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A message from Bo Diddley:
I, Ellas McDaniel (aka Bo Diddley throughout the world), would like to share these thoughts with all of you, that someone is trying to destroy our rose garden here in America. Wake up and smell the roses, because there's a fungus among us! Keep rockin' an' rollin', but keep it clean. Love Bo Diddley - forever.




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Update: September 19, 2008
         During his more than half-century career, BO DIDDLEY was actively involved with and committed to a great number of charities and non-profit groups across the US.
         He was a spokesperson for the American Health Care Association, he worked with Hopefest for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Say No to Drugs campaign, where he participated as a major influence in reaching youth about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. He held benefit concerts for cancer, hurricane victims, law enforcement, the Achua County, Florida Homeless Night Out program, the blind and for the mentally and physically challenged at the Tacachale Institution in Gainesville, Florida.
         The BO DIDDLEY Legacy MySpace Page has recently been launched to reflect and give further information about a number of the national and local organisations and charitable causes for which BO DIDDLEY worked so tirelessly. The address is: http://www.myspace.com/bodiddleylegacy
         MySpace is a social networking service which allows users to sign up free to the site and build their own on-line microsite where users can upload their own photos, videos and music and express their own identity and interests and attract like-minded people to join their site or vice versa. Once you have invited another MySpace user to "be your friend" and they accept, their site link will add itself to your site. Any MySpace users with their own MySpace account will be able to add The BO DIDDLEY Legacy MySpace Page to their site.
         In related news, it has been announced that the new MySpace Music feature is due to be launched shortly. MySpace Music will allow consumers to listen to music on-line for free from the world's largest music publishers, including the Universal Music Group. Money will be made through advertising on the site and revenue from a download music service provided in partnership with Amazon.com.
         Representing some of the most influential and important recording artists of the Century, Universal Music owns the largest catalog in the US. Among its legendary artists are BO DIDDLEY, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday and Muddy Waters.
         If you haven't done so already, you may also wish to pay a visit to The Official BO DIDDLEY MySpace Page, which is located at: http://www.myspace.com/bodiddleyofficial


Update: September 17, 2008
         The new "Rock Band 2" music video game pays homage to BO DIDDLEY by featuring his Gretsch G6138 "Bo Diddley" and Gretsch G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird artist signature model guitars.
         The Gretsch G6138 "Bo Diddley" is a faithful reproduction of the iconic rectangle-shaped guitar Gretsch built for BO DIDDLEY in 1958.
         The Gretsch G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird is a 21st Century version of the guitar originally designed by BO DIDDLEY in 1959 and adapted by ZZ Top guitarist Billy F Gibbons.
         "Rock Band 2" is a music video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems and published by MTV Games as the sequel to the popular "Rock Band" video game. The "Rock Band 2" game software for the Xbox 360 platform is now available, with versions of the game for the Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 platforms released later in the year.
         The "Rock Band" games allow players to perform in virtual bands by providing up to four players with the ability to play three different peripherals modeled after musical instruments. These peripherals are used to simulate the playing of rock music by hitting scrolling notes on-screen. The game offers single-player and multiplayer gameplay for lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals, allowing for any combination of parts to play as a band.
         In other news, singer-songwriter Dion Dimucci pays homage to BO DIDDLEY in his upcoming CD/DVD set "Heroes - Giants of Early Rock Guitar" (Saguaro Road/Time Life 19667). Released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dion & The Belmonts' first hit single "I Wonder Why" in 1958, Dion narrates of time he spent with and in awe of, each of 15 guitarists from the early rock era, including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. On the CD, Dion performs his version of the classic BO DIDDLEY song "Who Do You Love".
         "Rock Band 2" music video game official website: http://www.rockband2.com/


Update: September 6, 2008
         City commissioners in Gainesville, FL voted unanimously at their meeting yesterday (Thursday) to rename the Gainesville Downtown Community Plaza in memory of BO DIDDLEY. Members of his family were in attendance at the meeting to receive the honor.
         A dedication ceremony will now be held on Friday October 24th, when the City will officially unveil new signs reading "BO DIDDLEY Community Plaza" and displaying his image.
         The Plaza is located at 111 E. University Avenue on the corner of SE 1st Street and E. University Avenue in the heart of historic Gainesville. In April 1976, as part of the bicentennial observance, the square was designed by University of Florida (UF) architect Harry Merritt and dedicated as the Community Plaza. Many of the materials used came from buildings that had stood on that site in an effort to tie the site to early Gainesville. The Plaza was remodeled in the 1990s to make it appropriate for activities. BO DIDDLEY appeared for free in concert at the Plaza on numerous occasions, the last being in 2006.
         In other news, we are delighted to be able to announce the launch of the new "Originator Radio" playlist, featuring a selection of recent BO DIDDLEY tribute tracks as well as a number of BO DIDDLEY classics and related tracks by other great bands and artists. All tracks on the new "Originator Radio" playlist are sourced from official artist/record label websites.
         The new "Originator Radio" playlist is available by visiting: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/radio.html
         It is also available as a stand alone feature at: http://www.musicplaylist.us/standalone/26691798


Update: August 19, 2008
         Plans are moving ahead to rename Gainesville, FL's Downtown Community Plaza in honor of BO DIDDLEY. The honor, which was suggested by Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan at BO DIDDLEY's funeral, may go before the Alachua County Commission for a vote on Thursday September 4th.
         The Plaza is located at 111 E. University Avenue on the corner of SE 1st Street and E. University Avenue in the heart of historic Gainesville. In April 1976, as part of the bicentennial observance, the square was designed by University of Florida (UF) architect Harry Merritt and dedicated as the Community Plaza. Many of the materials used came from buildings that had stood on that site in an effort to tie the site to early Gainesville. The Plaza was remodeled in the 1990s to make it appropriate for activities.
         BO DIDDLEY appeared for free in concert at the Plaza on numerous occasions, the last being in 2006. A special event will likely mark the renaming after the UF Homecoming Parade on Friday October 24th.
         A brief YouTube video clip of BO DIDDLEY giving a typically ebullient performance of his song "Leave" during his June 2006 concert at the Downtown Community Plaza is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOqh-tFgh8M


Update: August 5, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY will be awarded a posthumous Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA) degree from the University of Florida (UF) at a ceremony to be held 10.00am on Saturday (August 9th). The degree will be presented to his daughter Evelyn Kelly on behalf of her father.
         The doctorate, to be presented at the UF's Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, is awarded to BO DIDDLEY for his influence on American popular music.
         When he died on Monday June 2nd, the process of honoring him was already in the works. He was nominated last fall for the honor, but a lengthy approval process pushed a vote on the recognition past his demise.
         BO DIDDLEY's nomination for an honorary degree received letters of support from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame officials and Philadelphia International Records chairman Kenneth Gamble. A resume was submitted that included a list of hits "that rivaled those of Chuck Berry in quality" and accomplishments such as influencing the Rolling Stones and other musicians. The UF trustees' document supporting the honor states: "BO DIDDLEY ... has had a vast influence on the popular music world... BO DIDDLEY's work paved the way for an entire generation of artists, many of whom achieved notoriety by imitating and developing his work... BO DIDDLEY is not only a musician, but also an innovative composer who created a new guitar sound that was quickly absorbed by other players".


Update: August 5, 2008
         The Official BO DIDDLEY MySpace Page has been launched. The address is: http://www.myspace.com/bodiddleyofficial
         MySpace is a social networking service which allows users to sign up free to the site and build their own on-line microsite where users can upload their own photos, videos and music and express their own identity and interests and attract like-minded people to join their site or vice versa.
         Once you have invited another MySpace user to "be your friend" and they accept, their site link will add itself to your site.
         Any MySpace users with their own MySpace account will be able to add The Official BO DIDDLEY MySpace Page to their site.


Update: August 3, 2008
         The UK-based musicians website Gigwise.com includes 2 of BO DIDDLEY's guitars - the Mean Machine and the Gretsch Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird - in its new "Coolest Guitars in Rock!" listing. The photo gallery of guitars, located at: http://www.gigwise.com/photos/45036/the-coolest-guitars-in-rock pays homage to 30 of the most stylish, iconic and weird guitars in Classic Rock history.
         Counter-culture broadcaster, poet, former MC5 mentor/manager and former leader of the White Panther Party, John Sinclair celebrates the life and music of BO DIDDLEY on his latest show #208 on Radio Free Amsterdam, available on-line at: http://www.radiofreeamsterdam.com/john-sinclair-radio-show-208/
         In a new exclusive podcast interview, Styx guitarist and founding member James "JY" Young relates to radio air personality Dave Lawrence how he traveled to Archer, FL last March on a pilgrimage to meet BO DIDDLEY. A long-time fan, he poignantly reveals in the interview how the first vinyl LP that he bought in the 1960s was "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger". Styx have remained remained popular since the mid-1970s, with hits including "Lady", "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", "Babe", "The Best of Times", "Mr. Roboto" and "Don't Let It End" and are the first rock band to have four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum. James "JY" Young's July 2008 interview with Dave Lawrence can be heard at: http://dlplayer.livejournal.com/


Update: July 21, 2008
         We send our very best wishes to the great Porky Chedwick (aka The Bossman), who is signing off the airwaves today (Saturday) in the city where he has been a broadcasting legend since the late 1940s.
         Porky and his wife Jeanie are moving from Pittsburgh, PA to the Tampa Bay area of Florida next month. He is making his final broadcast in the Steel City this afternoon, on the Charlie Apple Show on Music Power 104 (WLSW 103.9FM).
         Porky Chedwick signed on at the former WHOD-AM (which later became WAMO) in 1948, where he started a trailblazing career as a DJ who helped to desegregate popular music by introducing records by African-American artists to a larger audience. He remained on the local airwaves for years, at WAMO and other oldies stations and most recently was heard on WKFB.
         BO DIDDLEY was a big draw in Pittsburgh through five decades, thanks in part to Porky, who made him a regular on his WAMO radio show. BO DIDDLEY was on the bill in May 1962 for the first major rock concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, the Porky Chedwick Groove Spectacular, along with Hank Ballard, The Skyliners and Jackie Wilson.
         In 1998, BO DIDDLEY was once again headlining in Pittsburgh, when the city celebrated Porky's half-century in radio with the Porkstock Festival at the Three Rivers Stadium.
         We wish Porky and his wife Jeanie a very long and a happy life together in Florida.
         BO DIDDLEY and Charlie Thomas of The Drifters discuss Porky's importance to rhythm & blues and rock & roll (1986): http://www.porkychedwick.com/files/audio.html
         Porky Chedwick official website: http://www.porkychedwick.com/


