I’m a Man

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I’M A MAN (Bo Diddley)
“I’m a Man”  is a rhythm and blues song written and recorded by Bo Diddley in 1955.  A moderately slow number with a stop-time figure, it was inspired by an earlier blues song and became a number one U.S. R&B chart hit.  (More from Wikipedia)
Many of Bo Diddley’s songs were hits for others, notably “I’m a Man” by the Yardbirds; there was even a completely ridiculous rumor that Bo Diddley specifically wrote I’m a Man for the Yardbirds, even though “I’m a Man” was actually the “B” side of his very first single back in 1955
(December 2012)
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Rollin’ Stone by Muddy Waters is a bridge from the raw blues of Robert Johnson directly to rock and roll; while it is basically a straight blues song, there are startling changes in the beat and cadences over the course of Rollin’ Stone.  Within the blues world, it is a direct antecedent to Muddy Waters1954 recording of the Willie Dixon song “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” (Steppenwolf included “Hoochie Coochie Man” on their 1968 debut album Steppenwolf, among numerous other covers by various rock musicians), Bo Diddley’s I’m a Man (1955), and Waters’ answer “Mannish Boy” (also in 1955).  I suppose that Bo and Muddy had a pretty good rivalry going back then, but on several occasions, I saw a performance of “I’m a Man” by Muddy Waters in later life on a series of films on TV called Living Legends of the Blues – that rendition even leaves the cover of I’m a Man by the Yardbirds in the dust.

(March 2014/1)
Last edited: March 22, 2021