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Who Do You Love?


Bo Diddley

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The title is a play on the word "Hoodoo," which is a folk religion similar to Voodoo and also popular in the American South. Many Blues musicians mentioned Hoodoo in their songs and like Diddley, conjured up images of the skulls, snakes and graveyards.
Diddley was know for the distinctive guitar riff he used in this song, which became known as "The Bo Diddley Beat."
George Thorogood And The Destroyers recorded a popular cover on their 1978 album Move It On Over. In 1982, Diddley appeared in Thorogood's video for "Bad To The Bone." It was good timing, since MTV was new didn't have many videos.
British blues rockers Juicy Lucy had a #14 hit in the UK in 1970 with their version of this. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
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Comments (15):

I thought the Rolling Stones covered this song.
- Robert, Atlanta, GA
Is it 'Graveyard Mine' or 'Graveyard Mind'?

Tombstone hand and a graveyard mine, just 22 and I don't mind dying....
- dogawful, New Orleans, LA
BTW, for any who might not know, an "ice wagon" is a hearse.
- Fred, Laurel, MD
You can add Tom Rush (a folk/alternative rock singer, "No Regrets", "Kids These Days") to that list of covers--the first version I heard of this song. That was 1966-7 or thereabouts.
Around that time, Tom Rush also did a song named "Mr. Blue"--not the do-wop song, whose actual title is "Goodnight My Love," by the Fleetwoods. This "Mr. Blue" is a song based on the pre-Orwell, 1928 dystopian (= opposite of utopian) novel of that name by Miles Connolly. The chorus went something like, "What will it take to whip you into line? / A broken heart? A broken head? / It can be arranged. It can be arranged."
- Fred, Laurel, MD
Apart from those mentioned,I've found versions by: Albert Lee, Blues Project, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Golden Earring, Jack Johnson, John Hammond, Misunderstood,Red Devils, Rolling Stones & Bo Diddley, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Preachers, The Woolies, The Yardbirds (feat. Eric Clapton), CCR (? not Creedence) and Van Morrison.
I see I missed out Bob Seger, so far....
If I burn them on CD, I will not play it in the car: too much risk of geting a ticket for speeding!
- Nico, Amstelveen, Netherlands
los lobos with bo for the la bamba movie at the start with ritchies brother riding his motorbike
- joe, perth, Australia
This song brings back a random memory - the first time I met my now-fiance's father, I was 16 years old and scared to death of the man. Dad was driving, my fiance got in the back of the truck and made me sit up front with Dad! It seems so lame now, but I was almost shaking at the time! I remember Dad making small talk, and I have him yes/no answers, pressed against the door as far as I could, fiddling with the seatbelt in my hands. "Who do you love..."...I had to laugh that the one I loved would make me do that. Like I said, it's lame now, but that's what makes our adolescent memories so fun.
- Ressie, Medford, OR
Townes Van Zandt, the great songwriter, also covered "Who Do You Love?".
- Alvin, Hinsdale, IL
Just one of the coolest songs ever written. Love the lyrics!
- Malicious Matt, Squatney
The Doors did it live.
- Warrinder, A Town, Canada
yeah didnt the doors cover this song also???
- Nicole, Hampstead, NC
The Woolies did a "garage" cover of "Who Do You Love" in 1966.
- Rick, San Juan, United States
Yes he does.
- Jason Lee, New York, NY
Doesn't Ronnie Hawkins play it in The Last Waltz?
- Don, San Antonio, TX
A much-covered song. Besides Thorogood's, I know of versions by Ronnie Hawkins, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Doors, Bob Seger and a British band called Juicy Lucy.
- Steve, Hamilton, Canada
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