The Daily Cut: George Thorogood “Who Do You Love?”

George Thorogood:Who Do You Love?”

ALBUMS: Move It On Over, Live

YEAR: (studio) 1978, (live) 1986

WRITER: Bo Diddley

Never a single, but another cut from a gold album that got FM rock radio airplay before Billboard had an album rock radio chart.

George Thorogood tells us “Who Do You Love?” was just another cover from his live show, and one that had already been done by another band to boot — San Francisco’s Quicksilver Messenger Service. Rock radio, though, picked up on it anyway. “‘Who Do You Love?’ was just a song that I had known for years. And we went into the studio making our second record and, you know, our second record was like our second string. They weren’t my first choices of the music that I wanted to play to break me, ’cause if I had, no one would even have ever listened. They’d say, ‘”Who Do You Love?”’, Quicksilver is on it. Next!’ So I had to do something that was different. ‘Who Do You Love?’ was just another song in our repertoire that Rounder, you know, they liked the way I did it.”

George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ Live album, which was kicked off by “Who Do You Love?,” was released 30 years ago today (September 1st, 1986).

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