10 Times Artists Went Sparring: Round 2 – Bo Diddley Vs Muddy Waters

Over the next 9 days Musicvein will be delving into song controversy -looking back at the artists who responded to the songs of other musicians and how it all went down.

Long before Frankee and Eamon started trading blows on the same piece of music, artists in the 50’s were also spraying spittle on each others tracks – take Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley for instance.

In 1955 Bo Diddley released his debut single ‘I’m a Man’, which was inspired by Muddy Waters‘ earlier hit ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’.

Not to be outdone by his younger counterpart, Water’s recorded an answer song to Diddley entitled ‘Mannish Boy’ a pun for Diddley being younger than himself.

Though now inducted in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Water’s ‘Mannish Boy’ never did hit the chart top spot, as Diddley‘s ‘I’m a Man’ did – thus proving that Bo Diddley was indeed the Man!.

Are you a Man or Mannish? Round 3 tomorrow

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