Song composer(s)

Diddley, Bo

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Single : Bo Diddley (1957)
Have Guitar - Will Travel : Bo Diddley (1960)
Road Runner : Bo Diddley (1963)
Tobacco Road : Nashville Teens (1964)
Rolling Stones Now! : Rolling Stones (1965)
Happy Trails : Quicksilver Messenger Service (1969)
Pop Origins : Various Artists (Bo Diddley) (1969)
Got My Own Bag Of Tricks : Bo Diddley (1973)
Workshop : NRBQ (1973)
Chess Masters : Bo Diddley (1981)
His Greatest Sides, Volume 1 : Bo Diddley (1983)
Dinosaurs : Dinosaurs (1988)
Peek-A-Boo - Best Of NRBQ (1969-1989) : NRBQ (1990)
Chess Box Set : Bo Diddley (1990)
Sons Of Mercury (1968-75) : Quicksilver Messenger Service (1991)
Partial Recall : Mick Farren (1992)
Cheap Beer Night : Bad Examples (1993)
Mutiny : Greg Kihn (1994)
His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection) : Bo Diddley (1997)
Chess Blues-Rock Songbook (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection) : Various Artists (Bo Diddley) (1997)
Scrubbers Session : Humble Pie (1997)
Best of Kingfish : Kingfish (1997)
Belfast Beat Maritime Blues : Various Artists (1997)
Saloon Years : Barry Melton (1997)
Christmas at the Patti : Man (19??)
From Nowhere : Troggs (19??)

Performance History

Performed only twice by the Dead on both occasions with guests. First performance on the 25th March 1972 with Bo Diddley. Second performance on 27th October 1991 with Gary Duncan and Carlos Santana.


First recorded by Bo Diddley on 8th February 1957 at the Beltone Studios in New York during the same session as the first recording of Hey Bo Diddley.

The two songs were first issued on the same single in 1957.

Writing credits on records are Ellas McDaniel, real name of Bo Diddley. Often appears incorrectly on recordings and elsewhere as Ellis McDaniels or other variation.

Title is sometimes given as 'Mona (I Need You Baby)'.

Mona was inspired by and dedicated to an exotic dancer with whom Bo Diddley worked in the Flame Show Bar in Detroit in 1956/57.