Tag: Bo Diddley

Original v. Cover — #41 in a Series

Bo Diddley Pictures, Images and Photos

This week’s featured selection was written by a pioneering rock ‘n roll icon, and released in June, 1955 as the B-side of the songwriter/performer’s hit single, the title of which was identical to his name. Both songs, even if you don’t immediately connect the title and the music, are likely to sound familiar. The writing credit was listed under his real name at the time, Ellas McDaniel, and was based at least in part on Muddy Water’s 1954 song, “Hoochie Coochie Man”, which had been written by Willie Dixon. The B-side is ranked #369 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Although neither side advanced to the Billboard Hot 100 charts, both achieved a #1 ranking on the Billboard R&B Singles charts.

Bo Diddley dead at age 79

Rock and Roll, Blues legend Bo Diddley is dead at age 79.  One of the great players in the foreground of the emergence of Rock and Roll out of the Blues via Rythym and Blues with his signature syncopated sound and wild exuberance.  I had the pleasure of seeing him live one time and he really was exceptional.  I first heard of him via the lyrics of Dylan’s “From a Buick 6″…Well, she don’t make me nervous, she don’t talk too much

She walks like Bo Diddley and she don’t need no crutch

So I went looking for who Bo Diddley was and there he was along with Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters and the rest who laid the foundation for the electric explosion.

Sorry this is so short…