Say Man

“Say Man” b/w “The Clock Strikes Twelve” by Bo Diddley on Checker 931 was a surprise hit when it was released in August 1959.  About this song Bo Diddley told Rolling Stone magazine, “Although it sounds like a spur-of-the-moment jam, Diddley maintained it was written down long before it was recorded. ‘A lot of the things I did in the Chess studios, we were just goofin’ around,’ he said. ‘They played it back, and it shocked all of us! Of course, they cut out all the dirty parts.'”

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Beatniks

I’m not sure whether or not this belongs or not, but here it is:  From sometime in 1960 Kimbo 166 is supposed to be a jazz release titled “Beatniks,” although I have not heard it.  The A side is a vocal by Lynn Roberts, and the B side is apparently an instrumental version “arranged and conducted by Andrew Lesko.”  But the reason I’m not sure I should have it on this blog is because it is probably for dancing lessons!

Don’t Mess With My Man

“Don’t Mess With My Man” b/w “Set Me Free” was released on Ron 328 in December 1959.  The December 14, 1959 issue of Billboard magazine gave this description:  “The chick shouts with a determined message:  You can have my husband, but please don’t mess with my man.  Good beat, and wild honking horns; but unsuited for radio.”  Now why did they say that?  The first time I ever heard it was on the radio – on the Sunday night radio show that Alan Lee used to do on WQSR in Baltimore.  Also note that the copy shown here has been autographed by Irma!