SONG OF THE DAY Little Walter – I Hate To See You Go


I’ve been away by the sea for a few days, with virtually no internet and plenty of fresh air to cleanse the spirit and freshen the senses! I loaded up my iPod, set the settings to shuffle and that was me sorted, what more could you ask for!

I Hate To See You Go was one of the random songs on my playlist earlier today and is a reworking of Bo Diddley’s, You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t Care), originally written in March 1955.  Never released as a single by Bo Diddley himself, this track featured on his second album, Go Bo Diddley, which was released in 1959.

In September 1955, just a few months after Bo Diddley wrote You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t Care), blues singer/songwriter (and pioneering harmonica player) Little Walter wrote and released his own adaptation of Diddley’s song.  I Hate To See You Go appeared as the B-side to Walter’s single, Too Late and, whilst both versions work perfectly for me, I do like the pace of Little Walter’s interpretation.  Listen above.

(More recently the Rolling Stones have covered Little Walter’s version too!).

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