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Old 06-03-2008, 09:00 PM
rootheart rootheart is offline
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Default Bo Diddley died

Today I was told Bo Diddley died yesterday in his home in Florida. RIP
Though not many drummers know what they own him cause he was a guitar player, it seems to be impossible to drum any contemporary music without knowledge of his socalled "BoDiddley-Groove".
For those who do not know about Bo: just Youtube for some vids.
Besides of Rolling Stones "Mona" the greatest credit ever young rock musicians gave to their older idols was the song "The Story Of Bo Diddley" by the Animals, rather unknown, but great Rock´n Roll. (I recommend Youtubing for it, then cover it with you band)
These days it seems that lyrics become even more important than the drumgroove, so here are the full lyrics of (IMO) the greatest rock´n roll song ever in terms of both lyrics and refrain
Please listen to this Utube vid
In fact it is just like qouting Eric Burdon spontaniousely rapping (those days "rap" was an unkown art) about what the hell made him play the music he ever, listen and enjoy..All we drummers know Buddy Rich, but whoever knows Bo Diddley...?? He was not a drummer, but he was the teacher of all contemporary drummers. What`d I say?
Story Of Bo Diddley- The Animals - Lyrics:
Now lets hear the story of Bo Diddley and the Rock n Roll scene in general
Bo Diddley was born Elias McDaniels in a place called McCoom,
Missississipi about 1926
He moved to Chicago about 1938
Where his name was eventually changed to Bo Diddley
He practiced the guitar everyday and sometimes into the night
Till his papa's hair began to turn white
His Pa said Son, listen hear, I know
You can stay but that guitar has just gotta go
So he pulled his hat down over his eyes
Headed out for them Western Skies
I think Bob Dylan said that
He hit New York City
He began to play at the Apollo in Harlem
Good scene there everybody raving
One day, one night, came a Cadillac with four head lights
Came a man with a big, long, fat, cigar said, C'mere son, I'm gonna make you a
Bo Diddley said, Uh..whats in it for me?
Man said, Shut your mouth son , play the guitar and you just wait and
Well, that boy made it, he made it real big
And so did the rest of the rock n roll scene along with him
And a white guy named Johnny Otis took Bo Diddleys rhythm
He changed it into hand-jive and it went like this
In a little old country town one day
A little old country band began to play
Add two guitars and a beat up saxophone
When the drummer said, boy, those cats begin to roam
Oh baby oh we oh oh
Ooh la la that rock and roll
Ya hear me oh we oh oh
Ooh la la that rock and roll
Then in the U.S. music scene there was big changes made
Due to circumstances beyond our control such as payola
The rock n roll scene died after two years of solid rock and you got discs like,
Take good care of my baby
Please don't ever make her blue and so forth
About, ah, one year later in a place called Liverpool in England
Four young lads with mop haircuts began to sing stuff like, ah...
It's been a hard days night and I;ve been working like a dog and so on
In a place called Richmond in Surrey, whay down in the deep south
They got guys with long hair down their back singing
I wanna be your lover baby I wanna be your man yeah and all that jazz
Now we've doing this number, Bo Diddley, for quite some time now
Bo Diddley visited this country last year
We were playing at the Club A Gogo in Newcastle, our home town
The doors opened one night and to our surprise walked in the man himself, Bo
Along with him was Jerome Green, his maraca man, and the Duchess, his gorgeous
And a we were doing this number
Along with them came the Rolling Stones, the Mersey Beats,
They're all standing around diggin' it
And I overheard Bo Diddley talkin'
He turned around to Jermone Green
And he said, Hey, Jerome? What do you think these guys doin' our..our
Jerome said, Uh, where's the bar, man? Please show me to the bar...
He turned around the Duchess
And he said, Hey Duchess...what do you think of these young guys doin' our
She said, I don't know. I only came across here to see the changin' of the
guards and all that jazz.
Well, Bo Diddley looked up and said to me, with half closed eyes and a smile,
He said Man, took off his glasses,
He said, Man, that sure is the biggest load of rubbish I ever heard in my
Hey Bo Diddley
Oh Bo Diddley
Yeah Bo Diddley
Oh Bo Diddley
Yeah Bo Diddley

Last edited by rootheart; 06-05-2008 at 07:34 PM.
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