Bo Diddley - Love is strange

First performance: 25/02/1988


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

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
1988-05-22 Madison Square Garden, New York City
1988-05-19 Madison Square Garden, New York City
1988-05-18 Madison Square Garden, New York City
1988-05-16 Madison Square Garden, New York City
1988-05-13 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis
1988-05-10 Met Center, Bloomington
1988-05-09 Met Center, Bloomington
1988-05-06 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma
1988-05-05 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma
1988-05-03 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
1988-05-02 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
1988-04-28 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1988-04-27 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1988-04-25 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1988-04-23 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1988-04-22 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, LA
1988-04-20 McNichols Sports Arena, Denver
1988-04-17 St. Louis Arena, St. Louis
1988-04-15 Frank Erwin Center, Austin
1988-04-13 Summit (The), Houston
1988-04-12 Summit (The), Houston
1988-04-05 Capital Centre, Largo
1988-04-04 Capital Centre, Largo
1988-04-02 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale
1988-04-01 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale
1988-03-29 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
1988-03-28 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
1988-03-26 Rupp Arena, Lexington
1988-03-23 Omni (The), Atlanta
1988-03-22 Omni (The), Atlanta
1988-03-20 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh
1988-03-17 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont
1988-03-16 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont
1988-03-14 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield
1988-03-13 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield
1988-03-09 Spectrum, Philadelphia
1988-03-08 Spectrum, Philadelphia
1988-03-04 Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, Chapel Hill
1988-03-03 Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, Chapel Hill
1988-02-29 Centrum In Worcester, Worcester
1988-02-28 Centrum In Worcester, Worcester
1988-02-25 Centrum In Worcester, Worcester


"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


Bo Diddley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.Bruce had one performance with Bo Diddley during the second annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony. Bruce gives a stirring induction speech for Roy Orbison and then duets with him on "Oh, Pretty Woman" during the jam. Other inductees include Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, and Smokey Robinson. Performers during the jam, along with Bruce and Orbison, include Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, and more.


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

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
Ohh baby
My sweet baby
You're the one

Ohh baby
My sweet baby
You're the one