Bo Diddley Dies at Age 79

Published: 2008-06-03
Mississipi born blues rock guitarist Bo Diddley has died at the age of 79. The legendary guitarist, who penned such hits as "Who Do You Love?" and "Love is Strange" was instrumental in making the transition from the blues to the driving rhythm of rock 'n' roll. Diddley has influenced numerous musicians including Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and U2; he died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida on June 2, according to his publicist.

Diddley was well-known for his signature rectangle guitar and creating excitement in his songs through a single chord rather than playing up the harmonic tension and release.

Terry Stewart, president and chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland said of the guitarist, "Bo Diddley is one of the seminal American guitarists and an architect of the rock 'n' roll sound…his unique guitar work, indelible rhythms, inventive songwriting, and larger-than-life personality make him an immortal author of the American songbook."

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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