Item #4614 Spring Weekend 1959. Bo Diddley.

Spring Weekend 1959

Item #4614

1959, USA. Checker

Recorded live in front of the Sigma Pi fraternity and their friends in 1959, this
might be the ultimate live artifact of tough fifties rock & roll that I’ve heard to date
– the raunch supersedes the mighty raunch-roar of Bo Diddley’s Beach Party
which is no small feat. The LP was published by the frat as a fund raiser, and
was an almost unheard of rarity until its recent reissue. The story has it that Bo
Diddley and the band had to stay at the house of a Cornell professor as there
wasn’t a local hotel that accommodated African-Americans, and that the demand
of tickets was so high that the fraternity had to rent a local Veteran’s Hall. The
recording sounds like it took place in front of a huge roaring crowd, and Bo’s
band is 100% on fre this night.


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