Update: July 19, 2008
         Fans in Melbourne, Australia may be interested to know that the Bar Open nightclub, 317 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Victoria, is presenting a special BO DIDDLEY tribute night on Thursday July 31st, with local garage/blues favorites The Breadmakers and The Frowning Clouds. Further details, tel. 9415 9601 or check out the Bar Open website: http://www.baropen.com.au/
         Also in Australia, Chris Kinman, maker of BO DIDDLEY's celebrated "Mean Machine" guitar, paid tribute last month on ABC Radio: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2008/s2263694.htm
         Buffalo, NY-based singer-songwriter Tim Baldwin recently recorded a "Bo Diddley Tribute" track, now available for free download on his MySpace website: http://www.myspace.com/timbaldwinbuffalo The track comprises a medley of Donovan's BO DIDDLEY beat song "Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)" plus BO DIDDLEY classics "Who Do You Love" and "Mona (I Need You Baby)".
         Also on-line, Jonny Meister's "BO DIDDLEY - A Remembrance" tribute podcast is available at: http://www.podcastpickle.com/cast/22139
         Leo's Bluesland BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast - Part 1/3 is at: http://leosbluesland.podomatic.com/entry/2008-06-07T22_47_57-07_00
         Leo's Bluesland BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast - Part 2/3 is at: http://leosbluesland.podomatic.com/entry/2008-06-09T20_41_54-07_00
         Leo's Bluesland BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast - Part 3/3 is at: http://leosbluesland.podomatic.com/entry/2008-06-11T22_15_04-07_00
         Professor Groove & DJ Static pay tribute to BO DIDDLEY's 1970s funk tracks on WEFUNK at: http://www.wefunkradio.com/show/2008-06-06


Update: July 16, 2008
         The popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio variety show, created and hosted by Garrison Keillor, recently paid tribute to BO DIDDLEY.
         Pat Donohue & The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band - Richard Dworsky, piano, melodica, keyboard, organ; Joe Savage, steel guitar; Pat Donohue, guitar; Gary Raynor, bass and Peter Johnson, percussion - performed a touching adaptation of his song "Bo Diddley" live at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA during the opening segment of the show, taped Saturday June 7th. The show is now available on-line by visiting: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2008/06/07/
         Spanish radio presenter Alex Ruiz' "Bop Street - Especial BO DIDDLEY" tribute program, featuring more than two hours of BO DIDDLEY tracks, is now available as a podcast at: http://bopstreet.podomatic.com/entry/2008-07-14T09_44_42-07_00
         On BBC Radio next week, Marshall Chess, son of Leonard, the co-founder of Chess Records, narrates "The Chess Story", a 2000 radio documentary chronicling the label that nurtured the careers of artists including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.
         "The Chess Story" is broadcast in 4 daily parts on BBC 6 Music between midnight-12.30am BST (11.00pm-11.30pm GMT/UTC) on Monday July 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th.
         Each program will be available on-line to listeners around the world by visiting the "BBC 6 Music Plays It Again" webpage at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/pia/ and clicking the "Listen" or "Listen Again" links.


Update: July 10, 2008
         We have posted 4 great videos in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum of last Saturday's (July 5th) BO DIDDLEY tribute night at the Backstage Lounge nightclub in Gainesville, FL.
       Making their first public appearance since their father's passing, BO DIDDLEY's daughters Tammi D. Diddley (drums and vocals) and Terri "Bodetta" Diddley (keyboards and vocals) joined forces with Gainesville R&B/funk/rock band favorites Fast Lane, featuring Scott Free (aka Slimmi Hempstix, aka Skyntyte) on guitar and vocals, for a celebration of BO DIDDLEY classics including "I'm A Man", "Crackin' Up" and "Mona (I Need You Baby)".
       These videos are now available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
       Next Wednesday (July 16th) sees the re-formed Offspring - Tammi D. Diddley (drums and vocals), Terri "Bodetta" Diddley (keyboards and vocals), Scott "Skyntyte" Free (guitars and vocals) and Ronnie "Mack" Haughbrook (bass and vocals) - play The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, 7501 Highway 57 in Ocean Springs, MS. Tel. (228) 875-9590 or via the Shed BBQ website at: http://www.theshedbbq.com/ Admission is free.
       Thursday July 17th sees the band performing their tribute show at The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, 15094 Mills Avenue in Gulfport, MS. Tel. (228) 832-1447 or via the Shed BBQ website at: http://www.theshedbbq.com/ Admission is free.
       Friday July 18th sees Offspring, with the addition of Lil' Bo (maracas and vocals), plus the Hamilton Loomis Band, paying tribute to BO DIDDLEY at the Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance Street in Houston, TX. Tel. 713-226 8563 for details or via the Last Concert website at: http://www.lastconcert.com/
       BO DIDDLEY's Offspring MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/bodiddleysoffspring


Update: July 6, 2008
         Hey BO DIDDLEY fans, The August 2008 issue of the "Smithsonian" magazine includes an excellent BO DIDDLEY tribute article written by Ned Sublette. The article is also available on-line at: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/bo-diddley.html The "Smithsonian" magazine is a monthly magazine which chronicles the arts, history, sciences and popular culture of the times. Each subscription includes a complimentary membership to the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the US Government and by funds from its endowment and contributions and from profits from its shops and the magazine.
         In the August 2008 issue of the UK's "Record Collector" magazine, George Thorogood and Dave Davies of The Kinks both discuss BO DIDDLEY's influence on their music. "Record Collector" magazine website: http://www.recordcollectormag.com/
         We have posted a video of the Los Angeles-based world music band The Bonedaddys performing a great version of their song "Say Bo (Where'd You Get That Kpolongo)" at the Santa Monica Pier last week, in a both humorous and touching tribute. The video is available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.


Update: July 5, 2008
         As previously announced, Wednesday July 16th sees the re-formed Offspring - Tammi D. Diddley (drums and vocals), Terri "Bodetta" Diddley (keyboards and vocals), Scott "Skyntyte" Free (guitars and vocals) and Ronnie "Mack" Haughbrook (bass and vocals) - play The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, 7501 Highway 57 in Ocean Springs, MS. Tel. (228) 875-9590 or via the Shed BBQ website at: http://www.theshedbbq.com/ Admission is free.
         Thursday July 17th sees the band performing their tribute show at The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, 15094 Mills Avenue in Gulfport, MS. Tel. (228) 832-1447 or via the Shed BBQ website at: http://www.theshedbbq.com/ Admission is free.
         Friday July 18th sees Offspring, with the addition of Lil' Bo (maracas and vocals), plus the Hamilton Loomis Band, paying tribute to BO DIDDLEY at the Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance Street in Houston, TX. Tel. 713-226 8563 for details or via the Last Concert website at: http://www.lastconcert.com/
         BO DIDDLEY's Offspring also have a new MySpace website, located at: http://www.myspace.com/bodiddleysoffspring


Update: July 3, 2008
         Today's "Thursday Night Feature" program on free-format radio station WXYC 89.3 FM in Chapel Hill, NC will be a 3-hour BO DIDDLEY tribute special. Hosted by Bret Dougherty, he will be interviewing the former Chess Records saxophone player/producer/arranger Gene Barge plus renowned blues photographer/archivist Dick Waterman about BO DIDDLEY's legacy.
         "Thursday Night Feature" is broadcast on WXYC tonight between 9.00pm-midnight EDT (1.00am-4.00am GMT/UTC Friday) and is streamed on-line for listeners around the world on the WXYC website at: http://www.wxyc.org/
         In other news, "Soul Deep: An Anthology of Black Music" is the title of an upcoming benefit concert that will pay homage to artists including BO DIDDLEY, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Little Richard, Curtis Mayfield, Public Enemy and Sarah Vaughan.
         The concert, to be staged on Monday August 18th at Birdland, the famed New York jazz venue, will honor stage and screen star Phylicia Rashad and raise funds for the gospel singing group Broadway Inspirational Voices. The concert features the talents of La La Brooks, Chuck Cooper, Lilli Cooper, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Chad Goodwin, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Justin Keyes, Adriane Lenox, Joshua Melvin, Elisabeth Mendes, Maurice Murphy, Harry Thompson, Destan Owens, Shayna Steele and Sophia Stephens. Show time is 7.00pm.
         Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. Tickets, priced $25 and $50 (VIP), are available by calling (212) 581-3080 or by visiting the Birdland website at: http://www.birdlandjazz.com/


Update: July 1, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY's Offspring, featuring his daughters Tammi and Terri Lynne, have announced further tribute shows for later this month.
         Wednesday July 16th sees the re-formed band - Tammi D. Diddley (drums and vocals), Terri "Bodetta" Diddley (keyboards and vocals), Scott "Skyntyte" Free (guitars and vocals) and Ronnie "Mack" Haughbrook (bass and vocals) - play The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, 7501 Highway 57 in Ocean Springs, MS. Tel. (228) 875-9590 or via the Shed BBQ website at: http://www.theshedbbq.com/ Admission is free. Ocean Springs is the sister city of Islamorada, FL, where BO DIDDLEY and E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemmons headlined the Florida Keys Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund Benefit Concert in January 2006, with all proceeeds from the concert going directly to Katrina victims in Ocean Springs.
         Thursday July 17th sees the band performing their tribute show at The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, 15094 Mills Avenue in Gulfport, MS. Tel. (228) 832-1447 or via the Shed BBQ website at: http://www.theshedbbq.com/ Admission is free.
         Friday July 18th sees Offspring, with the addition of Lil' Bo (maracas and vocals), plus the Hamilton Loomis Band, paying tribute to BO DIDDLEY at the Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance Street in Houston, TX. Tel. 713-226 8563 for details or via the Last Concert website at: http://www.lastconcert.com/
         "Wreck It", the 2005 album track by Florida funk/jam band Munkeez Strikin Matchiz featuring BO DIDDLEY, Chuck D, Bernie Worrell and Scott Free, is now available as a download single from SLAMjamz.com. Further info at: http://www.slamjamz.com/music/viewdlsingle/413 The Soul-Patrol.com website currently has a special preview program about the release of the track, located at: http://www.soul-patrol.net/wreckit.ram (Requires RealPlayer).


