Top 25 Guitarists of All Time: # 23 Bo Diddley

27 Apr

Bo Diddley, Long Beach Blues Festival (1997). Photo: Masahiro Sumori.

Bo Diddley was born Ellas Otha Bates on Dec. 30, 1920. He was called “The Originator,” for he had a key role in changing the trend of blues to rock and roll. He has influenced greats such as Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. The driving rhythms and harder guitar sounds he produced became well known. He would often employ a technique in his music in which there were no chord changes. In other words, all excitement was generated by rhythms rather than harmonies and harmonic tension. Because of his musical inventiveness and skill, Bo has won many awards. They have ranged from a Grammy, Lifetime Achievement Awards and the most prized Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. His work impacted the music scene so powerfully. And, of course, he also had that trademark rectangular guitar.

Bo Diddley’s orginality, musicality, and impact on so many musicians has earned him an immense level of respect in the music community. With an extensive discography and an even more extensive fan base, Bo Diddley has definitely shown the public who they love. For his powerful impact on music, his amazing musicality, his wonderful originality, and that unmistakeable guitar, Bo Diddley finds himself as #23 on the Top 25 Guitarists of All Time list.

Don’t Forget….Who Do You Love????

One Response to “Top 25 Guitarists of All Time: # 23 Bo Diddley”

  1. limewire April 30, 2010 at 4:54 am #

    wow cool story bro.

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