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Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger

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Bo Diddley saw a trend he could get behind with early TV’s embrace of Western heroes. Later to become a deputy sheriff himself (in Valencia County, New Mexico), the rock and roll architect posed in Tulsa with six-guns and guitar for the cover of Bo Diddley is a Gunslinger (1960). While not exactly a concept album, Bo’s fifth LP did bend the imagery to his own uses: “Gun Slinger” is a textbook Diddley-beat workout that imagines our man at the O.K. Corral, while “Cheyenne” celebrates the television hero. Those cuts blend well with the rest of the offbeat business at hand, which includes “Doing the Crawdaddy,” a non sequitur would-be dance-craze tune; a convincing take on “Sixteen Tons”; and the double entendre “Ride On Josephine.” This remaster contains five bonus tracks, key performances in their own right, amended to the original 10-cut set.

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Do What I Say

Buy this album. Raw, real, rock. Everyone else followed.

One Of THE Perfect Albums Of The Rock N Roll Era

Bo's music is seductive, braggardly, outrageous, comical, contemplative, sexual, and downright FUN! This album IMHO is his finest cohesive work, hitting his personal highs at a very consistant rate with these recordings. Who can't smile at "Doin' The Crawdad", "Ride On Josephine", or "Cadillac"? His version of "Sixteen Tons" is, for me, definitive. And I dare you not to at least bop your head to "Gunslinger". Bo was at one of his many creative peaks during these recordings, with his own studio, his own band, and working at his own pace. An artist, a visionary, and as fine a singer ("No More Lovin'") as damn near anyone in the 20th century. This album is one for the ages.

A classic.

Golfa's review makes me nauseous.


Born: December 30, 1928 in McComb, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

He only had a few hits in the 1950s and early '60s, but as Bo Diddley sang, "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover." You can't judge an artist by his chart success, either, and Diddley produced greater and more influential music than all but a handful of the best early rockers. The Bo Diddley beat -- bomp, ba-bomp-bomp, bomp-bomp -- is one of rock & roll's bedrock rhythms, showing up in the work of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, and even pop-garage knock-offs like the Strangeloves' 1965 hit "I Want...
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