Lyrically, the song makes mention of the mythical town of Diddy Wah Diddy. It was not unusual in the early part of the 20th century for African Americans in the southern states particularly in Florida to speak of various mythical cities Diddy Wah Diddy - Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Diddy Wah Diddy Cool Smoke - Various - Knock Out Ska such as Beluthahatchie, Ginny Gall,  Diddy Wah Diddy and West Hell as if they were real.
Botkin has noted that Diddy Wah Diddy was "the largest and best known of the Negro mythical places. The song is often confused with Blind Blake 's similarly titled song, "Diddie Wa Diddie", which was also covered by various bands and artists mostly under the name "Diddy Wah Diddy".
Around the same time as the Captain Beefheart version, in mid, The Remainsfrom Boston, released a garage rock version of the song which became a hit in the East Coast charts.
The Sonics covered the Crazy Boogie - Vidulesku - Dance Voyage Sketches as a garage rock version aroundand it was included in the release of Maintaining My Cool and the Sundazed reissue of the album Introducing the Sonics.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers covered the song in a rendition of the track which is available on their compilation live album The Live Anthology. Indianapolis post-punk electronic band Last Four 4 Digits covered the song on a local sampler Red Snerts released in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved University of California Press. David Blakey. Bo Diddley. United States : Hip-O Select. Archived from the original on Pantheon Books. Crown Books. Infobase Publishing.
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