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Mr. Khruschev: Bo Diddley [1962]

The genre of Cold War music could be considered complete without this track featuring Bo Diddley weighing in with a number performed with his trademark beat. This song, sung in the cadence of a drill instructor, pledges solidarity with President Kennedy and serves as a musical warning to the Soviet Premier.

Born Ellas McDaniel in McComb, Mississippi in 1928, the R&B artist is considered one of the major pioneers of rock 'n' roll. Diddley, who was adopted, grew up in Chicago after his family moved there in 1934. It was in Chicago that Diddley taught himself how to play guitar and played in a school band. He convinced the Chess brothers to record him in 1955 and subsequently had eleven R&B hits, many employing the famous 'Bo Diddley Beat.' These songs include Bo Diddley, I'm A Man, Diddley Daddy, Say Man, Road Runner and You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover. On the strength of his hits, the artist appeared on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and toured with a Dick Clark show. Diddley continues to tour to this day.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Mr. Khruschev: Bo Diddley [1962]

(Hut 2, 3, 4, hut 2, 3, 4, hut 2, 3, 4, hut, 2, 3, 4)

I think I want to go to the army (Hut 2, 3, 4)
I think I want to go overseas(Hut 2, 3, 4)
I want to see Khrushchev (Hut 2, 3, 4)
I want to see him all by myself (Hut 2, 3, 4)

Refrain: Hey, Khrushchev (Hey, Khrushchev)
Hey, Khrushchev (Hey, Khrushchev)
Hey, Khrushchev (Hey, Khrushchev)
Hey, Khrushchev (Hey, Khrushchev)

He don't believe that water's wet
If he did he could've stopped those tests (Hut 2, 3, 4)
JFK can't do it by his self (Hut 2, 3, 4)
C'mon fellas, let's give him a little help (Hut 2, 3, 4)

Refrain
We as Americans to understand (Hut 2, 3, 4)
We got to unite and protect our land
We got to keep us on alert (Hut 2, 3, 4)
To keep our families from getting hurt

Refrain

We fightin' over a six-wheel bus
My bald-headed crew just parked on up

Refrain

Hut, 2, 3, 4, yeah! (Drill chatter) Get in line there! Lord have mercy! Get inline and walk right! Your mom can't help you now! Ain't nothing like home!

Bo Diddley [1962]
Mr. Khruschev
(E. McDaniel)
Checker LP 2984 'Bo Diddley'

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