Label: Checker - LPS-2989 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Reissue, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Rock & Roll
I can highly recommend this collection of tunes, you will not be disappointed in the least. The early Bo Diddley beat will never be heard any finer, and the slight accent of mambo can be heard if you tune your ears just right. On of the highlights of my life was meeting Bo Diddley back in orat the Blues Festival in Sacramento I even got to hold his home made guitar, though he would only allow me to hold it for but a moment.
After the show we had some time to make small talk, and he must have liked my questions, because he told Palmillas - Derek Baron - Palmillas just the most intimate personal things, memories from his heart.
The one that sticks out most in my mind, was him telling me about when he first got some cash. He said he was still living in a high rise project, with apartments that looked out on all four sides and in the center was this open shaft. It seems that lots of people would just throw their trash out the rear windows and into the center of the complex. Anyway, Bo had just gotten himself a new TV, and no sooner had he gotten it hooked up, than a Fireman was banging on his door, telling him he had to get out, that the trash in the center of the buildings had caught fire He was The cause was heart failure, a spokeswoman, Susan Clary, said.
Diddley had a heart attack last August, only months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. His original Im Sorry - Bo Diddley - Bo Diddleys 16 All-Time Greatest Hits of rhythm and blues influenced generations of musicians. Yet the rhythm was only one element of his best records. The songs were knowing, wisecracking and full of slang, mother wit and sexual cockiness.
They were both playful and radical. So were his live performances: trancelike ruckuses instigated by a large man with a strange-looking guitar. It was square and he designed it himself, long before custom guitar shapes became commonplace in rock.
Diddley was a wild performer: jumping, lurching, balancing on his toes and shaking his knees as he wrestled with his instrument, sometimes playing it above his head. Elvis Presley, it has long been supposed, borrowed from Mr. Still, for Geb Nicht Auf - Hassreaktion - Stille Allianz his fame, Mr.
It frustrated him that he could never earn royalties from the songs of others who had borrowed his beat. He was a hero to those who had learned from him, including the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. A generation later, he became a model of originality to punk or post-punk bands like the Clash and the Fall.
Strummer, star-struck, said during the tour. For his part Mr. Diddley had no misgivings about facing a skeptical audience. After the death of her husband, Ms. Gussie McDaniel became his legal guardian and sent him to school. He described his youth as one of school, church, trouble with street toughs and playing the violin for both band and orchestra, under the tutelage of O. Ellas studied classical violin from 7 to 15 and started on guitar at 12, when a family member gave him an acoustic model.
He then enrolled at Foster Vocational School, where he built a guitar as well as a violin and an upright bass. But he dropped out before graduating. Instead, with guitar in hand, he began performing in a duo with his friend Roosevelt Jackson, who played the washtub bass. The group became a trio when they added another guitarist, Jody Williams, then a quartet when they added a harmonica player, Billy Boy Arnold.
They were sometimes joined by another friend, Samuel Daniel, known as Sandman because of the shuffling rhythms he made with his feet on a wooden board sprinkled with sand. Diddley could not make a living playing with the Jive Cats in the early days, so he found jobs where he could: at a grocery store, a picture-frame factory, a blacktop company. He worked as an elevator operator and a meat packer. He also started boxing, hoping to turn professional.
In Mr. Diddley made a demonstration recording with his band, which now included Jerome Green on maracas. They saw it as a promising novelty and encouraged the group to return. Arnold thought of Bo Diddley. Arnold Im Sorry - Bo Diddley - Bo Diddleys 16 All-Time Greatest Hits , as quoted by Mr. By his account, however, Mr. Diddley had never played one. It reached No. But variations of it were in the air. Whatever the source, Mr.
Without telling Mr. Afterward, in an off-camera confrontation, Mr. Sullivan told him that he would never work in television again. Diddley did not play again on a network show for 10 years. For decades Mr. Diddley was bitter about his relationship with the Chess family, whom he accused of withholding money owed to him.
Diddley would borrow so heavily against projected royalties, Mr. Chess said, that not much was left over in the final accounting. But Mr. Diddley contended that he had already built something similar himself, with automobile parts and an alarm-clock spring. His first trademark guitar was also handmade: he took the neck and the circuitry off a Gretsch guitar and connected it to a square body he had built.
In he asked Gretsch to make him a better one to the same specifications. White, explaining that his fingers were too big to move around easily. Rather than fingering the fretboard, Mr.
Diddley said, he tuned the guitar to an open E and moved Le Lion Imberbe - Pierre Lapointe - La Forêt Des Mal-Aimés single finger up and down to create chords. As his fame rose, his personal life grew complicated.
His first marriage, at 18, to Louise Woolingham, lasted less than a year. His second marriage, into Ethel Smith, unraveled in the late s. He then Rise & Fall - Various - Bild Hits 2003 - Die Zweite from Chicago to Washington, settling in the Mount Pleasant district, where he built a studio in his home.
Separated from his wife, he was performing in Birmingham, Ala. They moved in together in short order and were soon married, in spite of Southern taboos against intermarriage. During the late s Mr. She was replaced by Norma-Jean Wofford, whom Mr. Diddley called the Duchess. He pretended she was his sister, he said, to be in a better position to protect her on the road. The early s were low times. Chess, searching for Time - Various - Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (A Tribute To Pink Floyd) hit, had Mr.
Diddley make albums to capitalize on the twist dance craze, as Chubby Checker had done, and on Im Sorry - Bo Diddley - Bo Diddleys 16 All-Time Greatest Hits surf music of the Beach Boys. But soon a foreign market for his earlier music began to grow, thanks in large part to the Rolling Stones, a newly popular band that was regularly playing several of his songs in its concerts. It paved the way for Mr. Diddley was not willing to move to Europe, and in America the picture worsened: the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan and the Byrds quickly made him sound quaint.
When work all but dried up, Mr. Diddley moved to New Mexico in the early s and became a deputy sheriff in the town of Los Lunas. With his sound updated to resemble hard rock and soul, he continued to make albums for Chess until his contract expired in His recording career never picked up after that, despite flirtations with synthesizers, religious rock and hip-hop. Im Sorry - Bo Diddley - Bo Diddleys 16 All-Time Greatest Hits and Bill Clinton.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in and in was inducted into the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame as a musician of lasting historical importance. Since the early s Mr. Diddley had lived in Archer, Fla. His passions were fishing and old cars, including a purple Cadillac hearse.
The last of Mr. Clary, said they Im Sorry - Bo Diddley - Bo Diddleys 16 All-Time Greatest Hits no longer married. His survivors include his children, Evelyn Kelly, Ellas A.