r.i.p. bo diddley

Dear Bo,

Thank you for helping invent rock and roll. I usually bring up Chuck Berry when people start popping off about Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, but I'll be remembering you more often. Rest in peace.


From a New York Times obit

His original style of rhythm and blues influenced generations of musicians. And his Bo Diddley syncopated beat — three strokes/rest/two strokes — became a stock rhythm of rock ’n’ roll. It can be found in Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” Johnny Otis’s “Willie and the Hand Jive,” the Who’s “Magic Bus,” Bruce Springsteen’s “She’s the One” and U2’s “Desire,” among hundreds of other songs.

One of the five most important guitarists ever. (Off top, it'd be him, Hendrix, Berry, Neil Young, and either Robert Johnson or B.B. King). It's sad when you realize dying young is such a good career move. When Smokey Robinson eventually passes on, he won't be remembered in the same way because he cleaned up and lived neat and kept singing forever. Bo and his counterparts didn't bite it the way Elvis did, and for whatever reason, history will ding them for it.

Hope you lived [and died] content, Bo.

[NYT: Bo Diddley, a Rock 'n Roll Pioneer, Is Dead at 79] 

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