Update: June 28, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY's friend, blues/rock guitarist Hamilton Loomis is staging a special BO DIDDLEY tribute show next month, featuring a reunion of Offspring, the band formed in the early 1980s by BO DIDDLEY's daughters Tammi (drums and vocals) and Terri Lynne (keyboards and vocals). The concert is scheduled for Friday July 18th at the Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance St., in Houston, TX, from 8.00pm-midnight. Tel. 713-226 8563 for details or via the Last Concert website at: http://www.lastconcert.com/ To read Hamilton Loomis' moving tribute to his friend and mentor, please visit Hamilton's homepage, located at: http://www.hamiltonloomis.com/index.htm
         Lee Rocker's upcoming "Slip Stream Special: Rumble And Twang" radio show on XM Satellite Radio's X Country Channel is a BO DIDDLEY special. XFM Radio's X Country: Channel 12, broadcasts "Slip Stream Special: Rumble And Twang" next Monday (June 30th) at 11.00am ET, with encore presentations on Thursday July 3rd at 7.00pm ET and Saturday July 5th at 11.00am ET. XFM Radio's X Country: Channel 12 webpage: http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelpage.xmc?ch=12 "Rumble And Twang" website: http://www.rumbleandtwang.com/
         Radio producer Paul Ingles' acclaimed one-hour public radio music special "The BO DIDDLEY Beat: The Music of BO DIDDLEY And His Disciples" has been aired by several public radio stations across the US this month, including Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The program is now available on-line by visiting: http://www.paulingles.com/BO.htm (requires registration).
         Bobby Babylon's great "Mobtown Ska Sounds" BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast is available at: http://mobtownskasounds.podomatic.com/entry/2008-06-06T07_38_05-07_00
         Dave the Spazz' recent BO DIDDLEY tribute show broadcast on WFMU-FM in Jersey City, NJ is now on-line and available to listeners around the world. For 3 hours of fabulous BO DIDDLEY rarities and cover versions etc, visit: http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/27485
         The Cyber Mix Tape Show's 90-minute long "You Ain't BO DIDDLEY - Tribute to The Man and His Sound" is available on-line at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/bc/CyberMixtapeShow/2008/06/05/Webslingin-Wednesday
         The Vienna, Austria-based DJ not-I has a couple of great BO DIDDLEY tribute mixes available on-line: "Who Do You Love (In The Night)" (BO DIDDLEY vs. Eagles of Death Metal) and "You Can't Judge A Boom Sumting" (BO DIDDLEY vs. DJ Vadim) are now available at: http://www.not-i.com/remixes.htm
         "BO DIDDLEY Tribute" is the title of a 5-way musical collaboration track recently uploaded to the Looperman.com website. Looperman is a free pro audio community for musicians, film and video producers, DJs and multimedia designers. The tribute track is available at: http://www.looperman.com/tracks_detail.php?tid=10522
         "Diddley" by Mana Junkie is the title of a tribute track recently uploaded to the ACIDplanet.com website at: http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=1121505&P=1&T=1
         A YouTube video clip taken from the 1973 Columbia movie "Let The Good Times Roll", featuring his breathtaking performance of his song "Bo Diddley-itis" at the 1972 Rock & Roll Spectacular at New York's Madison Square Garden, was the most popular BO DIDDLEY viral video this month. The video clip, which gained widespread popularity through the process of Internet sharing via e-mail, IM messages, blogs and other media sharing websites, is located at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgzn7VyoqEw


Update: June 26, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY's musical protegees The Jewels have spoken of how his death has hit the group hard. Founding member Sandra Bears has told how she and fellow group members Margie Clarke and Grace Ruffin called him at his home last month and sang his 1961 song "Bo Diddley Is A Lover" to him on the phone.
         In 1961, BO DIDDLEY discovered and recorded The Impalas, a Washington, DC-based female vocal quartet who later achieved pop and R&B chart success as The Jewels, with hits such as "Opportunity" and "Smokey Joe".
         We have posted a couple of great videos of The Jewels reminiscing backstage at the recent "Legends Of DC Night" concert, held at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Washington, DC, about their memories of recording with BO DIDDLEY at his home studio in DC and then later meeting and performing on tour with James Brown. In Part 2, in a moving tribute, they perform an impromptu version of the song "Bo Diddley Is A Lover". These videos, along with many other tributes, are now available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         In other news, we are indebted to our good friend Wolfgang Guhl, Webmaster of the popular Chuck Berry - Mr. Rock 'n' Roll website, located at http://www.chuckberry.de/ who has dedicated his website to the memory of BO DIDDLEY.


Update: June 23, 2008
         In his special tribute show to BO DIDDLEY broadcast recently on BBC Radio, the British rhythm & blues singer Paul Jones reveals how, around 1963 and 1964, his band Manfred Mann copied BO DIDDLEY's penchant for self-referentiality for several of the band's earliest songs. This program is currently available on-line to listeners around the world, for the next 7 days, by visiting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/jones/index.shtml and clicking the "Hear the show" link.
         There are also a number of wonderful BO DIDDLEY tribute podcasts now available. These include the following:
         Public Radio International's (PRI) "The World": Lisa Mullins speaks with music writer Ned Sublette about BO DIDDLEY's musical legacy: http://www.theworld.org/?q=bo_diddley
         Chicago Public Radio's "Sound Opinions" tribute podcast: http://www.soundopinions.org/shownotes/2008/060608/shownotes.html
         Radio New Zealand's "Arts On Sunday" archive interview with Billy Boy Arnold: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/artsonsunday/20080608
         "Old-Time Rock 'n' Roll" BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast: http://www.podango.com/podcast_episode/474/76193/Old_Time_Rock_n_Roll/A_tribute_to_Bo_Diddley
         "The Casbah", KSYM Radio in San Antonio, TX, BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast: http://www.archive.org/details/TheCasbah6708BoDiddleyPodcast
         Coverville.com's BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast: http://www.coverville.com/archives/2008/06/coverville_469.html
         Radio Shic's BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast: http://www.radioshic.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=14&Itemid=83
         "Salty Dog Blues & Roots" BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast: http://www.salty.com.au/popups/play_070608.htm
         Music BIZ Podcast's BO DIDDLEY tribute podcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Music-BIZ-Podcast/2008/06/08/How-Bo-Diddley-Defined-Rock-In-Roll
         "Shaddup and Listen" "Homage To BO DIDDLEY" tribute podcast: http://www.shaddupandlisten.com/
         GaragePunk.com's "Radi-BO-blivion" tribute podcast: http://www.garagepunk.com/2008/06/04/radi-bo-blivion/
         01Podcast.com's "Bo's Beats and Others" tribute podcast: http://www.01podcast.com/episode.php?item_number=63685


Update: June 19, 2008
         The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 Paul Jones rhythm & blues show to be aired next Monday (June 23rd) will include a special tribute to BO DIDDLEY. The Paul Jones show is broadcast weekly on Mondays between 7.00pm-8.00pm BST (6.00pm-7.00pm GMT/UTC). Listeners around the world can hear the program live, or for an additional 7 days after the program has been broadcast, by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones webpage, located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/jones/index.shtml and clicking either the "Listen" or the "Listen Again" links.
         We have posted a video of ESPN's Peter Gammons' touching tribute to BO DIDDLEY in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum. The celebrated baseball commentator and columnist and a noted blues guitar player, played a BO DIDDLEY beat version of baseball's unofficial anthem, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game", on his Fender Stratocaster guitar during ESPN's popular "Baseball Tonight" program on Sunday night. This and other tribute videos and comments are available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         Bob Englehart, editorial cartoonist for The Hartford Courant newspaper, also recently paid this poignant tribute to BO DIDDLEY: http://blogs.courant.com/bob_englehart/2008/06/june-4-2008.html


Update: June 17, 2008
         "Road Runner/The Chess Masters 1959-1960" is the title of the second major BO DIDDLEY 2-CD compilation set to be released by Hip-O Select.
         Currently Hip-O Select's Featured Release, this CD Edition is limited to 5,000 non-numbered limited edition copies.
         This second Hip-O Select volume of BO DIDDLEY's classic Chess recordings stands as a reminder of how endlessly creative and groundbreaking "The Originator" was. The 52-track volume covers all of his 1959 home and Chess studio recordings, plus half of his first 1960 session, and it shows BO DIDDLEY expanding his musical base far and wide, including adding a second guitarist, emphasizing melodies very different than his original blues base and working on a number of intriguing guitar and rhythm-based instrumentals.
         There is only one major hit here, the title song, but this volume is a treasure trove of BO DIDDLEY-ized rare gems - 20 previously unreleased songs or alternates - plus many tracks seeing life on CD for the first time in the US (and sometimes anywhere).
         The double CD also includes insightful liner notes by BO DIDDLEY biographer/discographer George R. White, plus complete track by track credits.
         Hip-O Select is an Internet-only retail site specializing in reissues of hard to find and out of print titles from the Universal Music Group. Selling directly to customers through its website, the label has released close to 200 projects featuring such diverse artists as The Animals, James Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Etta James, Peggy Lee, The Supremes, DJ Shadow, Suzanne Vega and Joe Walsh.
BO DIDDLEY: "Road Runner/The Chess Masters, 1959-1960"
Disc 1
1. Mama Mia
2. Bucket (Take 1) - Previously Unreleased in USA
3. Bucket (Take 2) - Previously Unreleased in USA
4. What Do You Know About Love
5. Lazy Woman (Alternate Take 1) - Previously Unreleased
6. Lazy Woman (Take 3)
7. Come On Baby (Take 2) - Previously Unreleased
8. Come On Baby (Instrumental Run-through Take 3) - Previously Unreleased
9. Come On Baby (Take 4)
10. Nursery Rhyme aka Puttentang
11. Mumblin' Guitar
12. James' Instrumental - Previously Unreleased
13. Silly Willy - Previously Unreleased
14. I Love You So aka The Beat
15. Story Of Bo Diddley aka My Story
16. She's Alright (Unedited Version)
17. She's Alright (Alternate Take) - Previously Unreleased
18. She's Alright (Mindy Lou) (Alternate Take) - Previously Unreleased
19. She's Alright
20. Darling Tell Me - Previously Unreleased
21. Limbo aka Limber (Alternate Take) - Previously Unreleased
22. Limbo aka Limber
23. Gonna Tell It Like It Is - Previously Unreleased
24. Say Man, Back Again (Alternate Take)
25. Say Man, Back Again
26. Jungle - Previously Unreleased
Disc 2
1. Walking (Alternate Take 2) - Previously Unreleased
2. Walking (Alternate Take 4) - Previously Unreleased
3. To Each His Own - Previously Unreleased
4. Run Diddley Daddy
5. Unknown Title Issued As Run Diddley Daddy - Previously Unreleased
6. Road Runner (Alternate Take) - Previously Unreleased
7. Road Runner
8. Spend My Life With You
9. Love You Baby
10. Diddling aka Tash
11. Cadillac
12. Limbo
13. Willie Fell In Love (Version 1) - Previously Unreleased
14. Willie Fell In Love (Version 2 [Take 10]) - Previously Unreleased
15. Look At My Baby
16. Better Watch Yourself
17. Prisoner Of Love (Fast Version)
18. Prisoner Of Love (Slow Version) - Previously Unreleased
19. You Know I Love You So - Previously Unreleased
20. Let Me In (Alternate Version 1) - Previously Unreleased
21. Let Me In (Alternate Version 2) - Previously Unreleased
22. Let Me In
23. Signifying Blues (Unedited)
24. Signifying Blues
25. Deed & Deed I Do (Alternate Take) - Previously Unreleased
26. Deed & Deed I Do
         Hip-O Select website: http://www.hip-oselect.com/



