Singer Bo Diddley, R.I.P.


This is a music video of Bo Diddley – Road Runner, from a 1960 TV show. Remarkably for the early 1960s, a woman guitarist is in the four piece band.

From Wikipedia:

Bo Diddley (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), born Ellas Otha Bates, aka “The Originator”, was an influential American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Often cited as a key figure in the transition from blues to rock and roll, he introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound. He was also known for his characteristic rectangular guitar.

From The Independent daily in Britain:

Bo Diddley, the pioneering electric guitarist who was playing rock’n’roll when white America was still calling it jungle music and without whom there might never have been Elvis Presley, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, has died at the age of 79.

See also here.

Les Paul, the American musician and inventor who gave his name to the Gibson Les Paul guitar, died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in suburban New York City on August 13 at the age of 94: here.

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