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June 03, 2008

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

Posted in: Celebrity,Deceased,Obituary

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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