January 1958

6o years ago

60 years ago today (Monday), Bo Diddley held his second recording session at the recently opened Chess Records studio, 2120 S Michigan Ave. in Chicago, IL. (His first at 2120 had been the previous August). Among the tracks recorded were his instrumentals, “Bo’s Guitar” and “The Clock Strikes Twelve”, plus “Hush Your Mouth” and “Dearest Darling”, plus “Say Man”, a novelty street corner conversation on which Bo Diddley and Jerome Green traded good natured insults over an infectious shuffle rhythm. Released as a single in August 1959, “Say Man” climbed to #3 on the R&B chart and to #20 on the Hot 100. (Pic: The Dynamic Duo: Bo Diddley (rocket tail guitar) and Jerome Green (maracas) shaking it up on-stage with the Buddy Johnson Big Band, circa 1958.)

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