[Slowhand] RIP, Bo Diddley

Steve Proctor slowhand.net at gmail.com
Mon Jun 2 19:08:37 EDT 2008

>From AP News:

Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave and
a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions
of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79.

Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan
Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after
suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected
his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue

The legendary singer and performer, known for his homemade square guitar,
dark glasses and black hat, was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and received a lifetime
achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards. In recent years he also
played for the elder President Bush and President Clinton.

Diddley appreciated the honors he received, "but it didn't put no figures in
my checkbook."
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