Bo Diddley, Rock Pioneer and Icon Dies at the Age of 79


Bo Diddley … they just don’t make them like this anymore. A true music icon and one of the Founding Fathers of guitar rock has passed. A man who influenced so many in the music industry has passed.

“If you ain’t got no money, ain’t nobody calls you honey”

You Don’t Know Diddley”. Now unfortunately many of us will never. 79 year old rock icon Bo Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Florida yesterday. God rest his soul, rest in peace.

Bo Diddley … when music was music

The name Bo Diddley came from other youngsters when he was growing up in Chicago, he said in a 1999 interview.

“I don’t know where the kids got it, but the kids in grammar school gave me that name,” he said, adding that he liked it so it became his stage name. Other times, he gave somewhat differing stories on where he got the name. Some experts believe a possible source for the name is a one-string instrument used in traditional blues music called a diddley bow.

One of the greatest compliments that one can ever receive is being called a true original. Bo Diddley was just that.

They will never, ever say, ‘Oh, he?s like Bo Diddley.’ He was as one-of-a-kind as you could possibly imagine.?”

Bo Diddley, Rock’s Pulse; The ‘Originator’ Propelled A New Musical Genre With His Distinctive Beat

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Bo Diddley, Rock Pioneer and Icon Dies at the Age of 79”

    1. MissKatie on June 3rd, 2008 9:10 am

      rest in peace bo …
      I truly enjoyed his music he was quite the comedian thru his songs….

    2. always 1 on June 3rd, 2008 11:07 am

      Another piece of my childhood gone. We used to go to the “Sugar Shack” after schoo and play his songs on the juke box.

    3. A New Girl on June 3rd, 2008 11:52 am

      Amazing man. Amazing talent. And what a gentle soul.

      He will be missed but his music lives on forever….Man, talk about someone who made that guitar come alive and speak to you ! I loved his R&B especially.

    4. MissKatie on June 3rd, 2008 2:28 pm

      yeah me too always1
      I grew up with bo in fact I have him on my mp3 player my kids got me for christmas.:)

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