Tuesday, June 03, 2008

R.I.P. Bo Diddley

We've lost another musical legend.

Bo Diddley didn't invent Rock and Roll, but he gave it one of its most well known rhythm guitar signatures, and a slew of his songs were recorded by rock bands who became more famous and much more wealthy than he did performing his songs. From MSNBC:

Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock ’n’ roll whose distinctive “shave and a haircut, two bits” rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79.

The legendary singer and performer, known for his homemade square guitar, dark glasses and black hat, was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and received a lifetime achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards.

Rest in Peace Bo, and tell 'em who put the "rock" in "rock and roll" on your way out.

Updated: Bo goes out rocking.

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