Update: June 16, 2008
         The past couple of weeks have seen many performers, including Blondie, Ted Nugent, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, George Thorogood & The Destroyers and KT Tunstall, giving shout-outs to BO DIDDLEY.
         One of the more unusual tributes is due later today (Sunday) on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" program, when the celebrated baseball commentator and columnist Peter Gammons, also a noted blues guitar player, is scheduled to play a BO DIDDLEY beat version of baseball's unofficial anthem, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game", on his Fender Stratocaster guitar.
         The program airs on the ESPN cable TV network at 7.00pm ET, ahead of the Los Angeles Angels vs. Atlanta Braves game.
         Traditionally sung during the seventh-inning stretch of a game, the song is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
         Peter Gammons bio ESPN webpage: http://espn.go.com/gammons/s/bio.html



Update: June 15, 2008
         "Wreck It", the 2005 album track by Florida funk/jam band Munkeez Strikin Matchiz featuring BO DIDDLEY, Chuck D, Bernie Worrell and Scott Free, is being rush released as a download single by SLAMjamz.com. Further info at: http://www.slamjamz.com/music/viewdlsingle/413 The Soul-Patrol.com website currently has a special preview program about the release of the track, located at: http://www.soul-patrol.net/wreckit.ram (Requires RealPlayer).
         TIME Magazine On-line has published a BO DIDDLEY Photo Essay in celebration of his life and career, located at: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1811305,00.html (NB. BO DIDDLEY was, of course, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The 2005 photograph shown in the TIME magazine gallery is of a special guest performance he gave for the Hall of Fame's 20th annual Induction Ceremony and not as shown in the photo caption).
         Writing in his blog today (Monday), Robert Fontenot, About.com's Guide to Oldies Music, chooses his list of the Top Ten Greatest BO DIDDLEY Songs: "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Who Do You Love", "Before You Accuse Me", "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover", "Mona (I Need You Baby)", "Pretty Thing", "Bring It To Jerome", "Hey Bo Diddley" and "Say Man" all make the final cut, along with audio clips of each track, over at: http://oldies.about.com/od/rbandblues/tp/bodiddleygreatest.htm
         Maggie Mayall, wife of UK bluesman John Mayall, has penned the following tribute to BO DIDDLEY (and his culinary skills) for the Mad as Hell Club website: http://www.madashellclub.net/?p=2407



Update: June 9, 2008
         Gator Wood brought a picture on a 25-hour motorcycle ride from Arkanas to attend BO DIDDLEY's funeral, last Saturday. He told reporters how BO DIDDLEY twice saved his life. First, getting him off drug and alcohol addictions and then when he was considering suicide after his wife's death. "I told him I really had enough and was checking out. And he said, I couldn't do that because he'd have to live his life without me. Now I have to go on without him and it's going to be real hard. He might have been a rock and roll star to some, but he was really a friend to others", Wood said with tears in his eyes.
         Billy "Dino" Downing, who drummed with BO DIDDLEY in the 1960s, remembered his fondness for playing practical jokes: "Gluing their shoes to the floor, things like that, to musicians, you know. Those are the kind of things we remember. And the cooking, he loved to cook".
         Photographer Bob Gruen: "It's a great loss. The beginning of the end of the era. But not the end of rock and roll. Rock and roll will go on forever, thanks to BO DIDDLEY".
         We have posted a video titled "BO DIDDLEY: A Celebration of a Rock 'n' Roll Giant" by Tricia Coyne of The Gainesville Sun in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum. It was recorded on "BO DIDDLEY Day", Saturday June 7th 2008, in Gainesville, FL. This and other tribute videos and comments are available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         Mike Marti hosts a 3-hour all-BO DIDDLEY record special on WWUH 91.3FM in West Hartford, CT today (Monday), between 1.00pm-4.00pm EDT (5.00pm-8.00pm GMT/UTC). The program can be heard on-line around the world by visiting: http://www.wwuh.org/real.htm


Update: June 7, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY's funeral held in Gainesville, FL today (Saturday) rocked and rolled with as much energy as his music.
         For four hours, friends and relatives sang, danced and celebrated the life of the man who helped give birth to rock and roll with a signature beat that influenced Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and many others.
         As family members passed by the casket, a gospel band played his namesake song. Within moments, the crowd of several hundred began clapping in time and shouting, "Hey Bo Diddley!"
         "In 1955 he used to keep the crowds rocking and rolling way before Elvis Presley," BO DIDDLEY's grandson, Garry Mitchell, said before kicking his legs sideways, high up in the air the way BO DIDDLEY did on-stage. Mourners cheered. "I'm just telling it the way it is", he said.
         BO DIDDLEY was remembered for much more than his songs. Friends recounted his generosity, manifested in concerts for the homeless and work with youth groups and other charities; and the way he loved to talk to just about anybody he met.
         Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan referred to one of his most famous hits as she told the crowd, "When the question is asked, "Who do you love?", it's you, Bo".
         Rock singer Eric Burdon attended the service and flowers were sent from musicians including Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Petty, George Thorogood and others.
         Last night's "Free Fridays" concert at the Downtown Community Plaza in Gainesville, FL was the first of a month-long series of concerts celebrating National Black Music Month and also marked the unofficial beginning of a weekend celebrating the life of BO DIDDLEY. David Ballard, event coordinator with Gainesville's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, hosted last night's concert and began proceedings with a special acknowledgment of BO DIDDLEY and his legacy.
         The UK's BBC Radio 4 weekly obituaries program "Last Word" broadcast yesterday (Friday), included extracts from a recorded interview with BO DIDDLEY plus a poignant tribute to him from Paul Jones, lead singer with Manfred Mann and The Blues Band. The program is currently available on-line to listeners around the world for the next 7 days, by clicking the "Listen To The Latest Edition" link at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/lastword.shtml
         This week's edition of "The Beat", the weekly guide to global pop music broadcast on the BBC World Service, featured a special BO DIDDLEY tribute. To mark his genius, music writer Charles Shaar Murray discussed BO DIDDLEY's legacy and the British electro-blues outfit Alabama 3 provided a unique musical tribute. The program is currently available on-line to listeners around the world for the next 7 days, by clicking the "Listen" link at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/the_beat.shtml
         We have posted a YouTube video in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum of a 2-minute radio interview from last Monday with ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, paying tribute to BO DIDDLEY. This and other tribute videos and comments are available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         A new DVD containing what is believed to be BO DIDDLEY's last extended filmed interview, taped in March 2006, is currently ready to ship. The documentary movies "Electrified: The Story of The Maxwell Street Urban Blues" and "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street" are available to order on-line on DVD from: http://store.electrifiedthemovie.com/StoreBox/index.htm
         Top radio personality Jim Ladd paid tribute to BO DIDDLEY this week with a 90-minute live special broadcast on 95.5 KLOS-FM Classic Rock in Los Angeles that included phone calls from George Thorogood and drummer John Densmore of The Doors.
         UK singer/composer Peter Gabriel, speaking to BBC Radio, paid tribute to BO DIDDLEY thus: "He appears in a lot of writing that I've done over the years because of the groove with which he was associated, which is the "Bo Diddley rhythm". He was really one of the first people to make an African element a central part of pop music and it was done with a lot of feel and a lot of style. I was sad to see him on the departed list". Gabriel also spoke on BO DIDDLEY's legacy: "It'll be songs using that rhythm, which is great. I mean, to be remembered by a groove - I hope that people visit his grave, they'll hear it".
         Rock singer Eric Burdon paid this tribute: "Bo's one of the guys who invented rock 'n' roll. He took two cultures that existed in separate forms - country and western and the kind of blues that used to be known as "race music" - and put them together. His beat was a jungle beat. That's what he called it".
         A leading UK politician, Lorraine Barrett, Assembly Member (AM) for Cardiff South & Penarth, has been reminiscing about the time she met BO DIDDLEY: "I only met him once, but he was a lovely man. My husband Paul was acting as the MC for Bo's UK tour with Carl Perkins in 1977. I went up to see the show at Hammersmith Odeon and it was amazing to be watching these incredible rock 'n' roll musicians from the wings. Carl was great, but Bo was amazing. It was one of those magic moments in life. Bo was such a nice guy. I've met quite a few American musicians over the years, but he was one of the best. He'd previously played in Cardiff and he said he wanted to come back to Wales to get some images of Cardiff and Caerphilly castles. His wife had a ceramics business. He was due to play at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff in one of the last gigs before it closed, but he had a stroke and unfortunately couldn't make it. The death of Bo is very sad, because it means there are only two of the truly rock 'n' roll originals left - Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry. Everyone who is into rock 'n' roll knows the Bo Diddley riff - he was a real legend".
         Paul Barrett, former manager of the popular UK singer Shakin' Stevens, had this to say about BO DIDDLEY: "Bo was really incredible. At one gig in London some rockabilly kids turned up with a Confederate flag and Bo wondered what was going on. I explained it was nothing to do with racism - they just liked Southern music. Bo insisted on having a picture taken with them because he said the folks back home wouldn't believe the story otherwise".
         Radio presenter "Uncle" Joe Benson, from 95.5 KLOS-FM Classic Rock in Los Angeles, has paid this tribute: "The first time Bo Diddley entered my consciousness was at a sock hop in late 1963: his song came on and the kids started dancing like crazy, like they were being driven by some mysterious force! In short order we learned that being able to play that beat could turn neophyte guitarists into rock stars (albeit for two minutes at a time). And when The Rolling Stones covered Buddy Holly's 'Not Fade Away' and really worked that Bo Diddley beat, and when The Yardbirds covered 'I'm A Man,' the power of that Bo Diddley beat was ours! Think about it - primal music that empowered and inspired kids to dance and want to play music. We're all born with a gift of some talent and I still think that touching millions by channeling that beat was Bo's".
         Singer/songwriter Willie Nile, who recently penned the song "The Day I Saw Bo Diddley In Washington Square", recalls watching a BO DIDDLEY performance in the early 1960s: "I just heard that Bo Diddley passed away. I'm very sad to hear that. As Dave Marsh pointed out in our last interview, it's great that I got to write and record "The Day I Saw Bo Diddley In Washington Square" while he was still alive. The version on the new DVD is really good. I'm really happy about that. I first saw Bo play when I was in high school in Buffalo, NY. I went with my girlfriend and two friends to a club on the east side of Buffalo called The Pine Grill. We were the only white people in the place. It was an incredible performance, soulful, rockin', lowdown and with rhythm to spare. It was a great night. He raised the roof. Though people looked at us strangely, wondering what these white kids coming down to a place like this were doing there, it was what you always dream of seeing and experiencing - a master, at the top of his game".


