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Otha Ellas Bates McDaniel (Bo Diddley) 1928-2008

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If I’m not mistaken, his nickname came from the diddley bow, which consisted of a wire attached to the side of a barn and strung to a wood plank. To play it, you step on the plank to vary the wire tension while you bang out a rhythm on the wire with a stick, kinda like a washtub bass: “bomp-bomp-bomp–bompbomp.”

Video from the TNT Show 1966. Here’s to the Bo Diddley Beat.

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One Response to “Otha Ellas Bates McDaniel (Bo Diddley) 1928-2008”

  1. Saturday Matinee: Stuff (in no particular order) « Tacky Raccoons Says:

    […] Y’all heard of Bo Diddley.  Here’s the Diddley Bo played by a master, Seasick Steve.  All rhythm; raw as y’all […]

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