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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Hey Bo Diddley

This bluesy celebration of the rock ’n’ roll pioneer's classics is pretty hard to beat.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


For a guy who’s spent about half a century playing one damn beat, Bo Diddley hasn’t done too badly for himself.

Neither have the blues stars on Hey Bo Diddley, a tribute to the man who put the bomp in bomp, ba-bomp ba-bomp, ba-bomp-bomp. The highlights: Taj Mahal gets the party started with the self-titled Bo Diddley; harpists Sugar Blue and Charlie Musselwhite breathe new life into the classic rhythm on Mona and Hey Bo Diddley; Joe Louis Walker makes time on Who Do You Love?; guitarist Walter Trout burns rubber on Road Runner; dobro whiz Eric Sardinas delivers a Johnny Winter-ish Ride On Josephine; guitarist Coco Montoya chugs down Pills; and Otis Rush growls I’m A Man nearly as well as Bo and Muddy Waters (and more believably than Mick Jagger). Hard to beat.