Go Bo Diddley

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Go Bo Diddley
Go Bo Diddley 1959.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1959 (1959-07)[1]
RecordedChicago, March 2, 1955 & September 1958
GenreRock and roll, rhythm and blues
Bo Diddley chronology
Bo Diddley
Go Bo Diddley
Have Guitar Will Travel
Singles from Go Bo Diddley
  1. "I'm Sorry"
    Released: February 1959[2]
  2. "Crackin' Up"
    Released: May 1959[3]
  3. "Say Man"
    Released: August 1959[4]

Go Bo Diddley is the second 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. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 214 on its The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[5]


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[2] and reached number 17 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart. The next single "Crackin' Up" b/w "The Great Grandfather" was released in May.[3] 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 reaching number 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,[6] 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 were recorded with an Ampex-350 tape recorder.[7] The songs "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)"[8] and "Little Girl" were from Bo's first session for Chess Records on March 2, 1955.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Ellas McDaniel, with "I'm Sorry" made in collaboration with Alan Freed and Harvey Fuqua.[7]

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[8][9]

  • Bo Diddley – vocals, guitar; violin on "The Clock Strikes Twelve"
  • Peggy Jones – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jerome Green – co-lead vocals on "Say Man", maracas
  • Willie Dixon – bass
  • Clifton James – drums
  • Frank Kirkland – drums
  • Billy Boy Arnold – harmonica on "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)" and "Little Girl"
  • Lafayette Leake – piano
  • Otis Spann – piano

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. Retrieved December 17, 2010.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews of New Pop Records". Billboard: 63. August 24, 1959. Retrieved December 17, 2010.
  4. ^ "Reviews of This Week's Singles". Billboard: 45. August 24, 1959. Retrieved December 17, 2010.
  5. ^ "500 Greatest Albums: Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  6. ^ Glover, Tony; Dirks, Scott; Gaines, Ward (2002). Blues with a Feeling: The Little Walter Story. Routledge. pp. 147–48. ISBN 978-0-415-93711-5.
  7. ^ a b Go Bo Diddley LP 1436 Sleeve Notes
  8. ^ a b His Best (CD liner). Bo Diddley. United States: Chess/MCA Records. 1997. CHD-9373.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ a b I'm a Man: The Chess Masters, 1955–1958 (CD liner). Bo Diddley. United States: Hip-O Select. 2007.CS1 maint: others (link)