Bo Diddley…M-A-N

02 Jun

Rock pioneer Bo Diddley (a/k/a Ellas McDaniel), died today at the age of 79.

Image from Rolling Stone

From his homemade, square guitar to the signature beat that made him famous, Bo Diddley was an original. He never copied anyone, but was often copied. Like many of his day he never made much money from records or performing, but he kept on doing it until he couldn’t anymore.

He had some great quotes along the way:

“A dude with a pencil is worse than a cat with a machine gun.”

“I opened the door for a lot of people, and they just ran through and left me holding the knob.”

I thank you in advance for the great round of applause I’m about to get.


Bo Diddley

I’m A Man

Road Runner

Who Do You Love

Mad Jam

For more on Bo Diddley’s vast influence on popular music, check out his Wikipedia entry.

Rhetorical Question: Where are this generations’ Bo Diddleys?


Posted by on June 2, 2008 in Uncategorized


9 responses to “Bo Diddley…M-A-N

  1. Colette

    June 3, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Hail Mr. Diddley! (as the NY Times called him today)

    I knew you would carry the torch, MM. Thanks for recognizing his genius.

    As for the future Bo’s, there won’t be another like him. But we can certainly point to and support some wonderful younger black bluesmen who are in the spirit — from Keb’Mo and Robert Cray, to Shemekia Copeland and Alvin Youngblood Hart:

  2. jenfera

    June 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Those are some awesome quotes.

  3. huckleberryfriend

    June 4, 2008 at 7:46 am

    This generation – don’t know. My generation – John Fogerty.

  4. shrewspeaks

    June 4, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I would venture as far as to say Gnarls Barkley is one of the new Bo Diddleys.

  5. Colette

    June 5, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Just a taste of Alvin Youngblood Hart, a young guy with a wise old soul — those who love blues, give a listen! — “Talk to Your Daughter” — “Gallow Pole”

  6. AH

    June 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Have been too busy to do much more than a quick scan lately but am sitting in a hotel room right now and decided to use the down time to catch up a little. Enjoyed this piece a lot – TY

    Thought you might like to know that Grace Potter did a tribute to Bo Diddley during GPN’s encore last night in Manchester involving an audience call and respond. Very nice gesture.

    (btw – the concert was flipping fantastic !!!)

  7. music maven

    June 7, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Awesome, AH. Do tell.

    Did you happen to see somebody?

    I think Grace might qualify as this generation’s Diddley….

  8. huckleberryfriend

    June 7, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Just happened on this guy on youtube with an acoustic take on Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Good. So there’s talent out there.


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