Tracks

Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover

Bo Diddley

You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover

Checker Records

Release Date: July 3rd, 1962

Words by: Yasmin Wilding
June 30th, 2012

There's no denying the blistering tempo and signature sound of Bo Diddley's guitar playing in 'you can't judge a book by the cover'. Diddley's unique take on rock n' roll as present on this track is of the no nonsense kind: simplistic lyrics that are proclaimed, not crooned; vocals greatly projected with a rhythm and blues twang; and a raw but buoyant guitar sound.

It's a track that presents itself entirely without complexity, yet it possesses a power that would have wowed live audiences in 1962, and paved the way for many other artists to follow suit.

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