Who Do You Love?

Album: Greatest Hits (1957)
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Songfacts®:

  • 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 song.

Comments: 18

  • Raymond Welsh from Birkenhead, Wirral, UkWhy did Bo Diddley make two different versions of the same song? The one in question is "Who Do You Love". One version is from the soundtrack movie 'La Bamba'.
  • Kathy from AzQuicksilver Messenger Service covered Who Do You Love...fantastic, fantastic guitar...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 5th 1967, the Woolies' covered version of "Who Do You Love" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #97, the following week it stayed at #97, and then on its third week on the chart it peaked at #95 and that was also its last week on the Top 100...
    It was the Lansing, Michigan quintet’s only Top 100 record.
  • Robert from Atlanta, GaI thought the Rolling Stones covered this song.
  • Dogawful from New Orleans, LaIs it 'Graveyard Mine' or 'Graveyard Mind'?

    Tombstone hand and a graveyard mine, just 22 and I don't mind dying....
  • Fred from Laurel, MdBTW, for any who might not know, an "ice wagon" is a hearse.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdYou 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."
  • Nico from Amstelveen, NetherlandsApart 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!
  • Joe from Perth, Australialos lobos with bo for the la bamba movie at the start with ritchies brother riding his motorbike
  • Ressie from Medford, OrThis 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.
  • Alvin from Hinsdale, IlTownes Van Zandt, the great songwriter, also covered "Who Do You Love?".
  • Malicious Matt from SquatneyJust one of the coolest songs ever written. Love the lyrics!
  • Warrinder from A Town, CanadaThe Doors did it live.
  • Nicole from Hampstead, Ncyeah didnt the doors cover this song also???
  • Rick from San Juan, United StatesThe Woolies did a "garage" cover of "Who Do You Love" in 1966.
  • Jason Lee from New York, NyYes he does.
  • Don from San Antonio, TxDoesn't Ronnie Hawkins play it in The Last Waltz?
  • Steve from Hamilton, CanadaA 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.
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