I Need You Baby (Mona)

Album: The Rolling Stones (1964)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song was written and originally performed Bo Diddley (Ellas McDaniel) in 1958. It contains his signature beat.
  • This was an obscure American R&B song The Stones covered on their first album and played it live at concerts from 1963-1964 and again in 1981. They were the first to bring it to a white audience.
  • Keith Richards: "I've never heard anybody, before or since, get that Bo Diddley thing down. Diddley himself was astounded, saying that Brian was the only cat he knew who'd worked out the secret of it." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2
  • Bruce Springsteen would sometimes perform this at concerts, carrying the Bo Diddley beat into "She's The One."
  • Quicksilver Messenger Service recorded a popular psychedelic version of this song for their 1969 album Happy Trails.
  • Tom Petty and Bo Diddley can be seen doing "Mona" as a duet on Tom Petty's DVD Hight Grass Dogs, which was recorded during Tom Petty's lengthy stint at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California. Bo Diddley was one of the guests who opened the show for Petty during Petty's extended Fillmore appearances. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Willy - Vallejo, DC

Comments: 5

  • Peter from The NetherlandsWhy is this song not on the American version. Instead of it they placed "Not Fade Away". On the remastered cd, they used the American version, so "I Need You Baby (Mona)" is not to find in a remastered version anywhere.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScHa ha craig! Very funny!
  • Craig from Dunedin, New ZealandBo Diddley is Jesus!!! Who were the Stoning Rolls anyway???
  • Frank from Pittsburgh, Pathe smiths copped the opening riff of this song on "how soon is now"
  • Don from Sebastopol, CaQuicksilver Messenger Service also did this song on their "Happy Trails" album. And the entire first side of that record is musical mutations of Bo Diddley's 'Who Do You Love?'.
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