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Old 06-02-08, 11:23 AM
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Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies at age 79

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Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies at age 79
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) A spokeswoman says rock pioneer Bo Diddley has died. He was 79.

The spokeswoman says Diddley died of heart failure Monday. He had suffered a heart attack in August 2007, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa.

Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.

Diddley was known for his homemade square guitar, dark glasses and black hat.

His first single, "Bo Diddley," introduced record buyers in 1955 to his signature rhythm: bomp ba-bomp bomp, bomp bomp, often summarized as "shave and a haircut, two bits." The B side, "I'm a Man," with its slightly humorous take on macho pride, also became a rock standard.
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A giant. RIP.
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Man, what a loss. They don't make 'em like Bo Diddley any more. Without Bo, there's no such thing as Rock and Roll or any of the various genres that spun off of it over the last 50 years.
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One of the greats.

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I know he has not been well over the last year, but this really knocked the wind out of me. I saw him perform in the UK back in the eighties and he was incredible. Great man.

RIP Bo
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Came across this on YouTube. Simply amazing. Long before the punks reminded us that you could make great music with only three chords, Bo was kicking ass with just one.

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This is sad news indeed.

He was one of my 2 favorite 50s rock stars (Chuck Berry is the other). I had the good fortune of seeing Bo perform about 15 years ago at the Showboat Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. He was obviously past his prime, but still played a great show.

RIP
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Just totally badass.



As The Jesus and Mary Chain put it, "Bo Diddley Is God".

RIP, Elias.
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Originally Posted by JasonF
Came across this on YouTube. Simply amazing. Long before the punks reminded us that you could make great music with only three chords, Bo was kicking ass with just one.
Speaking of punks..................................

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Those videos just prove that the blueprint for rock and roll, at it's most basic (warts and all), is hard to improve upon. I don't hate all rock music that strives for perfection, but a lot of it sucks hard. I know what I'm going to listen to this afternoon.
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Originally Posted by inri222
Speaking of punks..................................
Wow, never even heard of that movie. Kind of weirded out seeing Lee Ving after the start of it.
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Thanks Bo
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Bo was a badass!

RIP, Bo.
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You'll be missed. Thanks for the music.
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Here's a list of songs that have the Bo Diddley beat:

The Who - "Magic Bus"

George Michael- "Faith"

U2 - "Desire"

Bruce Springsteen - "She's the One"

David Bowie - "Panic in Detroit"

Duane Eddy - "Cannonball"

Buddy Holly/Rolling Stones/Patti Smith - "Not Fade Away"

Johnny Otis - "Willie and the Hand Jive" The Stooges - "1969"

Shirley & Company - "Shame Shame Shame"

The Strangeloves/Bow Wow Wow - "I Want Candy"

The Blues Rockers - "Callin' All Cows"

Elvis Presley - "His Latest Flame"

Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet Ride"

The Guess Who - "American Woman"

Grateful Dead - "Man Smart, Woman Smarter"

Talking Heads - "Ruby Dear"

The Fall - "Bo Demmick"

Guns 'n Roses - "Mr. Brownstone"

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Originally Posted by cungar
Here's a list of songs that have the Bo Diddley beat:
A partial list. There are a bunch of others ("How Soon Is Now" by the Smiths comes to mind, as does "Screwdriver" from the White Stripes). There really is no way to overstate Bo Diddley's influence.
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Originally Posted by JasonF
A partial list. There are a bunch of others ("How Soon Is Now" by the Smiths comes to mind, as does "Screwdriver" from the White Stripes). There really is no way to overstate Bo Diddley's influence.
It didn't say A list of all the songs that have the Bo Diddly beat. It said A list of songs.
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And a damn good list, at that, cungar. I forgot about many of those riffs (BOWIE!), and they all do have their roots in Diddley!
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Now Bo Diddley can finally jam out with "Jimi" and "Roy" and "Elvis" now that's a show!

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