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Bo Diddley – Road Runner

Elvis had the look, Little Richard had the scream– however it was Bo Diddley who had the necessary beat.
March marks the 60th anniversary of Diddley’s self-titled launching single, which introduced the world to the extremely influential Bo Diddley beat. This downing rhythm was affected by sub-Saharan music and injected into the blues to create not only a trademark sound for Diddley himself, however also to offer the backbone of rock ‘n’ roll for decades afterward.


Diddley passed away in 2008, however the beat most definitely goes on.

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