“I’m A Man” Performed by The Yardbirds (1964) & Bo Diddley (1955)

March 29, 2012

#17 Pop

This first paragraph for The Yardbirds Wiki page sums up this group better that I could …

 The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including “For Your Love”, “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Heart Full of Soul”. The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top five of Rolling Stone’s 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton as #2, Page as #3, and Beck at #5). A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, The Yardbirds were pioneers in guitar innovations of the 1960s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification, etc. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that the Yardbirds were “the most impressive guitar band in rock music”. After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, their current lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin. (SOURCE LINK)

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#1 R&B

Composed and performed by Bo Diddley, this original version of  “I’m a Man”  went straight to the top of the R&B charts, making this Bo’s the second number one single in 1955.

Do you see the pattern here? Well let me explain it in case you missed it …

Rhythm and Blues artists couldn’t get the radio air play to make it on the POPular music charts in the early days of Rock and Roll. But this fabulous music was pushed to the top of the R&B charts and loved and respected by the British youth.

The British revered this music and the artists making it so very much that they covered it an made in even more popular in Britain. These cover versions  regurgitated the music back to the USA where the (some times) watered down versions topped the pop charts and the originals were still confined to the R&B and/or Blues charts.

Musical ping=pong between USA-UK-USA! Is it becoming clearer now?

So that is why, even though this month’s musical theme for my posts was to be “The British Invasion”, due to the nature of the song selections by the British artists  the secondary theme turned out to be “Covers That Hit!”  So this month OSML has given you a two for one special with each post.  :-)

Musically Yours,



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