Update: June 6, 2008
         Further details of this weekend's services for BO DIDDLEY have been announced.
         A private wake for family and invited friends will be held today (Friday) at the Showers of Blessing Harvest Center in Gainesville, FL, with a public viewing from 1.00pm-2.00pm and the funeral service from 2.00pm-5.00pm at the same location tomorrow (Saturday).
         A memorial service featuring a musical tribute from the Debby Hastings Band and guest musicians will be held immediately following the funeral service at Gainesville's Martin Luther King Center.
         The burial service, which is scheduled for Sunday, is also a private event. Fans who wish to send flowers are instructed to contact Prange's Florist at 352-335-0100.
         Donations can also be made in lieu of flowers to: The Bo Diddley Charitable Foundation, c/o Ronald Stevens, Esq., 280 East Hathaway Avenue, Bronson, FL, 32621, USA.
         BO DIDDLEY is expected to receive a posthumous honorary degree from the University of Florida (UF) for his influence on American popular music. When he died early this week, the process of honoring him was already in the works. He was nominated last fall for the honor, but a lengthy approval process pushed a vote on the recognition past his death Monday. The Faculty Senate approved awarding the degree March 20th and it was endorsed by the College of Fine Arts. The UF trustees will decide next Friday (June 13th). The honorary degree would be awarded at August commencement ceremonies. BO DIDDLEY's nomination for an honorary degree received letters of support from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame officials and Philadelphia International Records chairman Kenneth Gamble. A resume was submitted that included a list of hits "that rivaled those of Chuck Berry in quality" and accomplishments such as influencing the Rolling Stones and other musicians. The UF trustees' document supporting the honor states: "BO DIDDLEY ... has had a vast influence on the popular music world... BO DIDDLEY's work paved the way for an entire generation of artists, many of whom achieved notoriety by imitating and developing his work... BO DIDDLEY is not only a musician, but also an innovative composer who created a new guitar sound that was quickly absorbed by other players".
         BO DIDDLEY's home town is to rename this weekend's traditional Yulee Railroad Days celebration in his honor. Tomorrow's (Saturday) celebration has been renamed Yulee Diddley Days and will pay tribute to BO DIDDLEY and his accomplishments. The town of Archer, FL has been celebrating Yulee Days for the past 13 years. In recent years, the event has branched out to other towns across North Florida that were buoyed more than 150 years ago by the building of Yulee's railroad, which stretched from Fernandina to Cedar Key. Saturday's festivities are considered to be the "grand finale" for the Yulee Days' activities, which started May 30th in Gainesville. Rodney Long, chairman of the Alachua County Commission, will read a proclamation for BO DIDDLEY at tomorrow's parade, which kicks off at 10.00am in Archer. Later, Long will speak at BO DIDDLEY's 2.00pm funeral. Condolences for BO DIDDLEY's family also will be collected at the parade. BO DIDDLEY's Mustang will be the head of the parade followed by around 100 riderless horses and blasting cannons.
         The Voice of America's "American Mosaic" program, a weekly radio magazine in Special English, broadcast a special tribute to BO DIDDLEY yesterday (Thursday). The program is also available on-line via MP3 and RealAudio downloads at: http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2008-06-05-voa1.cfm
         In the UK, Mark Lamarr's popular "Shake, Rattle & Roll" show on BBC Radio 2 yesterday (Thursday) was entirely devoted to BO DIDDLEY and his music. The program is also currently available on-line to listeners around the world, for the next 7 days, by clicking the "Listen Again" link at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/lamarr/
         The Experience Music Project and Mississippi Public Broadcasting have both posted YouTube videos in memory of BO DIDDLEY. The videos, along with other video tributes, are available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         Black Lips, the self-described "flower punk" band from Atlanta, GA, paid homage to BO DIDDLEY this week by performing his song "Mona" during their concert in Hoboken, NJ. The track is now available for free exclusive download at the UK Guardian newspaper's music blog, located at http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/06/black_lips_tribute_to_bo_diddl.html
         Also writing in the UK Guardian newspaper, former Jesus & The Mary Chain member John Moore recalls several happy encounters with BO DIDDLEY: http://arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,2283869,00.html
         The popular Soul-Patrol.com website this week devoted a special edition of its Newsletter to BO DIDDLEY and his legacy, located at: http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/in/view1.php?id=257


Update: June 3, 2008
         Tributes are pouring in for BO DIDDLEY, who passed away peacefully at his Archer, FL home at 1.45am EDT yesterday (Monday).
         Family members had gathered at his home and sang the gospel song "Walk Around Heaven". He said "wow" with a thumbs up and in his last words he stated that he was going to heaven.

         "Listening to Bo Diddley, you could convince yourself that the only thing you need to create great rock 'n' roll is a tremolo guitar, a killer beat and one and a half chords. Many tried and some have failed, but nobody did it like Diddley". (Elvis Costello)
         "It's a good day because I've walked on the planet at the same time as Bo Diddley. The simplistic and humorous artistry that accompanied this creation we all know as the Bo Diddley beat is a resounding testament to someone who knew how to touch us in a rock 'n' roll way. Bo Diddley was the man who constructed the sound we all grew to revolve around ... and a vision of simplicity delivered through effortless expression and sense of humor. Many times, Bo made a point to say, "I'll always be around" and we know he will". (Billy F. Gibbons, ZZ Top)
         "I think we were all fans of Bo Diddley's rhythm and style. So many artists have borrowed his simple, but powerful rhythms, his chocolate bar shaped-guitar. Bo Diddley, may you rest in peace and live on through future musicians". (Albert Hammond, Jr., The Strokes)
         "The Bo Diddley beat is the bedrock for thousands of bands including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead and countless others. His slashing rhythm guitar brought the most powerful rhythms from west Africa into rock 'n' roll. When I was 14 years old I happened to wander into a club and have the opportunity to play my first public performance with the master. It seems his drummer was late and asked if there was drummer in the house. That moment will always be with me. Rock the heavens, Mr Diddley, like only you can". (Mickey Hart, The Grateful Dead)
         "He was a wonderful, original musician who was an enormous force in music and was a big influence on The Rolling Stones. He was very generous to us in our early years and we learned a lot from him. We will never see his like again." (Sir Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones)
         "It's rotten news about Bo Diddley. When I heard it I put "Road Runner" on the record player. What a riff. What a guitarist - totally revolutionised the way the instrument was played with that loose sexy rhythm". (Alex Kapranos, Franz Ferdinand)
         "Bo Diddley was a music pioneer and legend with a unique style. We always had a good time when we played together, but his legacy will live on forever". (BB King)
         "People will say when someone new comes along, that he's kind of like this guy or that guy. They will never, ever say, "Oh, he's like Bo Diddley". He was as one-of-a-kind as you could possibly imagine". (Dave Marsh, music historian)
         "Bo Diddley's voice and relentless, glorious anthems echo down through my years. Without him, the history of music would not have developed as it has. This royal shape shifter continues to influence four generations of musicians on a daily basis". (Robert Plant)
         "Bo Diddley was one of rock 'n' roll's true pioneers. He leaves an indelible mark on American music and culture and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and fans. The Bo Diddley beat surely will continue on". (Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy)
         "Bo Diddley was a monumental figure in early rock 'n' roll, a huge influence on everyone. He was a wonderful man, a true original musician and beloved the world over. He will be sorely missed". (Bonnie Raitt)
         "He's a huge hero of mine and the fact that he knew who I was was a huge compliment. Bo Diddley created a myth that was uniquely his own. An entire rhythm is owed to just one guy and that's pretty rare. He was such a trooper and a timeless individual. I'm hoping the pioneers of rock like Bo Diddley won;t be forgotten". (Slash, Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver)
         "I first heard Bo Diddley in 1966. I knew The Rolling Stones were big on this guy and I got a copy of Bo Diddley's "16 All-Time Greatest Hits" and flipped over it and played it constantly. I first met him in 1979 and as years went on we got closer and closer. It's an honor to be associated with his great music. I just had "Hand Jive" on last night. It goes, "A doctor, a lawyer and an indian chief/They all dig that Diddley beat". That says it all". (George Thorogood)
         "I've always felt that Bo Diddley was a groundbreaker and an innovator. It was guys like Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Johnny Otis that did things in their eras that will never be matched. Here we are 50 and 60 years later, and people are still appreciating what a man like Bo Diddley did. While we may not overall be fans of rock and roll, we should understand that it is the foundation of what our music is today. There would not be hip hop, doo wop and R&B if not for rock. Unfortunately, it's hard for today's generation to appreciate the nostalgia that Bo Diddley brings. He may be considered rock and roll, but we also know that we invented the genre. Rock and roll belongs to us; we just gave it away". (Lorenzo Williams, Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Edutainment Center)
         "I've been a Bo Diddley fan ever since I heard those throbbing sounds coming through my little four-inch radio speaker out of WLAC in Nashville back in the the '50. The world just won't be the same without him." (Bob Timmers, Rockabilly Hall of Fame)

