the UK only Pye International
NPL 28025
Bo Diddley Rides Again 1963 UK release, #19 on UK Albums Chart[4] Pye International
NPL 28029
Bo Diddley's 16 All-Time Greatest Hits 1964 Checker
LP-2989
Got My Own Bag of Tricks 1971 Chess
2CH-60005
Chess Masters, Volume One 1982 Chess
4003
Chess Masters, Volume Two 1982 Chess
4009
His Greatest Sides, Volume One 1984 Chess
CH-9106
His Greatest Sides, Volume Two 1984 Chess
CH-9107
The Chess Box ^ 1990 Chess
CHD2-19502
Rare & Well Done ^ September 10, 1991[22] Chess
CHC/D-9331
Bo Knows Bo ^ 1995 Universal Special
20872
His Best ^ April 8, 1997[23] MCA/Chess
CHD-9373
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bo Diddley ^ January 25, 2000[24] MCA
MCAC/D-112163
Eddy Mitchell Presente Les Rois Du Rock – Bo Diddley ^ October 28, 2003[25] Universal International
980781
Classic Bo Diddley: The Universal Masters Collection ^ June 27, 2005[26] Universal Distribution
9954
The Story of Bo Diddley: The Very Best of Bo Diddley ^ 2006 Chess
CHD-9832296
The Definitive Collection ^ April 17, 2007[27] #2 on the Blues Albums chart[2] Geffen/Chess
B0008786
I'm a Man: The Chess Masters, 1955-1958 ^ September 2007 Hip-O
B0009231-02
Rock 'N' Roll Legends ^ February 18, 2008 Chess
5305167
Road Runner: The Chess Masters, 1959-1960 ^ June 20, 2008 Hip-O
B0011076-02
Gold ^ October 28, 2008 Geffen
B0011781-02
Ride On: The Chess Masters, 1960-1961 ^ July 21, 2009 Hip-O
B0012946-02

Live albums[edit]

All live albums released as LPs, except ^ which were CDs.

Title Release date Notes Label/Catalog No.
Bo Diddley's Beach Party December 1963[28] #13 on UK Albums Chart[4] Checker LP 2988
I'm a Man 1977 MF Productions 2002
Bo Diddley & Co. – Live 1985 New Rose FC-009
Hey... Bo Diddley: In Concert 1986 MF Productions
Live at the Ritz ^ 1988 with Ronnie Wood JVC
Live ^ February 1, 1994[29] Triple X 51162

Appearances on singles[edit]

Year Artist Title Details
1955 Little Walter and His Jukes "Roller Coaster" Composer/Guitarist
1955 Little Walter and His Jukes "Hate to See You Go" Guitarist
1956 Billy Stewart "Billy's Blues" Guitarist
1957 Billy Stewart "Baby, You're My Only Love" Guitarist
1959 The Marquees "Hey Little School Girl" Co-writer/Orchestra Director

Appearances on albums[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Record label
(Catalog No.)
Details
1972 Blues Rock Cookbook: Montreux Festival various Chess
2CH-60015
Performer on "Diddley Daddy", "I Hear You Knockin'", "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover", "Baby What You Want Me To Do", and "Early in the Morning".
1983 På Tur Vazelina Bilopphøggers Slagerfabrikken
SLP 99002
Appears as guitarist on "Hallingsprætten"
1987 La Bamba various Slash
1-25605
Performer on the re-recording of "Who Do You Love?"
1992 Chess Blues 1947-1967 various MCA/Chess
CHD4-9340
Appears as guitarist on "You Got To Love Me" by Billy Boy Arnold.
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 various Uptown/Universal
53116
Appears as a member of The Louisiana Gator Boys on "Turn on Your Love Light"
2003 Dick's Picks Volume 30 Grateful Dead Grateful Dead Appears with the Grateful Dead on "Hey! Bo Diddley", "I'm a Man", "I've Seen Them All", "Jam", and "Mona".
2005 BananAtomic Mass Munkeez Strikin Matchiz Munkadelic/ximentmix Appears as featured vocalist/guitarist on "Wreck It" with Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell and Chuck D, of Public Enemy
2009 The Complete Chess Masters: 1950–1967 Little Walter Hip-O Select
B0012636-02
Appears as a guitarist on the previously unreleased songs "Feel So Bad" and "Make It Alright".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bo Diddley: Charts & Awards – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bo Diddley - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hot R&B Sides". Billboard: 156. April 25, 1960. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bo Diddley" (PHP). Chartstats. United Kingdom: The Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Overview: Go Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Reviews of This Week's LP's". Billboard: 29. January 4, 1960. Retrieved December 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Reviews and Ratings of New Albums". Billboard: 24. December 19, 1960. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger by Bo Diddley" (PHP). Chartstats. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Reviews of New Albums: Pop LP's". Billboard: 58. September 11, 1961. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Reviews of New Albums". Billboard: 28, 29. March 17, 1962. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Reviews of New Albums". Billboard: 34. August 18, 1962. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard: 33. January 19, 1963. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard: 32. June 15, 1963. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  14. ^ Rudolph, Dietmar. "A Collector's Guide to the Music of Chuck Berry: The Chess Era (1955-1966)". Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard: 38. December 17, 1966. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  16. ^ "New Album Releases". Billboard: 34. June 17, 1967. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard: 59. February 17, 1968. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Special Merit Picks". Billboard: 47. July 25, 1970. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Special Merit Picks". Billboard: 58. May 15, 1971. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Special Merit Picks". Billboard: 60. May 20, 1972. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Britain: Reprise Seeking Heath-Davis LP". Billboard: 39. April 20, 1963. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  22. ^ Overview: Rear & Well Done by Bo Diddley at AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  23. ^ Overview: His Best by Bo Diddley at AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  24. ^ Overview: 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley at AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  25. ^ Overview: Eddy Mitchell Pres by Bo Diddley at AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  26. ^ Overview: Universal Masters Collection by Bo Diddley at AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  27. ^ Overview: The Definitive Collection by Bo Diddley at AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  28. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard: 26. December 7, 1963. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  29. ^ Live (Triple X) at AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2010.