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A tombstone hand and a graveyard mind…

Gretsch guitarOn a brief personal note, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bo Diddley. It’s hard to imagine how radical he sounded back in the fifties, when most of rock was either speeded-up country or blues, with some Gospel influence.

When you listen to the radio today, it’s amazing how frequently you hear the “shave and a haircut, two bits” Diddley-esque rhythm.

Bo was also one of the pioneers of rock-n-roll who never fully received the financial rewards he so richly deserved.  However, I’m sure that today he has “…a brand new house on the roadside.” Play on, Bo.

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