Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" is one of the few songs in the Diddley songbook that has sprouted very long legs over the intervening years. Lyrically, it's one of Diddley's strongest efforts, with references to rattlesnake hide houses with chimneys made out of human skulls. It's amazing to think that the original was never a hit of any kind, not even on the R&B charts. Its subsequent rise to fame came from its inclusion on several Bo Diddley albums which found their way into the hands of the next generation of rock & roll musicians who saw the true commercial potential in the song. With great and varied covers over the years from Ronnie Hawkins, the Woolies, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Band, folky Tom Rush, Brownsville Station, the Doors, Carlos Santana, the Blues Project, the Blues Magoos, Roy Head, John Hammond Jr., and George Thorogood, the song has held up to a number of different interpretations. Oddly, though, the majority of these drop the modified cut shuffle beat of the original, replacing it with the standard Bo Diddley tom-tom beat, losing much of the song's drive in the process.