SONG OF THE DAY Bo Diddley – The Great Grandfather

02diddley3-500Now this song is an old favourite, I love a bit of Bo Diddley and I loved this song within a few seconds of hearing it, even more when I heard that funky bit of guitar near the end…if you know the song, you will know the bit I mean and if you don’t, you will hear the bit I mean minute you listen to it!

Defined by the jingling of a piano key and shuffling drum beat, this song has atmosphere, enhanced further by Bo Diddley’s deep, full-bodied vocals; The Great Grandfather is just superb and that guitar bit just sends a shivers every time I hear it…and yes, I know I’ve mentioned that bit already but it’s soooo good!

Today’s song was released in 1959 via Chess Records subsidiary label, Checker Records and was the B-side to the single Crackin’ Up.  Both tracks appear on Diddley’s second album,  Go Bo Diddley which came out that same year… Check out The Great Grandfather above.


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