Mona (I Need You Baby)

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"Mona (I Need You Baby)" is a song written by Ellas McDaniel (Bo Diddley) and was the B-side to his 1957 single "Hey! Bo Diddley".

According to Diddley's obituary in The New York Times, "Mona" was a song of praise he wrote for a 45-year-old exotic dancer who worked at the Flame Show Bar in Detroit. The song also became the template for Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away".[1]

Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2 version[edit]

Mona Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2.jpg
Single by Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2
from the album Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2
B-side"I Don't Mind"
Released30 April 1990 (1990-04-30)
FormatCD single cassingle
GenrePop, Synthpop
Songwriter(s)Ellas McDaniel
Producer(s)Garth Porter
Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2 singles chronology
"Rock the Rock"

In 1990, Australian actor/musician Craig McLachlan released a version with his band "Check 1–2". It was their second single from their album, Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2. It was a commercial success peaking at No. 3 in Australia and No. 2 in the UK. It was the highest selling single by an Australian artist in 1990.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Mona (7" Version)"Ellas McDaniel3:40
2."Mona (Extended Remix)"Ellas McDaniel6:52
3."I Don't Mind"Craig McLachlan3:19


"Mona" peaked at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart, behind Elton John's "Sacrifice" in the week commencing 21 July 1990.[3]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[4] 3
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 44
Belgian Singles Chart[4] 8
German Singles Chart[4] 44
Dutch Singles Charts MegaCharts[4] 26
New Zealand Singles Chart[4] 16
UK Singles Chart[5] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Australian Singles Chart 15[2]
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 35


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[7] Platinum 70,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Year Nominee / work Award Result
1991 "Mona" ARIA Award for Highest Selling Single of the Year[8] Won

Cover versions[edit]

"Mona (I Need You Baby)" has been covered by many artists, including:

Bo Diddley performed Mona with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the 1990s.


  1. ^ "Bo Diddley, Who Gave Rock His Beat, Dies at 79". The New York Times. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – End of Year Charts – Top 50 Singles 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  3. ^ "1990-07-21 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive". Official Charts Company. 21 July 1990. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "CRAIG MCLACHLAN & CHECK 1–2 – MONA (SONG)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  5. ^ "The Official Chart Company – Craig McLachlan". Official Charts Company. 25 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  6. ^ "End of Year Charts 1990". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  7. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 183.
  8. ^ "Winners By Year – 27th ARIA Awards 2013". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time – Stereogum". Retrieved 24 April 2013.