You gotta love Bo. He found a rhythmic beat, got his foot in the door, and then never let anybody forget that beat or who did it. The title track is called “Gunslinger,” but it’s really, like so many of his tunes, a personal billboard, “Bo Diddley is a Gunslinger.” And while some of his early albums are about as diverse as some post-Twist Chubby Checker records, you can’t fault the enthusiasm and appeal. The sound of this re-issue from 1960 is pretty raw, and you can hear the popping mic on a few tracks, but that’s OK. There are also some fun bonus tracks (some even devoid of that beat) that offer a broader picture of Hey Bo. We’ve got some weird, don’t-miss Diddley from 1970 in the archives, Black Gladiator. Find Gunslinger at Amazon. Check comments for more cool Bo music.
Gun Slinger (1:54)
Ride On Josephine (3:04)
Doing The Crawdaddy (3:04)
Sixteen Tons (2:26)
Whoa Mule (Shine) (2:31)
No More Lovin’ (2:24)
Diddling (Bonus Track) (2:14)
Working Man (Bonus Track) (2:33)
Do What I Say (Bonus Track) (2:49)
Prisoner Of Love (Bonus Track) (2:32)
Googlia Moo (Bonus Track) (3:02)
Better Watch Yourself (Bonus Track) (2:55)
Buzz Baby Jesus posted a cool Bo track in comments called “Bo Diddley-itis” (featuring Shuggie Otis on lead guitar). Hear it below, download it in comments (#8) by right-clicking. Thanks Buzz.