Have Guitar Will Travel

Have Guitar Will Journey is the third studio album by rock and roll pioneer and blues icon Bo Diddley. It was launched on the Checker Data label in 1960.

The entrance cowl of Diddley’s album shows a white calling card much like that which Richard Boone’s Have Gun – Will Journey character Paladin carried and gave out on each episode of the collection. The placement was Livingston Road, Brooklyn, New York Metropolis[8]

Historical past

The music “Cops and Robbers” was launched as an A-side of Checker single #850 in November 1956;[6] the B-side “Down House Particular” didn’t seem on this album. The music “Mona (I Want You Child)” was launched because the B-side to “Hey! Bo Diddley” in October 1957, the A-side showing on the album Bo Diddley in 1958. “Say Man, Again Once more” was launched as a single in November 1959.[7] The remainder of the songs had been album-only releases, though an edited model of “She’s Alright”, missing vocal overdubs, had appeared because the B-side of “Say Man, Again Once more.”

Cowl variations

A number of songs on Have Guitar Will Journey had been lined by many British Invasion bands.[9] Initially recorded and launched in 1956 by Boogaloo and his Gallant Crew led by singer Kent Harris (reissued on the Highway Songs assortment by Frémeaux et Associés), “Cops and Robbers” was recorded by The Rolling Stones, The Masters Apprentices, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Downliners Sect, and George Thorogood.

Observe itemizing

All tracks are written by Ellas McDaniel, besides the place famous.

Facet one
No. Title Author(s) Size
1. “She’s Alright”   3:56
2. “Cops and Robbers” Kent Harris 3:21
3. “Run Diddley Daddy”   2:36
4. “Mumblin’ Guitar”   2:49
5. “I Want You Child”   2:18
Whole size: 15:00[5]
Facet two
No. Title Size
1. “Say Man, Again Once more” 2:53
2. “Nursery Rhyme” 2:43
3. “I Love You So” 2:20
4. “Spanish Guitar” 3:58
5. “Dancing Lady” 2:17
6. “Come On Child” 2:52
Whole size: 17:03[5]


Per liner notes[2][3][4]

  • Bo Diddley – vocals, guitar
  • Jerome Inexperienced – co-lead vocals on “Say Man, Again Once more”, maracas, background vocals
  • Peggy Jones – guitar, background vocals
  • Willie Dixon – bass
  • Clifton James – drums
  • Frank Kirkland – drums
  • Jody Williams – guitar
  • Lafayette Leake – piano
  • Lester Davenport – harmonica on “Spanish Guitar”


“Say Man, Again Once more” reached #23 on the R&B Singles chart.[10]

Launch historical past

Area Date Label Format Catalog
United States January 1960 Checker Data LP LP-2974
United States 1984 Chess Data LP CH-9187
Cassette CHC-9187

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