Bo Diddley

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1987

Inducted by: ZZ Top

Nominated in: 1987

First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1987 (ranked #50) .

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Bo Diddley (1958)

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Bo Diddley (1955)
I'm a Man (1955)
Who Do You Love? (1957)

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7 comments so far (post your own)

Bo - Rest in Peace and thanks.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 06.2.08 @ 11:40am

One of the greatest players of all time

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 21:56pm

Two comments????
Thats all this legend who shaped rock and roll as we have come to know gets?

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Worthy.

Posted by cherrybuster on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 22:58pm

That's probably because he's already in. Nobody wants to challenge that, he is one of the most obvious and most deserving inductees. Most will agree that he is completely worthy, so there's nothing to discuss.

Posted by The_Claw on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 02:31am

"That's probably because he's already in."
Posted by The_Claw

Yeah i'm aware he was inducted.
It just struck me rather odd while skimming this site that even with his passing away there weren't any stories about seeing him live or anything.

Posted by cherrybuster on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 09:15am

I'm a huge Bo Diddley fan, so when I found this atrocious cover of his eponymous classic, I puked:

Be warned, fellow Diddley fans. This cover by the Joe Reisman Orchestra may cause diarrhea, nausea, strep throat, comas, chest pains, earaches, stomachaches, colds, coughs, vomiting, or loss of hearing.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 09:48am

While he had only a few hits in the 50s and early 60s, Bo Diddley broke new ground with a unique guitar sound, indelible rhythms, fantastic songwriting and a larger then life personality and like his song, "You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover", you can't judge an artist by his musical success either.

He is also forever known for creating the foundational rhythms of rock and roll: the Bo Diddley beat. This beat was the bedrock of rock and roll and was picked up by singers from Buddy Holly to The Rolling Stones.
His hypnotic guitar attack and boasting vocals went back as far as Africa for roots. Songs like "Who Do You Love?" and "I'm A Man" were among the earliest examples of rock and roll rising out of the blues and Bo fused the music of two worlds he knew well: the Deep South and Chicago.

Diddley's trademark vibrating fuzzy guitar sound highly helped to expand the power of the instrument, but even more important, his bounce was fun and rocking with a wisecracking tone that showed rock music at it's most freewheeling. By the time Bo pasted away in 2008, Diddley's influence had come full circle as bands from The Animals and Creedence Clearwater Revial to The Clash drew inspiration from Bo Diddley's voice and sound.

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 01.27.13 @ 23:02pm

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