Bo Diddley played this song with the Grateful Dead on 25 March 1972.
There's a lot of confusion between this song and Hey Bo Diddley. The song Bo Diddley sang with the Dead is definitely this one, even though the title given on Dick's Picks 30 is "Hey Bo Diddley." The version by the Dead themselves on 23 May 1972 seems to be fragments from both songs, though it too is titled "Hey Bo Diddley" on "Steppin' Out."
According to the liner notes from the Bo Diddley recording I've got:
Together with harmonicat Billy Boy Arnold, Bo had started writing original songs, and they eventually cut a dub acetate of two of Bo's strongest, "I'm A Man" and "Dirty Motherf*cker", which they hawked around ... Leonard Chess liked both songs - with due reservations about the latter's lyrics - and they were called into Chess's studios on March 2 1955, where, with Otis Spann joining them on piano, they duly cut "I'm A Man" and "Bo Diddley" (as the "Motherf*cker" was now called).Thanks to Mark De Anda for supplying me with the lyrics printed with the original Bo Diddley LP - they help decipher what it is Bo Diddley sang with the Dead:
Bo Diddley bought his babe a diamond ringNotes
If that diamond ring don't shine
He gonna take it to a private eye
If that private eye can't see
He'd better not take that ring from me
Bo Diddley bought a nanny goat
To make his pretty baby a Sunday coat
Bo Diddley bought a bear cat
To make his pretty baby a Sunday hat
Mojo come to my house, ya black cat bone
Take my baby away from home
Ugly ole mojo, where's ya bin
Up your house and gone again
Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley have you heard?
My pretty baby said she was a bird (note 1)
My pretty baby said she was a bird
|Grateful Dead Recordings|
|25 Mar 1972||Dick's Picks Vol 30 (note 2)|
|23 May 1972||Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 (note 2)|