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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.  A local radio blues show 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

Bo Diddley, Cookie Vee & Dave Myers @ Montreaux 1972

       Cookie Vee, Bo Diddley & Dave Myers at Montreux, 1972

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