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.