         "I was about six or seven when I first heard Bo Diddley's music and my dad had his first six albums. The one I used to listen to all the time was "Bo Diddley Is A Gun Slinger". It's just a brilliant record, it's really primal and it just had a huge impact on guitar sounds and how I wanted things to sound.
         Without him, there wouldn't be any music - the history of music would not have developed as it has. You wouldn't have the Rolling Stones and you wouldn't have had all the beat groups in the 1960s and you wouldn't have had the Stooges. Conversely, logically, you wouldn't have had punk and the Sex Pistols and a lot of other stuff. His music and that Bo Diddley beat, that kind of shaven-haircut, two-bits beat that he had is kind of the bedrock of most rock 'n' roll. He took a very childlike, simple beat and beefed it up massively and changed the face of modern music very simply. There's him, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard that I think are the cornerstones of modern music. The Bo Diddley beat can be heard in "Not Fade Away" - play any number of his tracks. That beat came almost from children's nursery rhymes and it came from outside barber shops in America. Outside the barber shops, they'd have a kid with a little wooden plank with tap shoes playing that kind of rhythm. He took a very childlike, simple beat and beefed it up massively and changed the face of modern music very simply. But it was a very brilliant idea.
         People who know, really honor and respect him. I could probably play six records that have completely nicked that beat - from Rolling Stones to U2 - and I don't know if the general public are aware that it actually comes from him. I hope now that he gets the fitting tributes he deserves because he was a genius. He'll definitely be missed by me and probably thousands of other people too. It's always upsetting when you hear that one of the greats has passed away because it takes us further away from the source of what makes great music. I just hope that people continue listening to Bo Diddley for a thousand years. His first album, if anyone can get it - every track is a classic. There's a song of his called "Who Do You Love" that, if you listen to it, you can hear pretty much every rock 'n' roll band in that one track. My dad worked with him in the 60s, he did a gig with him when he toured in England. He said he was really a gentle man and quite a funny bloke and, apparently, he had the biggest hands he'd ever seen on a human being. He was an incredible musician.
         As human beings, I think we need something that that's primal to keep us going. I think musicians will inevitably gravitate towards the source of the river - the mountain top - and that's where Bo Diddley was. (UK singer Richard Hawley, speaking on BBC Radio)

         Ribald tales, laughs among Bo Diddley memories for Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins.
         TORONTO - Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins remembers the late Bo Diddley as more than just a rock 'n' roll pioneer - for the Hawk, Diddley was one of his biggest mentors when it came to the after-show ritual of picking up women.
         "He was a ladies man, he was a lover," Hawkins said of Diddley, who died Monday at age 79.
         Hawkins, who scored a hit in 1958 with his cover of Diddley's "Hey Bo Diddley," recalled fond times spent laughing and telling stories with the legendary artist, whom he befriended in the late 1950s when they both appeared on a variety show hosted by Alan Freed.
         That New York meeting came soon after Hawkins and his group - which included future Band member Levon Helm - moved to Canada from Memphis, Tenn.
         Hawkins, who was born in Huntsville, Ark., credited part of his rockabilly style to Diddley.
         "We're in mourning everywhere because of poor old Bo," Hawkins said from his home in Peterborough, Ont.
         "He was one of my heroes because he invented things, you know, simple things ... the sounds that he could get and the rhythms that he could get were just Bo Diddley."
         Oft-referred to as a founding father of rock 'n' roll, Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., said a spokeswoman. He had suffered a heart attack last summer, and three months earlier had suffered a stroke.
         Hawkins said the last time he spoke with Diddley was two or three years ago when they discussed a plan to tour Western Canada together. Those plans never came to pass, and Hawkins turned his hopes for a reunion to an event planned for later this year, when he marks his 50th anniversary in Canada with a massive music jam.
         "They asked me who I wanted (for the celebrations) and Bo was Number One," said Hawkins, 73.
         Hawkins said he and Diddley would cross paths on the concert circuit several times a year, a collision that would invariably lead to an exchange of ribald tales.
         "It was always good, we had lots of laughs," he said, cautioning that most of his stories were too racy for print. "We talked about the old times, this and that, what went on, how crooked the music business is and how much he got cheated."
         "He was my hero."

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Update: May 20, 2008
         A BO DIDDLEY Signature Gretsch guitar, signed by BO DIDDLEY in the year 2001, is one of the lots on offer in the upcoming all-star "Icons Of Music" benefit auction.
         This unprecedented collection of music memorabilia from many of music's greatest legends including The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, Sir Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Tom Petty, Elvis Presley, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and The Who, will benefit Music Rising, a campaign co-founded by U2's the Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz in 2005 to aid musicians of the Gulf Coast Region in regaining their livelihood after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
         More details regarding Lot #12 in the auction, the iconic BO DIDDLEY Signature Gretsch signed guitar, with an estimated value of between $1,000 and $2,000, can be found by visiting the following Auction Network webpage: http://global01.auctionnetwork.vfx.com/UpcomingItem.asp?EventId=4131
         Ahead of the auction, the historic collection of offerings go on public display from today (Thursday) until Saturday May 24th at The Celebrity Vault, Beverly Hills, CA, from 11.00am-7.00pm daily and then on to the Hard Rock Cafe, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY from Monday May 26th thru Friday May 30th inc., from 11.00am-10.00pm daily.
         The live and on-line auction event is scheduled for Saturday May 31st at the Hard Rock Cafe, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY beginning at 9.30am EST.
         Auction Network, the first 24/7, multimedia network solely dedicated to auctions, will conduct a live webcast in real-time streaming video of the "Icons of Music" auction. Auction Network will provide music fans around the world a front row seat to watch the action and excitement of the live auction and the ability to bid in real-time on items via the Internet.
         There are four ways to bid in the sale: bidding through Auction Network on the Internet using real-time and absentee bidding, or by placing bids in the room by attending the auction, or by bidding over the telephone through an auction house representative who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer, or by absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalog and are available at Julien's Auctions offices or by visiting their website, located at: http://www.juliensauctions..com/
         Julien's Auctions On-line Store webpage: http://www.juliensauctions.com/shop/html/Music-Rising-Presents-Icons-of-Music-2008.html
         Music Rising website: http://www.musicrising.org/


Update: May 20, 2008
         Fans may be interested to know that Marshall Chess, the son and nephew of the Chess Records founders, is to be the guest on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 Jools Holland show to be aired next Monday (May 26th). During the program he will be discussing his first encounters with Muddy Waters, his work with blues and hip hop artists and his new album "Chess Moves - Future Blues", a modern interpretation of Chess blues classics by artists including Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
         The Jools Holland radio show is broadcast weekly on Mondays between 10.30pm-11.30pm BST (9.30pm-10.30pm GMT/UTC).
         Listeners around the world can hear the program live, or for an additional 7 days after the program has been broadcast, by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Jools Holland webpage, located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/holland/index.shtml and clicking either the "Listen" or the "Listen Again" links.
         Also next week, BO DIDDLEY's home state of Mississippi celebrates its musical legacy with a star-studded "Mississippi - The Birthplace of America's Music Celebrates Its GRAMMY Legacy" gala hosted by Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour.
         Reflecting the diversity of the State's unparalleled role in many genres of music, the gala event, set for the evening of Thursday May 29th at the Marriott Windsor Ballroom in Jackson, will celebrate the contributions of Mississippians to America's musical heritage and GRAMMY recognition thereof.
         Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Mississippi Blues Commission, whose Blues Trail project places interpretive markers at notable historical sites related to the history and growth of the blues throughout the State.
         BBC Radio 2 Jools Holland webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/holland/index.shtml
         BO DIDDLEY's Blues Marker, Mississippi Blues Trail webpage, (Click on "McComb"): http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail/river/
         BO DIDDLEY Featured Article on Mississippi Wiki website: http://www.mississippiwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Bo_Diddley


Update: May 7, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY is one of a number of notable Mississippians featuring in the "Mississippi, Believe It!" public service campaign designed to inform and educate the citizens of Mississippi, as well as interested parties across the US, about the wonderful people, aspects and facts associated with the State.
         The campaign's new "Y'all May Think We Talk Funny, But The World Takes Our Music Seriously" ad, which features BO DIDDLEY and other notable MS musicians and singers, has just been unveiled and can be viewed on-line at http://www.mississippibelieveit.com/ads/print_music.html
         The campaign's 2005 "No Black. No White. Just The Blues" ad, featuring BO DIDDLEY and other notable MS blues musicians, can be viewed on-line at http://www.mississippibelieveit.com/ads/print_blues.html
         Designed by The Cirlot Agency, Inc., a MS-based, full-service, marketing, public relations and corporate communications firm, the ads are part of a 17 ads/posters campaign that has reached an estimated 120 million people worldwide and earned national media coverage, from The New York Times to National Public Radio. Posters of each ad have been placed in more than a thousand schools statewide.
         In 2005, the ads were sent to select MS newspapers, magazines and trade publications, along with the Associated Press and other wire services. Television stations, Mississippi Public Broadcasting and university and college publications also received the campaign. The posters were sent to all public and private K-12 schools and every college and university in the State.
         Outside the State of MS, the ads were sent to the nation's top 100 daily newspapers, top consumer websites and the top news, travel, business and economic magazines. They were also sent to national talk shows and broadcast news outlets with MS ties, such as to FOX News Channel's Shepard Smith and ABC's Robin Roberts. Additional posters were made available to national events with MS ties.
         In 2008, the process is being repeated. The sets of 17 posters are being sent to all public and private K-12 schools and every college and university in the State, as well as State and national media.
         A prime target for the campaign awaits in September, when more than 3,000 journalists from around the world will travel to Oxford, MS for the first presidential debate, at the University of Mississippi's Gertrude C. Ford Center.
         For personal use, anyone may download and print 8 1/2 x 11 copies of the "Mississippi, Believe It!" posters free of charge at the campaign website located at: http://www.mississippibelieveit.com/
         "Mississippi, Believe It!" campaign website: http://www.mississippibelieveit.com/
         The Cirlot Agency, Inc. website: http://www.cirlot.com/
         "Y'all May Think We Talk Funny, But The World Takes Our Music Seriously" ad: http://www.mississippibelieveit.com/ads/print_music.html
         "No Black. No White. Just The Blues" ad: http://www.mississippibelieveit.com/ads/print_blues.html


