Monday, June 2, 2008

Bo Diddley: December 30 1928 - June 2 2008

I have just heard the news that the great bluesman and rock n roll pioneer Bo Diddley, aka 'The Originator', has passed. He died at home in Archer, Florida of heart failure, aged 79.
Using his signature rectangular guitar to pound out the "Bo Diddley beat", he was there at the very outset of rock n roll that crossed the racial divide, and was a source of inspiration to countless musicians during a musical career than spanned over half a century.
Born Ellas Otha Bates in McComb, Mississippi, he took the surname McDaniel after being adopted by his mother's cousin. After learning the violin as a child, he decided to take up the guitar after hearing John Lee Hooker play. He started out performing on street corners in the early 1950s, recording his first demos in 1954.
Diddley was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1996 and was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, amongst other accolades.
Read more about the seminal Bo Diddley over at Wikipedia and at this website.

Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley

You Can't Judge A Book By the Cover - Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley

The Story of Bo Diddley - The Animals (lyrics)


ZenDenizen said...

I still remember the first time I read about the classic "Bo Diddley" beat after George Michael's Faith was released.

What classic beat will they write about 20 years from now?

Divinyl said...

That, Zen, is a very good question...and the precise reason why this blog is not so much about 'hot new bands' as it is just about music I love, no matter how long it's been around!

I missed the chance to go and see Bo Diddley play live just last year...a chance I will, sadly, never again have.