Road Runner (Bo Diddley song)
"Road Runner" is a 12-bar blues song performed by American rock and roll performer Bo Diddley, originally released as a single by Checker Records in January 1960, and later released on the LP record Bo Diddley in the Spotlight. The song reached #20 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart, and #75 on the Hot 100. The song has since been recorded by many artists.
|Single by Bo Diddley|
|from the album Bo Diddley in the Spotlight|
|Recorded||September 1959 in Chicago, Illinois|
|Genre||Rock and roll, blues|
|Producer(s)||Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Bo Diddley|
|Bo Diddley singles chronology|
The beep-beep chorus of the song clearly references the Roadrunner animated character with its triumphant beep-beep.
Background and recordingEdit
The session(s) for "Road Runner" took place late September 1959 in Chicago, Illinois and backing Diddley (vocals, guitar) were Jerome Green (maracas, backing vocals), Clifton James (drums), guest pianist Otis Spann, Peggy Jones (guitar, backing vocals), and Bobby Baskerville (backing vocals).
Many British Invasion artists have recorded "Road Runner":
- "Road Runner" (as well as "Diddley Daddy") was recorded by the Rolling Stones during one of their first recording sessions at IBC Studios in London, England on March 11, 1963.
- In June 1963, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders released their version of "Road Runner" as the B-side of "Hello Josephine"; an alternate version was released on their “Road Runner” EP in June 1964.
- In March 1965, the Pretty Things released the song on their eponymous debut album. Their version was issued as a single and peaked at no. 11 on the Dutch Singles Chart.
- Also in March 1965, the Zombies released a version on their first album Begin Here.
- In May 1965, the Animals released the song on their second UK release of Animal Tracks.
- In June 1979, a medley of "Road Runner", "Join Together", and "My Generation Blues" was released by the Who on the soundtrack to The Kids Are Alright. The track was actually recorded in December 1975 at the Pontiac Silverdome.The Who covered the song sporadically during the 70's but haven't performed it since 1979
Use in mediaEdit
- "Reviews of This Week's Singles". Billboard: 39. January 25, 1960.
- His Best (Bo Diddley album) (CD liner). Bo Diddley. United States: Chess Records/MCA Records. 1997. CHD-9373.CS1 maint: others (link)
- "Hot R&B Sides". Billboard: 156. April 25, 1960.
- "Bo Diddley - Billboard Singles". allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
- "The Gants - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
- "The Count Victors: Peterborough's first national rock band". DurhamRegion.com. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
- Wyman, Bill; Ray Coleman (1997). Bill Wyman, Stone alone: the story of a rock 'n' roll band. Da Capo Press. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-306-80783-1.
- "Mazda SKYACTIV Technology TV Campaign". youtube.com. Retrieved February 16, 2012.