Throwback Thursday — So Long, Bo

I meant to post this as soon as I heard, but time slipped through my fingers. Now finally, I just want to say rest in peace to Bo Diddley. He was a rock n’ roll rhythm pioneer, a gunslinger, and not just A man, but THE man.

Bo Diddley was one of the first male musicians to include women in his band. He played with Lady Bo (who really deserves a lengthy post of her own), and then he played alongside The Duchess. A bad bella who was known to rock a mean second square guitar while wearing a skin tight gold lame catsuit on stage. Here’s Bo in his prime, performing Hey, Bo Diddley and Bo Diddley, with The Duchess and The Bo-ettes, from 1966′s The Big TNT Show movie.

Fun fact — did you know that Bo Diddley wrote Love Is Strange, most famously sung by Mickey & Sylvia? You’ll probably recognize that song from key scenes in Dirty Dancing and Casino. Great soundtrack song.

You will be missed, Bo Diddley. Hope you and The Duchess are rockin’ in Heaven.

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Comments

  1. I didn’t know he wrote that song.

    Rest in peace, Mr. Diddley

  2. Ok. I heart the group of young black girls sitting in the stands at around 5:20.
    Thanx Bella!

  3. Mrs.Mckinzie says:

    R.I.P Bo Diddley.

  4. What a lovely blog. It’s so well written, funny and honest. I really enjoyed it and will come back again.

    Have been playing some old Bo Diddley vinyl that I picked up about six months ago. I will miss that Bo Diddley beat!

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  5. warrior11209 says:

    RIP Bo , you will be missed! You were an original.

  6. Definitely will be missed. Thanks for posting the YouTube clip, by the way. I love finding old gems like these on that site.

  7. Mezzo_Soprano says:

    That was an awesome post! Now I know the story of Bo Diddley. It was hilarious watching the young, Caucasian teens in the video try to stay on beat. RIP Mr. Diddley.

  8. I didn’t realize he was so famous. That’s a lot of screaming girls. Beatles style.

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    OMG! The woman in that picture looks like my mom!

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