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.“
I’m A Man
Who Do You Love
For more on Bo Diddley’s vast influence on popular music, check out his Wikipedia entry.
Rhetorical Question: Where are this generations’ Bo Diddleys?