Is a Session Man: Studio Work 1955-57

Is a Session Man: Studio Work 1955-57

by Bo Diddley


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Is a Session Man: Studio Work 1955-57

Bo Diddley brought churning African and Caribbean rhythms into the DNA of rock & roll, and his edgy, offbeat stage style, coupled with his fuzzed-out, driving guitar rhythms, make him a too-often unsung godfather to everything that followed in his wake, from rock to rap. He was also a wonderfully eccentric songwriter, a versatile session musician, a pretty good talent scout, and an experienced producer in the recording studio, all of which made him a valuable commodity for Chess Records in the late 1950s. This interesting set collects tracks Bo either wrote, produced or played on for Chess between 1955 and 1957, and it shows a revealing mix of gritty Chicago blues, ragged street corner doo wop, and deep south country twang on eccentric sides like "Hey Little School Girl," "Roller Coaster," and the odd "Wyatt Earp," among others. Some of these cuts are crude acetate transfers, so the sound here isn't always ideal, making this a set mostly for collectors and archivists, but it's still a fun listen. Oh, and check out the Marquees -- a pre-fame Marvin Gaye is one of the vocalists.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2012
Label: Jerome Records
UPC: 8436006676031
catalogNumber: 1

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bo Diddley   Primary Artist,Guitar
Billy Boy Arnold   Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Double Bass
Little Walter   Harmonica,Vocals
Marvin Gaye   Background Vocals
Jody Williams   Guitar
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
James Bradford   Double Bass
Panama Francis   Drums
Jerome Green   Maracas
Clifton James   Drums
Otis Spann   Piano
Billy Stewart   Piano,Vocals
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Chester Simmons   Background Vocals
Reese Palmer   Background Vocals
James Nolan   Background Vocals
Marquees   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy Boy Arnold   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Vocal Group
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Chester Simmons   Vocal Group
Reese Palmer   Vocal Group
Walter Jacobs   Composer
James Nolan   Vocal Group
Ethan Nelson   Photo Courtesy
George R. White   Liner Notes
Liam Harte   Photo Courtesy
Néstor Bayona   Photo Courtesy

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