Guitarist Mickey Baker Dead at 87

November 30, 2012

Guitarist Mickey Baker, whose signature riffs helped push rhythm & blues into rock & roll, died Tuesday at his home in France of heart and kidney failure, The New York Times reports. He was 87. Baker most notably recorded the hit 1956 single...


Prince, Grateful Dead, Donna Summer Added to National Recording Registry

May 23, 2012

Classic recordings by Prince, Donna Summer, the Grateful Dead, Bo Diddley, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Love and the Sugarhill Gang will soon be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, the New York Times reports. The Library of...



M.I.A., Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley Tribute Added to Grammys Performers

February 5, 2009

The Grammys have added yet another batch of new performers for this Sunday's ceremony, recruiting M.I.A., Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, MusiCares Person of the Year Neil Diamond, Terence Blanchard, Robin Thicke and Allen Toussaint. Plus, there will...



Remembering Bo Diddley: 1928-2008

June 26, 2008

For a young black singer and guitarist from Chicago with only a minor hit, getting booked on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1955 was a career-making opportunity. Sullivan asked him to sing Tennessee Ernie Ford's country smash "Sixteen Tons"; instead, the young...


Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy and George Thorogood Remember Bo Diddley

June 4, 2008

According to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, the influence that Bo Diddley's records have had is immeasurable, but that's not the most amazing part of his legacy. "But how heavy is it that a person has a beat named after him?" he asks. Indeed, the "Bo Diddley...


Friends, Admirers Honor Bo Diddley at Funeral in Gainesville

June 9, 2008

Under a blazing sun, the life of rock pioneer Bo Diddley was celebrated with a four hour funeral in Gainesville, FL. While the music of Diddley was never far from the minds of the more than 500 people that were in attendance, the service celebrated Diddley...


Bo Diddley Dead at Age 79

June 2, 2008

Bo Diddley, one of the founding fathers of rock and roll, died today in his home in Archer, Florida, where he had lived for 20 years. The cause was heart failure, according to a spokesperson. Diddley performed live until May 2007, when he suffered a stroke;...



Bo Diddley in Stable Condition After Heart Attack

August 28, 2007

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bo Diddley is in stable condition today after spending three days in Gainesville's North Florida Regional Medical Center's intensive care unit. Diddley suffered a heart attack during a check-up on Friday, August 24th, and underwent...


Bo Diddley Hospitalized Following Stroke

May 17, 2007

After a concert held at Council Bluffs, Iowa on May 13th, legendary blues guitarist Bo Diddley was taken to the hospital where it was determined he had suffered a stroke. Diddley is now in intensive care at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha,...



The Indestructible Beat of Bo Diddley

August 25, 2005

You got to get yourself some Velcro," Bo Diddley advises. "What?" I ask. "For your phone." My cell phone had just slipped out of my hand and landed on the carpet of his room at the Washington Square Hotel in downtown Manhattan. And Diddley is quick...



Spirit of Hendrix Rises at Experience Music Project Celebration

June 26, 2000

Shortly before Bo Diddley began his set at the Experience Music Project celebration, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding approached him with greetings from a mutual friend -- and a request to sit in. Diddley agreed, and a throbbing "Mona" was...



Diddley, Orbison, Others Honored With Grammys

December 19, 1997

Bo Diddley, Paul Robeson, the Mills Brothers and Roy Orbison are the recipients of the 1997-98 Lifetime Achievement Awards from NARAS, the recording academy. In addition, Motown pioneers Holland-Dozier-Holland and BMI president/CEO Frances Preston receive...



Bo Diddley: The Rolling Stone Interview

February 12, 1987

Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 493 from February 12, 1987. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium subscription plan. If you are already a subscriber,...



Bob Dylan: The Rolling Stone Interview, Part 2

November 16, 1978

On the evening of September 15th, the Boston Red Sox were in New York City trying to get back into first place. In New Orleans, just before Muhammad Ali made his comeback, TV commentator Howard Cosell introduced the fighter by quoting from the song "Forever...