Who Do You Love – George Thorogood & The Destroyers | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#33); 1979

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

George Thorogood’s set list always includes covers of artists who have influenced him such as, John Lee Hooker and Chuck Berry, among others. John’s first career choice was minor league baseball, then in 1970 when he caught bluesman John Hammond in concert. Three years later George had assembled his own blues/rock outfit, The Destroyers, in his native Delaware, then moved them to Boston where there were more opportunities to play with the stars. After recording a batch of demos (later released as Better Than The Rest), the band scored a record deal and released a self-titled album in 1977. Undaunted by its failure to chart, George continued his active touring schedule and came with a second effort in 1978. Move It On Over, the title track, and Who Do You Love, a song that originally appeared on Bo Diddley‘s 1957 album, received extensive FM radio airplay.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Leonard Chess
  • Phil Chess
  • Bo Diddley

Lyrics Written by:

  • Originally written and recorded by the blues musician Bo Diddley