The record, on Herb Alpert’s A&M label was produced by David Gates (Bread). The history of the band and lead, Don Glen Vliet, is replete with tales of sex, drugs, blues, free jazz, and rock ‘n roll.
There was Vliet’s friendship with Frank Zappa, and the band’s popularity among celebs and music notables such as David Byrne and Kurt Cobain. Tom Waits’ shift in artistic direction, starting with 1983’s Swordfishtrombones, was, Waits claims, a result of his wife Kathleen Brennan introducing him to Van Vliet’s music. “Once you’ve heard Beefheart”, said Waits, “it’s hard to wash him out of your clothes. It stains, like coffee or blood.” [Tom Waits had such a way with words].
There was a lot of rancor between Vliet and the band members, caused to a large degree by Vliet’s abusive nature, according to stories. “A psychedelic shaman who frequently bullied his musicians and sometimes alarmed his fans…” Check Wikipedia for more.
If you have a good stereo system at home or in your car, this song will rattle the doors!
Captain Beefheart – Diddy Wah Diddy  (2:26)
An early rendition of the song was performed by Arthur “Blind” Blake back in 1929. Blake recorded about 80 tracks for Paramount Records from 1926 to 1932.Arthur “Blind” Blake – Diddy Wah Diddy (2:56)
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band are featured here on American Bandstand, in an odd phone-in interview, conducted by a 17 year old high school girl. One wonders why the band wasn’t booked to appear in person, and why Dick Clark chose not to conduct that interview.