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BREAKING ENTERTAINMENT 3:45pm 6-2-08 Music Pioneer & Legend Bo Diddly Dies at 79
A rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley influenced generations of guitarists. According to CNN, the world-renowned guitarist's signature beat -- usually played on an equally distinctive rectangular-bodied guitar -- laid the foundation for rock 'n' roll, and became so identified with him that it became known as the "Bo Diddley" beat.
It was unlike anything else heard in pop music."This distinctive, African-based ... rhythm pattern (which goes bomp-bomp-bomp bomp-bomp) was picked up by other artists and has been a distinctive and recurring element in rock 'n' roll through the decades," according to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame (into which Diddly was inducted in 1987.)
Guitarist George Thorogood, a Diddley disciple, put it more bluntly. "[Chuck Berry's] 'Maybellene' is a country song sped up," Thorogood told Rolling Stone in 2005. " 'Johnny B. Goode' is blues sped up. But you listen to 'Bo Diddley,' and you say, 'What in the Jesus is that?' "
"He leaves an indelible mark on American music and culture, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and fans. The 'Bo Diddley beat' surely will continue on," Portnow said.
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