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 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.
- In 1963, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders released their version of "Road Runner" as the B-side of "Hello Josephine".
- In March 1965, The Pretty Things released the song on their eponymous debut album.
- Also in March 1965, The Zombies released a version on their first album Begin Here.
- In May 1965, The Animals released the song on their second UK release of Animal Tracks.
- In June 1979, 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 track was actually recorded in December 1975 at the Pontiac Silverdome.
- 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.
Use in media
The song appears in the first episode of web series 11.22.63., starring James Franco.
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