Let me say that I’m not 100% certain that this is a Bo Diddley song but it is very much in his style. I have heard two versions of it, one by my friend Rev. Doc and his band the Congregation and the other by Tony McPhee and Billy Boy Arnold. The song is about Billy Boy Arnold who was for a long time Bo Diddley’s harmonica player. The traditional Diddley beat is great to play on the moothie and the very first time I heard this song was by Doc himself busking (similar to the track below but better!) in Ashton Lane just off Byres Road in Glasgow (it’s a great nightime cobbled street full of restaurants and bars). I can’t remember all the words and I messed up at the end. What the hell.
Thank you for the music Bo and even if you didn’t write this song it wouldn’t have happened without you.
I’ve just learned of the passing of Elias McDaniels aka Bo Diddley. He inspired many other artists including Buddy Holly and The Rolling Stones (Not Fade Away) and U2 (Desire) He of course was well known as a performer and songwriter too with songs such as Who do you love?, Mona and songs which were about his favourite subject matter i.e. himself . Here he is at his peak with Hey! Bo Diddley!
The New York Times Obituary is HERE Thanks to my journalist correspondent Amo for passing it on.