Rock 'n' roll legend Bo Diddley died of heart failure today in his home in Archer, Fla. He was 79.
Known for his rectangular guitar (shown above), Bo Diddley became iconic and pioneers in American rock 'n' roll by creating the Bo Diddley beat — a beat similar to hambone. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the seventh annual Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards in 1996. He has inspired the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Guns N' Roses, White Stripes, David Bowie and Tom Petty.
He will definitely be missed. And if you haven't heard of him, listen to these tracks.
You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover
Mona feat. Tom Petty
Bo Diddley (Yep, there's a song named after himself.)
And my fave, Who Do You Love.
Our thoughts and hearts are with his loved ones.