Bo Diddley is a studio album by American rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley, not to be confused with the 1958 compilation album of the same name. The 1962 album was released as CheckerLP-2984 in August 1962[1] and featured the Willie Dixon-penned classic "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover", which was released as a 7" 45 rpm single in July 1962.[3]


 [hide*1 Success in Britain

Success in Britain[edit]Edit

In Britain, Bo Diddley was released as an LP by Pye International Records. The UK release charted at #11 on the UK Albums Chart.[4] The success of the album followed the UK package tour that Bo had begun at the beginning of the year with the Everly BrothersLittle Richard, and the Rolling Stones.

Due to the album's success in the UK, many British bands recorded songs from the record.

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs were written and composed by Ellas McDaniel (Bo Diddley), except where noted.[2]

Side one
  1. "I Can Tell" (Samuel Smith, McDaniel) – 4:27
  2. "Mr. Khrushchev" – 2:56
  3. "Diddling" – 2:12
  4. "Give Me a Break" – 2:07
  5. "Who May Your Lover Be" – 2:54
  6. "Bo's Bounce" – 1:35
Side two
  1. "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" (Willie Dixon) – 2:43
  2. "Babes in the Woods" – 2:10
  3. "Sad Sack" – 2:38
  4. "Mama Don't Allow No Twistin'" – 2:10
  5. "You All Green" – 3:03
  6. "Bo's Twist" – 2:32




On the UK Albums Chart Bo Diddley reached #11 on November 2, 1963.[4] The album reached #117 on the Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart.

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