Category Archives: Bo Diddley

Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley Together on “Two Great Guitars”

Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley Together on “Two Great Guitars”

These two musicians need no introduction. They made both fame at Checker / Chess records and scored multiple hits in the 50s and 60s. Two Great Guitars: Bo  Diddley / Chuck Berry is a very nice studio album by labelmates Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, which was released in August 1964.

Blues & Rock n Roll Session

Chesss Records  made it a sort of tradition to let the stars of the label work together. Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf Would release a few years  later in 1968 their  album “Super Super Blues Band” which contain some grooving blues songs like “Wrecking My Love”.  A year before Bo had recorded an album alongside Muddy and Little Walter called “Super Blues”

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From The Super Super Blues band a classic blues song “Long Distance Call”

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From The Super Super Blues band a classic blues song “Long Distance Call”

In 1968 Chess studios released a unique album it was a collaboration of the greatest blues musician of that time; Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley recorded The Super Super Blues Band. This album is full of rocking blues classics, produced by Willie Dixon under the supervision of Phil and Marshall Chess. The fun part of this albums is that all three legends sings and play on every song together. You will hear Howlin’ Wolf sing Bo Diddley’s song “Diddley Daddy and  Muddy sings along on Wolf’s classic “Spoonful“.

Wrecking My love Life

A song you can listen all day is “Wrecking My Love Life”, besides the vocals of Muddy, Wolf and Diddley that really blast out of your speakers like it is a jam that is played in front of you, a magnificent woman sings soulful ‘woohoowoo baby…’ throughout the song. Wrecking My love Life is a blues version of Reggae.

Long Distance Call – Muddy Waters

Long Distance Moan – Blind Lemon Jefferson

Long Distance Call the 3 versions

Long Distance Call was first released in 1951 by Chess and reached #8 in the R&B chart. The song originates in the song “Long distance Moan” released by Texas bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1929. While Muddy changed the name and lyrics of the song slightly, in the music you still hear a lot of moaning. Long Distance Call is a great example of the modern blues, there aren’t a lot of songs that show so good how blue someone can become as Long distance call. This song gets in your veins, bones and soul. Not only because of the lyrics but also through the guitar, the slow drums and the interludes that make this song so magical.

In comparison to the original Muddy Waters version, on the Super Super Blues band Record Long Distance Call is transformed into a rocking blues song. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Sing and the slow drums are changed into a rhythmic beat. The guitar screams are replaced by harmonica grooves.

Long Distance Call – Super Super Blues Band

 Diddley Daddy

Diddley Daddy is another song worth listening on Super Super Blues Band. Diddley Daddy was recorded on May 15, 1955 in Chicago and became a signature song of Bo Diddley. It is cool to hear how Howlin’ Wolf easily takes over the lyrics of Bo. Like the original version, the Super Super blues band version is rockin’ blues. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters make the song grooving like a jam. Interesting about this song is the 1963 cover by the Rolling Stones which was part of their first demo recording.

Rolling Stones – Diddley Daddy

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Bo Diddley between Blues and Rock ‘n Roll

Bo Diddley between Blues and Rock ‘n Roll

Othas Ellas Bates or better known as Bo Diddley was born in McComb, Mississippi in 1928. Some may know him for his unique beat from the song “Bo Diddley”, Some know him for his rectangular guitar. Other may know him as the man that shaped Rock ‘n Roll. Inspired by the Chicago Blues and Rock ‘n Roll, singing in the style of gospel with an African-Cuban rhythm style. We all know Bo Diddley.

Bo Diddley Guitar music

BoDiddley1997 Photo Masahiro Sumori
BoDiddley1997 Photo Masahiro Sumori

Diddley grew up on the south side of Chicago where he played music in the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Bo started playing violin in the Baptist church. When Bo turned twelve he started playing guitar inspired by musicians as John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. Diddley would become a Blues and Rock ‘n Roll legends as a guitarist and a singer. One of the few that collaborated with musicians in many differtent genres.

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Cadet Concept Electric Blues music

Just as Phil and Leonard Chess were selling its parent Chess Records to GRT Corporation in 1969, the decision was made to phase out Cadet Concept and its final release was in 1971.

Cadet Concept Electric Blues music

I listen a lot to the albums produced on the Cadet Concept electric blues label of Marshall

Marshall_Chess Cadet Concept photo Jamar Chess
Marshall_Chess Cadet Concept photo Jamar Chess

Chess. The psychedelic Blues label produced some awesome records by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley. The blues is more Funky groovy and I think the albums recorded on this label are still an inspiration for musicians now.
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