Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley, Who Gave Rock His Beat, Dies at 79 – Obituary (Obit) – NYTimes.com

Bo Diddley has always been one of my favorite early rock-and-rollers, for his iconic songs–see “Who Do You Love?”–his exploration of feedback and distortion–see “Mumbling Guitar”–and the gigantic fact that he invented the iconic syncopated beat that bore his name and became the template for hundreds of songs. He influenced the history and sound of rock music at its core.

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