Monday, June 2, 2008

What do you do with a square guitar?

Rock and blues legend Bo Diddley passed away at 79, in Archer, Florida.
The legendary axman and singer had been suffering from a heart condition and he had a stroke last year.

Bo Diddley was an amazing performer; widely know for a B-side that then became a rock standard: I am a man. His trademark was his square guitar, and his signature look was complete with his ever darker sunglasses and his black hat.

He inspired a legion of guitar players, and he was recognized late in life, playing for Presidents Bush the Elder and Bill Clinton. Among his musician admirers are Eric Clapton, Bono, the Rolling Stones, The Clash, Gun ‘n Roses, Aerosmith, Humble Pie, the Velvet Undergorund, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, White Stripes, the Who and many others. He loved Cuban music and the piece “Cuban slide” was covered by the Pretenders.

As all great bluesmen and as a good ole Southerner, he was a quipper, and among his jewels this one is my favorite: "If you ain't got no money, ain't nobody calls you honey". Among the honors collected by Bo Diddley were a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy lifetime achievement award, and a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Oh well, Bo is now with that pantheon of great dead guitar gods that always play inside my skull….

And the cover by the Prentenders gets itself covered by the Stand Up Band