Go Bo Diddley is the second LP record by rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley released in July 1959.[1] The album was Bo's first studio album and his first LP for Checker Records. The album was ranked #214 on The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.[7]


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The b-side to the single "Hush Your Mouth", "Dearest Darling" was released June 1958 and also released on Bo Diddley's self-titled debut album. Bo's next single "Willie and Lillie" was released in November 1958 and then released on this album. Bo's next single "I'm Sorry"/"Oh Yea" was released in February 1959[4] and reached #17 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sideschart.[8] The next single "Crackin' Up" b/w "The Great Grandfather" was released in May.[5] Go Bo Diddley was released two months later in July.[1] In November 1959 Bo released his most popular single "Say Man"/"The Clock Strikes Twelve" which became a crossover hit making #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The rest of the songs on the album were album-only tracks, including "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)" which Little Walter retitled as "Roller Coaster" and released as a single,[9] and is featured on the Bo Diddley compilation album His Best even though it is an album track not a single.


The original recordings in mono format where recorded with an Ampex-350 tape recorder.[10] The songs "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care"[2] and "Little Girl" were from Bo's first session for Chess Records on March 2, 1955.[3]

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written by Ellas McDaniel.[10]

Side one
  1. "Crackin' Up" – 2:41
  2. "I'm Sorry" – 2:30
  3. "Bo's Guitar" – 2:38
  4. "Willie and Lillie" – 2:34
  5. "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)" – 2:36
  6. "Say Man" – 2:30
Side two
  1. "The Great Grandfather" – 2:40
  2. "Oh Yea" – 2:30
  3. "Don't Let It Go" – 2:36
  4. "Little Girl" – 2:35
  5. "Dearest Darling" – 2:32
  6. "The Clock Strikes Twelve" – 2:35


Per liner notes[2][3]

Cover versions[edit]Edit

The song "Little Girl" was covered by British R&B group The Yardbirds on their album Five Live Yardbirds and was the first of three Bo Diddley songs released on the album. The Gants released "Crackin' Up" as a single in 1966. Corey Harris recorded a version of the song "Crackin' Up" on A Tribute to Bo Diddley. The song was also covered by Paul McCartney on Снова в СССР, and was also covered by The Rolling Stones.


Year Single Position
Billboard R&B Singles[11] Billboard Hot 100[11]
1959 "Crackin' Up" #14 #62
1959 "I'm Sorry" #17 -
1959 "Say Man" #3 #20

Release history[edit]Edit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
united States July 1959 Checker Records LP LP-1436
United Kingdom 1959 London Records LP HA-M 2230
United States August 27, 1966 Checker Records Stereo-Pak 21-382A
United States 1967 Checker Records LP LP-3006
United States 1984 Chess Records LP CH-9196
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