Monday, June 02, 2008

RIP Bo Diddley

Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies at age 79

I was so sad to hear this news today. It was a great honor to meet him and have some time to sit and talk with him. This photo was in New York, backstage at a rock festival, while I was on my honeymoon. (I am holding baby Aden.) He was pretty sick that day, but he still rocked, and he was a wonderfully sweet man, and didn't let being sick damper his spirits. He was a joy to meet and brought so much to the world with his music. He will be missed.

Here is what the news says:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — 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.

Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, 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 the full article here

Mojo come to my house, ya black cat bone,
Take my baby away from home,
Ugly ole mojo, where ya bin,
Up your house, and gone again.

Bo diddley, bo diddley have you heard?
My pretty baby said she wasn’t for it.


BLP said...

Hey Sis, I don't know if you knew this but I met Bo when I was in sixth grade. I didn't really know who he was at the time. I was just some punk kid then. I was touring the backstage area with my class at the Sullivan Arena when he walked into the room. I was standing up front so he grabbed my hand and started shaking it and said a few words to me...not much more than something like "how's it going son, nice to meet you, glad you could come...". The lady showing us around made some jokes back and forth with him about having just wandered in from the bar or something. Seemed like a really nice guy. I didn't find out more about who he was until later. Then I felt kind of special cause I got to shake his hand.


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