Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley's signature beat is a cornerstone of rock and pop, a simple, five-accent rhythm that’s the driving force behind Diddley's own "Who Do You Love," "Mona," "Bo Diddley," and "I'm a Man" — as well as Buddy Holly's “Not Fade Away,” the Who's "Magic Bus," Bruce Springsteen's "She's the One," George Michael's “Faith,” Primal Scream's “Movin' on Up,” and many, others. Diddley was one of the most influential guitarists of his generation, and his lubricious vocal style has informed blues and rock singers for over a half-century.

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