David M. Riley

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Bo Diddley Rides Again

Bo Diddley is one of the key players in the development of rock n’ roll.  His signature beat influenced almost everyone who has come along since the mid-50s.  Rolling Stone magainze says, “To use the word “influenced” is an under-statement to describe the effect of Diddley’s first half-dozen singles and careening performances on rock music.”

And that “Bo Diddley Beat,” the hard-driving five accented sound based on an Afro-Cuban rhythm can be heard on dozens of famous rock songs by Buddy Holly, the Stones, Springsteen, and even Bow Wow.

Shortly after Diddley died in 2008, American musicologist and author Ned Sublette said, “Cubans play it straight, boom, boom, boom.  Bo Diddley swung it, boom, boom, boom.  He played it like an African-American.  It was also hambone, but it was neither.  It was the Bo Diddley beat by the time – and he never played it the same way twice.”

Well, here’s some music I put together the other night… it didn’t start out like this but at one point I thought it was sounding a little Bo Diddleyish and I went all the way, as sort of a tribute to a great innovator.

Hope you like it.