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Remix of blues songs: Bo Diddley by Felix Helpless

Remix of blues songs: Bo Diddley – Pretty Thing (Paspar2 Edit)

Blues music is and will always be an inspiration for musicians and dj’s. Now and then you find on the internet pretty cool remixes of blues and rock n roll songs. Like Bo Diddley’s “Pretty Thing which was mixed by Russian artist Felix Helpless. This blues remix stays close to the original but is edited was some pretty cool bass, beats and hand clapping.

Hailin’ from Yekaterinburg in middle Russia Felix Helpless makes all kinds of remixes from abstract ambient breakbeat downtempo electronic hip hop idm trip hop and classic songs like “Pretty Thing” of Bo Diddley.

On Felix Helpless Bandcamp and Soundcloud you will find more nice remixed of all sort of songs!

Bo Diddley “Pretty Thing” Remixed

Pretty Thing”  was recorded on july 14th, 1955  for checker records and is a product of Chess bass player and songwriter Willie Dixon. Bo Diddley however added his own musical and textual style to it.  The song was Diddley’s third single release through Checker Records after “Diddley Daddy”. British Rock band the Pretty Things took their band name from this song .
Photo credit: By Masao Nakagami (http://www.flickr.com/photos/goro_memo/315786763/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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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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13 fine Rhythm and Blues songs Radio Session

Finest Rhythm and Blues Session


The wide world of Blues, Early Rock ‘n Roll and  allother Black Music is so big and every day you discover more and more great music.  That’s what keeps you dedicated to find the finest songs around. I created a Rhythm and Blues radio Session on the Black Bull Blues Mixcloud account including 13 songs that I’m happily like to share with y’all. This radio session contains some of my favorite artist including Junior Wells, Lowell Fulson, Gary U.S. Bonds and Ann Cole.

“Quarter to Three” to “The Letter”

Gary U.S. Bonds is a fantastic artist who recorded great songs like Dear Lady Twist and Quarter to Three. That song became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States on June 26, 1961, and remained there for two weeks. In 1968 another great bluesman Lowell Fulson entered the charts with the Rhythm and Blues hit “The Letter”, which he released for Kent Records.

Beautiful Lady Bluessingers


Ann Cole was the original performer of “Got My Mojo Working”in 1956. The Classic blues song wat written by Actor Preston S. Foster. I Really like how Ann Cole makes this song Swing. Another Great Lady Bluessinger is Esther Phillips. Her song So Good really makes averyone happy. In this song we can all see that ladies know how to make a song swing!

Other songs in this session are classics like Evaleena by Billy Boy Arnold, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Ike Gordon and Bo Diddley, I Hope you all enjoy!
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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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