Inspired by an earlier blues song, it was one of his first hits. In a Rolling Stone magazine interview, Bo Diddley recounts that the song took a long time to record because of confusion regarding the timing of the "M N" vocal chorus. Their versions feature their signature "rave-up" arrangement, when the beat shifts into double time and the instrumentation builds to a crescendo. Beck added a "scratch-picking"  technique to The Yardbirds - Im A Man a percussive effect during the song's instrumental section, which critic Cub Koda notes "provides the climax on the studio version of 'I'm a Man', perhaps the most famous Yardbirds rave-up of all".
Diddley praised their cover as "beautiful"  and it has been called "a defining moment for the band". In addition to the live version with Clapton, other live versions include those with Jeff Beck Yardbirds Inthe song along with the self-named A-side song " Bo Diddley " was added to the Library of Congress 's National Recording Registry list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" American sound recordings.
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