Update: April 22, 2008
         The Baton Rouge, LA-based actor Brett Beoubay has been cast in the role of "Bo Diddley's Manager" in "Chess", the new feature biopic currently in production.
         Directed by Jerry Zaks, the movie chronicles the life of Leonard Chess (Alessandro Nivola), co-founder of Chess Records which launched the careers of some of the music industry's biggest names, including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Etta James and Muddy Waters.
         David Oyelowo will play Muddy Waters, while Jon Abrahams will play Leonard's younger brother, Phil Chess.
         The script for "Chess" was penned by Peter Wortmann and Bob Conte and is being produced by Jonathan Mitchell, Les Alexander and Andrea Baynes through Checkmate Productions. Shooting is currently underway in New Orleans, LA thru May 16th.
         The film will compete against Sony/BMG Film's "Cadillac Records", which also centers on the rise and fall of Chess Records. That film stars Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles, Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright.
         In other news, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 Paul Jones rhythm & blues show to be aired next Monday (April 28th), will include a special tribute to the great Muddy Waters, 2 days ahead of the 25th anniversary of his death.
         The Paul Jones show is broadcast weekly on Mondays between 7.00pm-8.00pm BST (6.00pm-7.00pm GMT/UTC).
         Listeners around the world can hear the program live, or for an additional 7 days after the program has been broadcast, by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones webpage, located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/jones/index.shtml and clicking either the "Listen" or the "Listen Again" links.
         Muddy Waters official website: http://www.muddywaters.com/
         BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones show webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/jones/index.shtml


Update: April 18, 2008
         Fans in London, England will have the opportunity to see the critically acclaimed 1977 TV documentary series "All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music", including interviews with BO DIDDLEY, at a special screening to be held next month ahead of its Tuesday May 13th release on DVD.
         In the mid-1970s, at the suggestion of John Lennon, the celebrated UK journalist and film director Tony Palmer decided to document the story of popular music and set about interviewing and filming all the major players in the industry at that time.
         Palmer's magisterial 17-part documentary series was credibly hailed on transmission as the best and most important television survey of popular music ever and it remains essential viewing. Performances, in-depth interviews, rare footage and insightful commentary are combined with Palmer's visual flair to create the definitive story of popular music up to 1977.
         The British Film Institute (BFI) located on Belvedere Road, South Bank in London is presenting a unique opportunity to watch the entire series over the weekend of May 3rd/4th.
         Episodes 1 thru 9, preceded by an introduction by Tony Palmer, will be screened starting at 1.00pm on Saturday May 3rd and episodes 10 thru 17 starting at 1.50pm on Sunday May 4th. All purchasers of a full weekend ticket will receive a complimentary DVD of the opening episode of the series.
         Interviewed at his ranch in Los Lunas, NM in 1976, BO DIDDLEY appears in two episodes of the series: Episode 1: Introductory Program, which was first broadcast in the UK in February 1977, and Episode 10: Good Times (Rhythm & Blues), which originally aired in the UK in April 1977.
         Originally broadcast in the UK by London Weekend TV in 1977 and around the world during the following five years, since that time the series has neither been repeated nor commercially released on either video or DVD. Now available for the first time through MVD Visual, "All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music" makes its DVD debut as a lavish boxed set containing all 17 hour-long episodes of the series on 5 discs.
         A free DVD sampler featuring artists from the series including BO DIDDLEY, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Liberace, Paul McCartney & Wings, Edith Piaf, The Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters, is currently available by visiting http://www.allyouneedislovedvd.com/
         Tony Palmer is one of the leading directors of music documentaries and historical drama films in the world. He has won over forty international prizes for his work, including television's most coveted award, the Prix d'Italia.
         BFI "All You Need Is Love" webpage: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/events/all_you_need_is_love
         "All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music" DVD website: http://www.allyouneedislovedvd.com/
         Tony Palmer official website: http://www.tonypalmer.org/


Update: April 16, 2008
         Fans in the UK may be interested to know that Marshall Chess, son and nephew of the founders of Chess Records, is lined-up to appear as a guest on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) flagship music show "Later... with Jools Holland", on Friday April 25th on BBC2 at 11.35pm-12.35am BST, (10.35pm-11.35pm GMT/UTC).
         Also billed to drop in for a chat on the show that week is the former Animals and War frontman Eric Burdon.
         BBC "Later... with Jools Holland" webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/later/


Update: April 6, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY's classic song "I'm A Man" (aka "Mannish Boy") has been voted the "Greatest Blues Song" by visitors to the popular About.com website guide to blues, zydeco and Americana music.
         A cataclysmic celebration of manhood, "I'm A Man", along with the Muddy Waters' cover version "Mannish Boy", is now universally acknowledged as an all-time classic of electric blues. In a tight race, it narrowly beat BB King's "The Thrill Is Gone", Robert Johnson/Magic Sam's "Sweet Home Chicago" and Elmore James/Stevie Ray Vaughan's "The Sky Is Crying" in the on-line poll to find the About.com Blues website's favorite blues song.
         Over the past year, visitors to the website have been encouraged to listen to sound clips of versions of songs from a shortlist of 10 of the most recognized blues songs of all-time and then to vote on-line for their favorite.
         Originally written and recorded by BO DIDDLEY in March 1955 as "I'm A Man" and covered by Muddy Waters a couple of months later as "Mannish Boy", the song has been performed and recorded countless times by artists including the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Yardbirds, whose recording of "I'm A Man" was a US Top 20 pop hit for the group in the winter of 1965.
         The song gained a new audience more recently, when the popular French electroclash quartet Black Strobe's radical reworking of "I'm A Man" became a live favorite last summer and the track released on the band's debut album and 7" and 12" single.
         In this YouTube video clip, BO DIDDLEY performs a testosterone-charged version of "I'm A Man" on-stage at the 1989 Transmusicales music festival in Rennes, France: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM_h7gh74cc
         About.com Blues website: http://www.blues.about.com/
         Black Strobe MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/blackstrobe


Update: April 6, 2008
         The Hard Rock Cafe in London, England has recently revamped its legendary treasure trove of rock memorabilia. The Vault, located in the old Coutts Bank at 150 Old Park Lane, London, which used to protect the Queen of England's coffers, now houses the most valuable pieces of memorabilia in the Hard Rock collection, including one of BO DIDDLEY's trademark guitars.
         The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 6 Music news magazine show "The Music Week" recently visited The Vault and took a look at its most prized possessions. The BBC has recently posted a video clip on-line of their visit to The Vault. The video is now available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         We currently have more than thirty BO DIDDLEY-related video clips available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button. These range from a 1991 BO DIDDLEY soundcheck to slide show tribute presentations, recent live performances by Canadian, Greek and Japanese bands, along with a number of trailers and promos etc.
         Hard Rock Cafe website: http://www.hardrock.com/
         BBC 6 Music's "The Music Week" webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/music_week


Update: April 7, 2008
         Fans may be interested to know that the UK-based publisher and distributor Music Mentor Books will very shortly be publishing the first volume of "The Chuck Berry International Directory", compiled by world-renowned Chuck Berry collector and authority Morten Reff.
         Volume 1 of the projected 4-volume directory, each around 500 pages, is due for publication at the end of this month and contains Chuck Berry discographies from the US, the UK and more than 40 countries around the world complete with dozens of label and sleeve illustrations.
         Volume 2 is due later in the year and focuses on Chuck's songs, his roots, his influence on other artists, movies, TV shows, videos, DVDs, bootlegs, radio albums, tours, awards, tributes, books, fan clubs and websites plus a comprehensive Johnnie Johnson (post-Chuck Berry) discography and a complete discography of the ultimate Chuck Berry copyist, Eddy Clearwater.
         Volume 3 and Volume 4 are to be published in 2009 and will list more than 4,000 Chuck Berry cover versions and 800 soundalike records plus songs from movies and TV etc.
         Chuck Berry and BO DIDDLEY have enjoyed several joint releases around the world over the years, including 1964's "Two Great Guitars" album and "Chuck's Beat"/"Bo's Beat" single; the popular 3-volume "Chuck & Bo" series of UK extended-play (EP) discs; the 1972 UK "Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley - Big Daddies" maxi-single; 1997's "Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley - Guitar Legends" CD and "Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley's Rock 'n' Roll All-Star Jam" concert DVD.
         Comprehensively annotated with dozens of illustrations of rare record labels and sleeves and containing previously unpublished photos etc, this 4-volume publication will contain everything you ever wanted to know about Chuck Berry and is a must for the heavyweight Chuck fan.
         Further details and pre-orders etc are available by visiting the Music Mentor Books website, located at http://musicmentor0.tripod.com/book_cbid_volume1.html
         Music Mentor Books is an independent UK publisher and distributor of quality books for the music researcher, record collector and dedicated fan.
         Music Mentor Books website: http://musicmentor0.tripod.com/
         Chuck Berry official website: http://www.chuckberry.com/


