Choba B CCCP (Russian Album) artwork: Paul MccartneyWritten by: McDaniel
Recorded: 21 July 1987
Producer: Paul McCartney

Released: 31 October 1988 (USSR), 30 September 1991 (UK), 29 October 1991 (US)

Available on:
Choba B CCCP
Tripping The Live Fantastic


Paul McCartney: vocals, guitar
Mick Gallagher: piano, keyboards
Nick Garvey: vocals, bass guitar
Henry Spinetti: drums, percussion

Paul McCartney recorded a version of Bo Diddley’s ‘Crackin’ Up’ for his 1988 album Choba B CCCP.

Written by Diddley under his birth name Ellas McDaniel, it was released as his fifth single in 1959. ‘Crackin’ Up’ reached number 14 on the US Billboard R&B chart.

The Beatles performed a version of the song on 3 January 1969 during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions.

McCartney’s version was taped on 21 July 1987 at his Hog Hill Mill studio, along with at least three other songs: ‘Ain’t That A Shame’, ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’, and ‘I Wanna Cry’.

A live version of ‘Crackin’ Up’, recorded at the Forum in Los Angeles on 23 November 1989, was released on the Tripping The Live Fantastic album.