Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Monday, June 2, 2008

Bo Diddley Dead At 79

Today we've lost a Rock 'n' Roll pioneer. Bo Diddley died today surrounded by family and loved ones in Archer, Florida. The cause of death was heart failure.

Inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Bo Diddley's amazing guitar playing has been imitated repeatedly for decades by many rock legends. His signature beat (which eventually became known as the Bo Diddley beat) laid the foundation for rock 'n' roll.

According to CNN, "among the artists who made use of the Bo Diddley beat were Buddy Holly ("Not Fade Away," later covered by the Rolling Stones), Johnny Otis ("Willie and the Hand Jive"), the Yardbirds (covering Diddley's "I'm a Man" and adding their own guitar stylings to the closing bars, which were later incorporated into the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction"), the Strangeloves ("I Want Candy"), Bruce Springsteen ("She's the One"), U2 ("Desire") and George Michael ("Faith"). Hundreds of artists have covered Diddley songs."

Rest in peace Bo Diddley and my condolences to his family.

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