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Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley – 1955

About The Song

“Bo Diddley” is a rhythm and blues song by Bo Diddley, released in 1955. The track is known for its distinctive beat and guitar riff, and it played a crucial role in shaping the sound of rock and roll. Here are five facts about this influential song:

  1. Signature Beat: “Bo Diddley” is recognized for its signature rhythmic pattern, often referred to as the “Bo Diddley beat.” This beat, characterized by a syncopated clave rhythm, became a fundamental element in rock and roll music and has been widely used in various genres.
  2. Innovative Guitar Playing: Bo Diddley’s guitar work on this track is groundbreaking. He used a rectangular-shaped guitar and applied a distorted, fuzzy tone, creating a sound that was ahead of its time. The repetitive riff became iconic and has been emulated by countless musicians.
  3. Self-Titled Song: The song is not only one of Bo Diddley’s most famous tracks but also shares its name with the artist himself. This self-titled song, with its driving energy and catchy guitar riff, contributed significantly to establishing Bo Diddley as a central figure in the early development of rock and roll.
  4. Cultural Impact: “Bo Diddley” had a profound impact on the evolution of popular music, influencing artists across various genres. The song’s infectious rhythm and guitar work have been sampled and covered by numerous musicians, ensuring its enduring presence in the musical landscape.
  5. Chart Success: The single “Bo Diddley” achieved success on the R&B charts, reaching number two, and it crossed over to the pop charts, peaking at number 78. The song’s popularity helped establish Bo Diddley as a dynamic performer and a key figure in the transition from blues to rock and roll.



Bo Diddley buy his baby diamond ring
If that diamond ring don’t shine
He gonna take it to a private eye
If that private eye can’t see
He better not take the ring from me

Bo Diddley caught a nanny goat
To make his pretty baby a Sunday coat
Bo Diddley caught a feral cat
To make his pretty baby a Sunday hat

Mojo come to my house with black cat bone
A-take my baby all away from home
Ugly that Mojo, where has he been
Up your house and gone again
Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley have you heard
My pretty baby said she was a bird