Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Bo Diddley’s fifth single for Checker, “Who Do You Love,” featured “I’m Bad” on the flip, a sort of follow-up to his first record, “I’m a Man.” “I’m Bad” has a tougher sound than its predecessor (thanks to Jody Williams’ stinging guitar) which fits the more threatening lyrics perfectly. (Note the misspelling of the title on early pressings.)

Bo Diddley • I’m Bad • 1956

Personnel: Bo Diddley, vocal/guitar; Jody Williams, guitar; Clifton James, drums; Jerome Green, maracas. Recorded in Chicago, 24 May 1956.

Label photo: 45cat

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