Bo Diddley

Who Do You Love?

Composed by Ellas McDaniel

Song Review by

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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bo Diddley [1957] 1957 Chess
I'm a Man [MF] 1977 Charly Records 2:29
No Image 1981 Chess
No Image 1983 Chess
Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley 1986 Chess 2:18
The Best of Chess Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Chess 2:28
The Chess Box 1990 Chess 2:27
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: The '50s - Last Dance 1990
Various Artists
2:30
Bo's Blues 1993 Ace 2:29
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Charly Blues Masters 2:28
Bo Knows Bo 1995 Universal Special Products 2:30
Rockin' Guitars 1997
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:27
His Best 1997 Chess 2:30
The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook: The Classic Originals 1997
Various Artists
MCA / Chess 2:28
Chess Blues Guitar: Two Decades of Killer Fretwork, 1949-1969 1998
Various Artists
Chess / MCA 2:30
Space Bunnies Must Die! 1998
Game Soundtrack
Hip-O 2:29
Living the Blues [Time-Life Inc.] 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:30
Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:30
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Rhino
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bo Diddley 2000 MCA / Universal Distribution 2:30
The Best Jukebox Album in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 2:28
The Roots of the Grateful Dead [Catfish] 2001
Various Artists
Snapper 2:29
Basic Blues, Vol. 5 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:29
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Blues Guitar 2003
Various Artists
Chess / MCA 2:28
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey 2003
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 2:30
The Universal Masters Collection 2005 Universal Distribution
The Definitive Collection 2007 Geffen/Chess 2:30
The Blues Roots of the Rolling Stones [Snapper] 2008
Various Artists
Snapper 2:29
No Image 2008
Various Artists
E1 Entertainment 2:30
I'm Bad! 2008 Universal 2:29
Gold 2008 Geffen 2:30
The Roots of the Doors 2009
Various Artists
Snapper 2:29
Greatest Ever! Rock 'N' Roll Legends: The Definitive Collection 2010
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:29
Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour: The Best of the Third Series 2010
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 2:33
Absolutely the Best Live 2011 Fuel / Fuel 2000 5:47
Simply Rock 'n' Roll [2012] 2012
Various Artists
Simply
Diddley Daddy: The Collection 2012 Music Club Deluxe
No Image
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:28
Best of the Blues: Bo Diddely - Jungle Sound Éditions Atlas
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Boogie Chillen [Fantastic Voyage]
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage
Horst Fascher Präsentiert: 50 Jahre Beatles In Hamburg
Various Artists
2:28
Hot Hundred: Hits of the 50s
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:29
Mojo Music Guide, Vol. 4: Blues Power
Various Artists
Mojo Music (Independent) 2:27
Rock 'N' Roll Originals: Bo Diddley/Hey Bo Diddley Documents / Intense 2:27
Rock 'n' Roll Cruisin': 60 Essential Rock 'n' Roll Driving Songs
Various Artists
Metro / Metro Tins
Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox: Hits from the '50s & '60s
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:29
The  Many Faces of the Doors
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:28
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