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Anyway, I've vaguely heard of him. Sort of like Little Richard and that ilk wasn't he? Do complete our eduction by naming his greatest hits.
CVF â âI've vaguely heard of him. Sort of like Little Richard and that ilk wasn't he? Do complete our eduction by naming his greatest hits.â
Yes he certainly was of the time of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Elvis a host of blues and Gospel men, but after Ike Turner, Bill Haley and the real King of R'n'R, Fats Domino.
Songs he wrote and/or recorded you may know include Road Runner, You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover, I'm A Man, Mona, Who Do You Love, Hey Bo Diddley, Crackin' Up, Bo Diddley, Before You Accuse Me, Not Fade Away, Can I Walk You Home. However, though he was the same stable/label as say Chuck Berry, his sound was generally poorly replicated by disc â technology and know-how of the time. What came through though was the innovation towards solid drive and a âbig soundâ. Often thought Phil Spectorâs approach would have suited, but different eras.
He was not a guitarist for mind bending solos, but that wasnât what he was about. He presented the Bo Diddley sound which was picked-up by so many from there on in. The list of who used his work is considerable, very basic e.g. Buddy Holly, Rolling Stones, Animals, Beatles, Moody Blues, Shadows, Juicy Lucy, and even longer when you bring in new recordings made in his style, e.g. Johnny Otis, âWillie and the Hand Jiveâ.
They say his stage presentation was well thought out. He had a female guitarist, Peggy Jones, âLady Boâ (1940 - ) from 1957 to 61, then Norma-Jean Wofford, âThe Duchessâ (1942 â 2005) from 1962 to 66. Certainly the one I think of and appears to be known here, is The Duchess. Sometimes including the âBo-ettesâ vocal backing, the ladies style was cute/glamorous (rather than the more current one of slut/freak/talentless), which they achieved with great simplicity, and subtlely very sexy. This was genuine âcoolâ. Though not promoted at the time, there was a significant Afro influence in the whole performance. Concentrate on the drumming and some of the choreography. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBAJXyF1HVc
Again seldom commented on, as stage front men of the time had to be movers Bo was no exception. Unlike the lean and mean Chuck Berry, Bo developed his own moves more akin to James Brown. With his stocky build and a guitar in his hands he wasnât going to rival Brown, but all considering he definitely had his moments as the mood took him. Look at this for the bursts of footwork, well past bus-pass issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgzn7VyoqEw&NR=1
Then his weird shaped guitars, Gretsch mostly I think, resolving in the characteristic Cigar Box shape.
I saw him in â72, sadly no Duchess or footwork but I certainly appreciated what was meant but stage presence.