Monday, June 02, 2008

A moment of silence please ...

... for blues and rock n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley. He passed away earlier today from heart failure.
Diddley, 79, to me, is blues personified. Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a lot like the O'Jays - "I love music, any kind of music." I pulled two of my favorite Bo Diddley songs for you guys to check out.

The first one you guys may recognize more as a remake than his original. That song has been remade so many times it's not even funny. The one I recognize most is when Raven Symone lip synced to Koko Taylor's version, "I'm A Woman" on The Cosby Show.

In honor of Black Music Month, I would like to do at least one post per week that details a little bit of information about some figure in black music. In light of Diddley's death this week, he's obviously first.
This will not be a research paper by any means, but I do want ya'll to have a little bit of info about Diddley. His earliest recording dates back to 1958 although his career started as early as 1951. He's responsible for what became known as the "Bo Diddley Beat."
I could so go on and on about him, but I won't. I'll let you do your own research. But keep in mind if it were not for Diddley and his counterparts, there'd be none of the music that we enjoy/loathe today.


TravelDiva said...

Nice post!!!

Smarty Jones said...

Thanks, I've got so many ideas rolling around in my head right now about Black Music Month that I'll probably be posting more than once a week on this.
Glad you like it. Stay tuned!