BO DIDDLEY Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger (1960)

Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger (1960)
Bo Diddley Is His Own Best Promoter

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)
Cadillac (2:46)
Somewhere (2:40)
Cheyenne (2:01)
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.


  • Willard
    September 4, 2012 - 11:29 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • September 4, 2012 - 12:00 | Permalink

    Always good to cruise around with Bo.

  • September 4, 2012 - 14:32 | Permalink

    One of my first heroes! There are some musicians that become genres unto themselves (Bo Didley, Dylan, Prof. Longhair)…amazing to behold.

  • pete
    September 4, 2012 - 19:00 | Permalink

    Many thanks! Any Bo is good by me, and some of these I didn’t have. I’d add to the genre list John Lee Hooker. BTW that one by the fellow we try not to name that I’m gonna buy next Tuesday is really worth listening to (based on two plays of a decent VBR download). Quite how great it is will take a while to understand, but it’s definitely better than CitH or TTL.

  • Willard
    September 4, 2012 - 19:49 | Permalink

    Hi Pete. Yeah, I heard Bob today and it was pretty interesting. Exy had it a day ago, it might still be there (check for a link in C-Box for those looking for it). iTunes has it streaming for those that want to hear it. I’ll see what else I have in the Hooker vein (there are a few things in the archives), though I’ve got some Howlin’ Wolf coming up this or next week. Thanks as always.

  • Sean
    September 7, 2012 - 10:49 | Permalink

    I saw Bo twice around 1987 and it was interesting how he varied his shows. First time I saw him he was on a split bill with an African pop band (this was when Paul Simon’s Graceland album was stirring up an interest in African music in the US). That night Bo was incorporating all kinds of pretty major-scale Afro-pop melodies into his guitar playing. Shortly afterward I saw him in a small club where he was doing extended jams on a new blues composition, kind of a protest song against the toll highway he had to take to get to the gig… called, naturally, “God Damn the Toll Road”. It occurs to me now, after hearing several of his albums and some of the oddball topics, that this was probably his main songwriting method: just taking whatever idea was in his head and repeatedly riffing on it. There was nothing phony about Bo.

    I also think he’s been very underrated as a singer. He had the deep pipes of a blues belter, somewhere between Big Joe Turner and BB King in style. Listen to “She’s Alright” from the Have Guitar, Will Travel album or his weird opera singing on “I Don’t Like You” from Black Gladiator. Of the famous early rock & roll singers I think the only one who could dust him was Little Richard..

    • Willard
      September 7, 2012 - 14:46 | Permalink

      Cool… I never got a chance to see him live. I knew a guy, however, that went out to his home and interviewed him in the 80s/90s. Told me he was half crazed and living in a beat up trailer. Bitter about not being a bigger star and making incoherent recordings at home. If my memory serves, he wrote a puff piece about Bo and I gave him shit for not writing a brutally honest article describing all the weirdness he was telling to me.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    September 7, 2012 - 13:48 | Permalink

    Here is “Bo Diddleyitis” from 1972, featuring Shuggie Otis on lead guitar. It smokes.

    • Willard
      September 7, 2012 - 20:46 | Permalink

      Big thanks Buzz. Very cool track.

  • Sean
    September 7, 2012 - 20:28 | Permalink

    On reconsideration maybe I was a little in hyperbole (or drunk) when saying he was a GREAT singer. I mean, James Brown is a GREAT singer…so Bo was very good. Re. your comment about him being a strange crank in real life, he was also a Sheriff in New Mexico in the 70’s. Capt. Beefheart wrote the song The Sheriff of Hong Kong as a sly tribute to Bo’s Hong Kong, Mississippi. Trying hard to think of any other rock innovators who were also Sheriffs…

  • Willard
    September 7, 2012 - 20:46 | Permalink

    Wow… never heard that story (about the Beef song, either).

  • buzzbabyjesus
    September 9, 2012 - 19:11 | Permalink

    Thanks for featuring “Bo Didley-itis”. It’s a transcendent update/variation of Bo’s beat.
    What a cool party that must have been in the studio.

    • Willard
      September 9, 2012 - 19:19 | Permalink

      Thanks for coughing it up.

  • September 23, 2012 - 11:22 | Permalink

    Amazing Bo Diddley live @ a frathouse in 1959 is here:

  • Supersonic75
    December 8, 2013 - 09:25 | Permalink

    Thanks for that live thing, Jim…..haven’t heard that in a long time, if it’s what I remember….

  • chris_c
    February 7, 2014 - 11:02 | Permalink


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