A superb collection of the Diddley Daddy including unusual LP cut s and tracks where he plays with or produces other artists.

The “diddley beat” is essentially the clave rhythm, one of the most common bell patterns found in sub-Saharan African music traditions, with a ” bom,bom, bom, bom, bom…” back-beat. The synoptic 5/4 rhythm pattern approach can be heard throughout his recordings and the pattern became synonymous with his style. The musical exploration takes in the years 1955 through to 1963.

01 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley (McDaniel) Checker 1955

02 Bo Diddley Pretty Thing (McDaniel) Checker 1955

03 Bo Diddley ? Who Do You Love? (McDaniel) Checker 1956

04 Bo Diddley and His Band Down Home Special (McDaniel) Checker 1956

05 Bo Diddley Mona (McDaniel) Checker 1957

06 Bo Diddley Dearest Darling (McDaniel) Checker 1958

07 Bo Diddley You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t Care) Checker LP – Go Bo Diddley 1959

08 Bo Diddley Run Diddley Daddy (McDaniel) Checker LP – Have Guitar, Will Travel1960

09 Bo Diddley I Love You So (McDaniel) Checker LP – Have Guitar, Will Travel1960

10 Bo Diddley Dancing Girl (McDaniel) Checker LP – Have Guitar, Will Travel 1960

11 Bo Diddley Story Of Bo Diddley (McDaniel) Checker LP – In The Spotlight 1960

12 Bo Diddley Deed And Deed I Do (McDaniel) Checker LP – In The Spotlight 1960

13 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley Is Loose (McDaniel) Checker LP – Bo Diddley Is A… Lover 1961

14 Bo Diddley You All Green (McDaniel) Checker LP – Bo Diddley 1963

15 Little Walter and His Jukes Roller Coaster (McDaniel) Checker 1955

16 The Schoolboys directed by Marty Wilson Pearl (Polk, McDaniel) Okeh 1957

17 The Marquees Orchestrated by Joe Sherman Wyatt Earp (Palmer, Larsen, McDaniel) Okeh 1957

18 The Marquees Orchestrated by Ellas McDaniel Hey Little School Girl (Palmer, Ames, McDaniel) Okeh 1957

19 Billy Stewart Orchestrated by Ellas McDaniel Baby, You’re My Only Love (Stewart, Ames, McDaniel) Okeh 1957

20 Billy Stewart Orchestrated by Ellas McDaniel Billy’s Heartache (Stewart, Larson, McDaniel) Okeh 1957

21 Mickey and Sylvia Dearest (McDaniel, Polk, Gibson) Vik 1957

22 Don Stacey Say Man (McDaniel) Bell 1959

23 The Johnny Otis Show The New Bo Diddley (McDaniel) Eldo 1960

24 J.M. Van Eaton and The Untouchables Bo Diddley (McDaniel) Nita 1960

25 Bill Black’s Combo Hey Bo Diddley (McDaniel) London LP 1961

26 Johnny Kidd and The Pirates I Can Tell (Samuels, McDaniel) HMV 1962

27 Dale and Grace Love Is Strange (Smith) Montel LP 1963

28 Freddy Koenig with The Jades Road Runner (McDaniel) Lori 1963

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