500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Bo Diddley, 'Who Do You Love?'

Writer: Ellas McDaniel
Producers: Phil and Leonard Chess
Released: March '57, Checker
Did not chart

Diddley's first band performed with a washtub-bass player and a guy who danced on a sand-covered board: These experiments with rhythmic possibilities kept him from lugging a drum set around town. "I'm a lover of basic bottom," he once said. "If the bottom is right, crazy." And there's plenty of bottom here - not much more, actually. Just Diddley playing his guitar like it's a drum, goosed by maracas and lyrics about chimneys made from human skulls and houses built from rattlesnake hide that reach back into voodoo mythology (the title is a pun on "hoodoo," a bad-luck charm). 

Appears on: His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (Chess)

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