Bo Diddley - LOVE IS STRANGE

First performance: 25/02/1988


Coverinfo

Springsteen started to include a snippet of the song in the outro to "Part Man, Part Monkey" during the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour.
 
Starting from 3:19 : "Sylvia,how do u call your lover boy " 
 
 
 
Performed live 49 times as a snippet.

1999-05-18 Earls Court, London, England
1999-05-16 NEC Arena, Birmingham, England
1999-05-01 Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, England
1999-04-28 Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
1999-04-26 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
1988-06-25 Wembley Stadium, London, England
1988-05-23 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1988-05-22 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1988-05-19 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1988-05-18 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1988-05-16 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1988-05-13 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN
1988-05-10 Met Center, Bloomington, MN
1988-05-09 Met Center, Bloomington, MN
1988-05-06 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
1988-05-05 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
1988-05-03 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
1988-05-02 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
1988-04-28 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1988-04-27 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1988-04-25 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1988-04-23 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1988-04-22 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1988-04-20 McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO
1988-04-17 St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO
1988-04-15 Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
1988-04-13 Summit (The), Houston, TX
1988-04-12 Summit (The), Houston, TX
1988-04-05 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1988-04-04 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1988-04-02 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
1988-04-01 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
1988-03-29 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
1988-03-28 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
1988-03-26 Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
1988-03-23 Omni (The), Atlanta, GA
1988-03-22 Omni (The), Atlanta, GA
1988-03-20 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
1988-03-17 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1988-03-16 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1988-03-14 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1988-03-13 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1988-03-09 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1988-03-08 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1988-03-04 Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, Chapel Hill, NC
1988-03-03 Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, Chapel Hill, NC
1988-02-29 Centrum In Worcester, Worcester, MA
1988-02-28 Centrum In Worcester, Worcester, MA
1988-02-25 Centrum In Worcester, Worcester, MA 
 

Songinfo

"Love Is Strange" is a crossover hit by American rhythm and blues duet Mickey & Sylvia, which was released in late November 1956 by the Groove record label. The song was based on a guitar riff by Jody Williams. The song was written by Bo Diddley under the name of his wife at the time, Ethel Smith, and was first recorded by Bo.
The guitar riff was also used by Dave "Baby" Cortez in his 1962 instrumental song "Rinky Dink", also credited to Diddley. At a concert at Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Mickey and Sylvia heard Jody Williams play a guitar riff that Williams had played on Billy Stewart's debut single "Billy's Blues". "Billy's Blues" was released as a single in June 1956 and the instrumentation combined a regular blues styling with Afro-Cuban styling. Sylvia Robinson claims that she and Mickey Baker wrote the lyrics, while Bo Diddley claims that he wrote them. The first recorded version of "Love Is Strange" was performed by Bo Diddley, who recorded his version on May 24, 1956 with Jody Williams on lead guitar. This version was not released until its appearance on I'm a Man: The Chess Masters, 1955–1958 in 2007. Mickey & Sylvia's version was recorded several months later on October 17, 1956. 
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Love, love is strange
Lot of people take it for a game
Once you get it
You never wanna quit, no no
After you've had it, yeah yeah
You're in an awful fix
Many people
Don't understand, no no
They think loving, yeah yeah
Is money in the hand
Your sweet loving
Is better than a kiss, yeah yeah
When you leave me
Sweet kisses I miss

(Silvia...)
Yes Mickey?
(How do you call your loverboy?)
Come 'ere loverboy!
(And if he doesnt answer?)
Oh, loverboy!
(And if he STILL doesnt answer?)
I simply say
Baby
Ohh baby
My sweet baby
You're the one

Baby
Ohh baby
My sweet baby
You're the one