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“Ooh Baby”/”Wrecking My Love Life”: Bo Diddley, Song Surgeon

In a re-match of three blues heavyweights – Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Bo Diddley (taking Little Walter’s place) – The Super Super Blues Band from 1968 on Chess is classic stuff.  One of the blues deejays on DC’s WPFW (possibly Bill Wax) once played the album’s second track, which really tickled my ear, so I poked around a little and discovered that, sure enough – just like it says on the track listing – this song really is a fusion of two Bo Diddley songs:  “Ooh Baby” (from 1966) and “Wrecking My Love Life” (from 1967):

Album recorded in Chicago in September 1967 – issued January 26, 1968 on Checker.

Bo Diddley:  vocals, guitar

Howlin’ Wolf:  vocals, harmonica

Muddy Waters:  vocals, guitar

Otis Spann:  piano

Hubert Sumlin:  guitar

Buddy Guy:  bass

Clifton James:  drums

Cookie Vee:  vocals, tambourine

This album is a follow-up of sorts to the previous year’s Super Blues album with Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and Little Walter that was recorded January 1967 at Chicago’s Ter Mar Studios.  If you scan all the different releases of this album worldwide, you will see that Russia finally got on board in 2003.

By the way, if you search 45Cat‘s database and try to get Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Bo Diddley in the same room at the same time, you will find exactly exactly one recording:  a French Chess 45 from 1968.


Cookie Vee, Bo Diddley & Dave Myers

Montreux, 1972

(image courtesy of Bob Corritore)

Bo Diddley, Cookie Vee & Dave Myers @ Montreaux 1972


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