Bo Diddley

Everyone who cares must have heard about the passing of Bo Diddley by now, and, quite understandably, he’s currently the most popular artist at the Hype Machine. As has been said, he was one of a handful of artists who helped create rock ‘n’ roll as we know it, and it’d be easier to list all the bands since he began recording that haven’t been influenced by him. Either by borrowing the infectious “Bo Diddley Beat” or by taking a soldering iron to their equipment to make it sound good and dirty, thousands upon thousands have followed Diddley’s lead in music. Memorializing such a contribution would inevitably fall short, but I thought it’d be nice to at least post the sharply self-aggrandizing song Bo Diddley sang on The Ed Sullivan Show, which ended up pissing Sullivan off.

TMN Editor Erik Bryan is living the dream. He grew up in Florida, but he’s from all over. He likes playing chess, making cocktails, smarting off, and not freezing to death in Brooklyn, where he currently resides. More by Erik Bryan

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