Bo Diddley-itis

 
Where it all began is right

Where it all began is right

A quick post to share this smokin’ track from 1972, long after Bo’s initial success. Anyone with a beat named after him is heavy, even if it’s only an approximation of a latin clave, or five beats stuck into four.
This album, which I’ve never heard, save for this song, was produced by Johnny Otis, with Shuggie Otis on lead guitar. What a party!

You don’t have to turn it up. Does that all by itself.

Bo Diddley-itis

2 thoughts on “Bo Diddley-itis

  1. They should teach these lyrics in school. Don’t recall anyone else playing a square guitar, but I do recall Bob Seger’s Bo- Diddley off of Smokin’ O.Ps. And the organ on that song is probably rectangular, and also swirling, which is almost square.

    Later, Seger got very square, but he was smokin’ back in Ann Arbor.

  2. Aye-aye-aye-aye! This is kind of the step-child of Bo’s Mumblin’ Guitar. I don’t know why exactly but a couple years ago I was wise enough to seek out and find every early Chess Records Bo Diddley LP on ebay…silly? They Kill!
    I love this guy! The first time I saw him at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach my old friend Crane got so drunk he jumped up on stage and started playing the conga that was, in his brain, just begging to be played. Bo told him to “get the fuck outta here”. He said it with a smile but you don’t fuck with Bo Diddley!
    I remember ditching school to go to the Guitar Center in Hollywood when Bo Diddley and the great Willie Dixon were inducted into the “Rock Walk”…they played on the sidewalk together for about an hour and then put their hand imprints in the wet cement out front. I got to say hello to Willie Dixon and shake his hand…after he wiped the cement off. Even though I ditched school, I got an education that day! Great Posting!

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