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Rolling Stones songs: Crackin’ Up (live)
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I used to do your cookin’, your laundry too/ Now what more for a woman could a man like me do…
Written by: McDaniel
Recorded: El Mocambo, Toronto, Canada, March 4-5 1977
Gust musicians: Ollie Brown (percussion), Billy Preston (keyboards)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
Bo Diddley’s woman is driving him crazy in this song, so much so that he’s crackin’ up. He spoiled her long ago, and now she expects royal treatment – he even does her laundry! It’s quite a contrast from his 1955 his “I’m A Man.”
Musicians on this track include Willie Dixon on upright bass and Jerome Greene on maracas.
This is a very tricky song to figure out on guitar, according to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Gibbons, who included it on his second solo album The Big Bad Blues in 2018, told Songfacts: “Bo’s upside down/inside out guitar intro required many hours of figuring. When finally accomplished, there was much cause for celebration. You may think you know Bo but you’ve got to be severely analytical to really know, know, know Bo.”
Paul McCartney included this on his 1988 covers album CHOBA B CCCP (“Back in the USSR”), which was issued in the Soviet Union. The Rolling Stones included a version performed at a concert in Toronto on their 1977 album Love You Live.
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Bo Diddley began his collaboration with the Chess brothers on the LP Go
Bo Diddley. Issued on the Checker label in July 1959, the album is arguably
the best to be produced by this pioneer of modern blues and rock ’n’ roll. It
certainly includes some of the best numbers in his repertoire, including
“You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t Care).” “Crackin’ Up,” recorded with
Willie Dixon (bass), Jerome Green (maracas), Clifton James or Frank
Kirkland (drums), and the Carnations (also known as the Teardrops) on
backing vocals, is certainly not Diddley’s most well-known song. But it has
an enticing air about it that probably explains why the Stones chose to
perform it for their audience in El Mocambo. It was, in fact, a revival since
the song had already been on the set list for their BBC show on July 17, 1964.
The song is about a couple’s relationship difficulties, the man
complaining, You’re always hollerin’ bout where I’ve been /
You’re always screaming bout the money I spend.
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