I mentioned Bo Diddley the other day and realized I hadn’t ever done a post about him. He was born Ellas Otha Bates but he took his stage name from a musician friend of his mother’s. Rolling Stone Magazine named him in its list of 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time for his pioneering work in rock and roll. The song today is “Bo Diddley” which was Bo’s first single. It spent 18 weeks at the top of the R&B charts and the song itself is listed at #62 in Billboard’s Top 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
The rhythm of this song comes from the African Juba Dance (aka Hambone) but the words are derived from the traditional lullaby “Hush Little Baby.” Everyone who has ever heard the “Hush Little Baby” song has made up hilarious (and possibly off-color) new lyrics. Everyone. Some may try to deny having musically purchased alcohol, tobacco, firearms and other assorted vices for infants because giving such items to actual children is naughty. But, if “Rock-A-Bye Baby” has taught us anything, it’s that (fictional) reckless child endangerment is acceptable and even adorable as long as it’s in lullaby form.