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A Goodbye To Bo Diddley
Hugely influential guitarist and rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley passed away today at the age of 79.

Many know Diddley from his cameo in the classic Bo Jackson Nike ads, but he is incredibly important to the history of popular music. He was known for his use of a custom square shaped guitar and the so called "Bo Diddley beat."

Bo is often mentioned as an influence to such musical giants as Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Thorogood, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Jack White and even Elvis Presley.

He is one of my favorite axe men of all time and will be missed. If there's a rock and roll heaven, you know they have a helluva band.


R.I.P.

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6 Comments

'Bo Diddley put the rock in Rock and Roll'

said E on June 2, 2008 10:12 PM.

That he did, my friend. That he did.

said Johnny Wright on June 2, 2008 10:43 PM.

Bo knows Jesus now.

said Dave on June 2, 2008 11:19 PM.

A sound is gone.

said Don't Swayze Bro on June 3, 2008 12:10 PM.

If Bo could have copywritten that beat, he would have been a rich, rich man. Every rock band known to man has played that beat. He was one of a kind.

said pdxme on June 3, 2008 6:12 PM.

Ain't that the gospel truth, pdxme. The gospel truth.

said Johnny Wright on June 3, 2008 7:27 PM.
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