R.I.P. Bo Diddley
POSTED ON 6/02/2008 | PERMALINK |0 Comments | BOOKMARK

" 'Maybellene' is a country song sped up," says George Thorogood, who has covered Diddley songs on at least half his records. " 'Johnny B. Goode' is blues sped up. But you listen to 'Bo Diddley,' and you say, 'What in the Jesus is that?' You sit there and you get numb listening to it."

Keith Richards recalls experiencing the same shock. "Muddy [Waters] and Chuck were close to the straight electric blues," he said. "But Bo was fascinatingly on the edge. There was something African going on in there. His style was outrageous, suggesting that the kind of music we loved didn't just come from Mississippi. It was coming from somewhere else."

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