Update: April 2, 2008
         In an interview published today (Wednesday) in "Rolling Stone" magazine, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones describes how watching BO DIDDLEY perform on-stage in 1963 "was university for me".
         In the article, written by Senior Editor David Fricke ahead of the Friday (April 4th) release of the new Rolling Stones' concert movie "Shine A Light", the Rolling Stones and Jack White of the White Stripes shine a light on the roots of their music.
         Describing the Rolling Stones' Fall 1963 tour of the UK with BO DIDDLEY, The Everly Brothers and Little Richard, Keith Richards declares:
         "I learned more in those six weeks than I would have learned from listening to a million records".
         When asked what was the primary lesson he learned on the lengthy UK tour, which ran from late September thru early November 1963, Keith responds:
         "Stagecraft - what works and how to feel comfortable on-stage.
         "The Everly Brothers were superb every night - those beautiful harmonies. We'd open, then climb the rafters and hang there, watching them.
         "Watching BO DIDDLEY was university for me. Every set was twenty minutes long in those days. When he came off, if he had two strings left on the guitar, it was a (expletive deleted) miracle. The Duchess was there (on guitar) and Jerome Green, with the maracas in each hand. It was my job to be Jerome's minder. I used to fetch him from the pub - "You're on, mate"".
         Directed by Martin Scorsese, "Shine A Light" captures the Rolling Stones in their current feral prime in breathtaking close-up. Scorsese shot the band in 2006, during two intimate shows at New York's Beacon Theatre, with guest appearances by Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy and Jack White.
         The David Fricke "Blood Brothers" interview with the Rolling Stones and Jack White is published in "Rolling Stone" magazine, (issue #1050), cover date Thursday April 17th.
         "Rolling Stone" magazine website: http://www.rollingstone.com/
         "Shine A Light" movie website: http://www.shinealightmovie.com/
         RollingStones.com website: http://www.rollingstones.com/


Update: March 27, 2008
         Fans may be interested to know that during the upcoming 25th annual Chicago Blues Festival in June, the Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation and Dixon Landing Music are hosting a 3-day music-filled after party at the former Chess Records studios at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, now home to the Blues Heaven Foundation.
         Tickets for this special 3-day "Hot Blues Nights" event to be staged Thursday June 5th thru Saturday June 7th inc., are on sale from Saturday April 5th. Confirmed artists include The Blues Experience with Cash McCall, Billy Branch, Honeyboy Edwards and the Nellie "Tiger" Travis Band. Please note that this is a limited attendee engagement. Further details are available from the Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation and Dixon Landing Music websites.
         Willie Dixon's grandson Alex Dixon has recently joined forces with the former Chess Records session guitarist/composer Cash McCall and released their debut CD titled "The Blues Experience - The Vintage Room" (Dixon Landing Music). The pair are due to be interviewed next Wednesday (April 2nd) between 6.00pm-8.00pm PDT, (1.00am-3.00am GMT/UTC Thursday April 3rd), on the popular "The Blues Highway" radio program hosted by Pat Graham on KLBC in Long Beach, CA. Listeners around the world can hear the program on-line via MP3 stream by visiting the KLBC website, located at http://www.klbc.org/
         Alex Dixon is currently the only musician in the Dixon family to have written, produced, arranged and recorded a CD since his late grandfather Willie Dixon, who was a producer, arranger and writer for some of the most famous blues songs ever. Some of those songs include "Diddy Wah Diddy", "Pretty Thing" and "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover" for BO DIDDLEY, as well as "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Back Door Man" and "Spoonful" for Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
         In related news, The InterContinental Chicago, the only hotel with a front entrance on the Magnificent Mile, has announced that it is offering several themed packages for travelers vacationing in the Windy City this summer, including a "Blues Chicago" package.
         Once home to BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, Chicago continues to boast a wonderfully vibrant blues scene. The InterContinental Chicago's "Blues Chicago" package allows visitors to explore the city's legendary music scene and includes overnight accommodations for two, VIP passes to the Blue Chicago club plus a tour of the former Chess Records studios at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, where Chicago's greatest blues artists once recorded. Rates start at $221 each night per couple with a minimum two-night stay. For reservations, call 312-944-4100 or visit The InterContinental Chicago website, located at http://www.icchicagohotel.com/ for more information.
         Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation website: http://www.bluesheaven.com/
         Dixon Landing Music website: http://www.dixonlandingmusic.com/
         Blues Experience MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/dixonlandingmusic2
         Cash McCall MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/cashmccallblues
         KLBC.org website: http://www.klbc.org/
         InterContinental Chicago website: http://www.icchicagohotel.com/
         Chicago Blues Festival website: http://www.chicagobluesfestival.us/


Update: March 25, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY has been honored by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as one of a select group of notable CPS alumni.
         He is one of the distinguished honorees in the Recognized Achievement category, the highest category of honor on the new interactive CPS Alumni website, located at http://www.cpsalumni.org/ due to be officially launched later this month.
         The CPS Alumni Recognized Achievement category honors Chicago Public Schools alumni that have reached the pinnacle of their profession and whose accomplishments are unassailable. Examples of Recognized Achievement honorees include Olympic Medal winners, Oscar winners and Pulitzer Prize winners.
         BO DIDDLEY attended Chicago's Frances Willard Elementary School, located at 4915 South Saint Lawrence, during the late 1930s and John Foster Elementary School, at 720 West O'Brien Street, in the early 1940s. It was at the latter that he built his first musical instruments, including a violin, a bass fiddle and his first home-made guitar.
         BO DIDDLEY's CPS Alumni Honor Roll webpage, located at http://www.cpsalumni.org/honor_roll/feb/05/2008/bo-diddley describes how he is considered to be one of the pioneers of rock & roll and how his signature guitar sound and rhythm is one of the most influential and copied of all-time.
         CPSalumni.org has been created to build relationships among alumni of the Chicago Public Schools and their former schools and classmates. At CPSalumni.org, alumni will find a unique webpage for every former and current CPS elementary, middle and high school, as well as opportunities to share memories and learn about CPS history. CPS are the only large urban public school district trying to connect in this way. Every school that existed within CPS has its own unique Home Page and Alumni Forums and each school's Home Page has sections for Shared Stories, Alumni News and an Honor Roll.
         The new website will be launched publicly on Monday March 31st, during a press conference held at one of the CPS schools.
         BO DIDDLEY's CPS Alumni Honor Roll webpage: http://www.cpsalumni.org/honor_roll/feb/05/2008/bo-diddley
         CPSalumni.org website: http://www.cpsalumni.org/
         Chicago Public Schools (CPS) website: http://cps.k12.il.us/


Update: March 19, 2008
         The first national symposium on blues and gospel music, to be held in May, will include in the program a visit to the Blues Heaven Foundation, located in the landmark Chess Records building, 2120 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
         "The Blues and the Spirit" symposium takes place May 22nd thru 24th on the Dominican University campus, 7900 West Division Street in River Forest, IL and will take a scholarly look at the cultural legacy of Chicago's blues and gospel music scene. Tickets for the event are already half sold.
         With the possible exception of New Orleans and Memphis, few locations in history can claim to have singularly defined blues music as Chicago. Following the great migration between 1916 to roughly 1960, many Southern blues men like Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters moved to northern cities such as Chicago. Along with their hope of economic prosperity, these artists also brought along their musical ideas. Providing a stage for influential rhythm & blues artists including BO DIDDLEY and Chuck Berry, Chicago was also the home of Chess Records.
         The upcoming symposium features scholars of black music and culture, locally-acclaimed blues and gospel artists, a gospel workshop and a tour of Chicago's historic South Side Bronzeville community, stopping off at the former Chess Records studio. Participants in the symposium will include:
         Billy Boy Arnold, leading blues harmonica player, singer/songwriter and a former member of BO DIDDLEY's band in the 1950s,
         Billy Branch, the much honored Chicago bluesman and driving force behind the formation of the Sons Of Blues,
         Bob Davis, writer, media consultant and the CEO, co-owner and creator of Soul-Patrol.com, the influential African-American Internet music industry resource,
         Marie Dixon, the widow of Chess Records blues legend Willie Dixon and CEO and President of the Blues Heaven Foundation, whose mission is to assist in the documentation and promotion of the blues, supporting artists and educational initiatives,
         Jim O'Neal, historian, author, producer and research director of the Mississippi Blues Trail historical marker project,
         Dr. Fannie Rushing, Associate Professor of History at Benedictine University, who has created a guided tour itinerary of the Bronzeville neighborhood that explains its historical, political and cultural importance.
         The symposium is sponsored in part by The Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly.
         For more information about "The Blues and the Spirit Symposium", please contact Dr. Janice Monti, Symposium Director, at (708) 524-6050.
         "The Blues and the Spirit Symposium" website: http://www.dom.edu/blues/index.html
         Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation website: http://www.bluesheaven.com/


Update: March 14, 2008
         Premiered in November 2007, Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson's thrilling performance of BO DIDDLEY's song "Who Do You Love" at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which Robbie Robertson told the 28,000 sold-out audience he was dedicating to BO DIDDLEY, is one of the highlights of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) TV program "Great Performances - Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago", which is being rebroadcast on Wednesday (March 19th). Please check local listings for details.
         Hosted by comedian and actor Bill Murray, the program features a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of guitar superstars, including Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, BB King, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Robbie Robertson, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Steve Winwood and more.
         A slide show presentation excerpt of Robbie Robertson and Eric Clapton's performance of "Who Do You Love" at the Festival is also available on the PBS "Great Performances" website, located at: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/crossroads2/video.html
         The July 28th 2007 music festival and benefit concert was held at Chicago's Toyota Park in aid of Eric Clapton's Crossroads, Antigua drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centre.
         The official "Crossroads" double-DVD set of the concert, which also features the Robbie Robertson and Eric Clapton performance of "Who Do You Love", is currently available on Rhino Home Video.
         PBS "Great Performances" website: http://www.pbs.org/gperf
         Rhino Home Video website: http://www.rhino.com/
         2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival website: http://crossroadsguitarfestival2007.com/
         Eric Clapton's Crossroads, Antigua website: http://www.crossroadsantigua.org/


Update: March 14, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY is one of the guitarists to be featured in an upcoming "Record Collector" magazine article celebrating 70 years of the electric guitar.
         Due for publication in the May 2008 issue (#349), to be published on Thursday April 10th, the feature will celebrate the guitar riffs and the guitar records that changed the world.
         Based in London, England, "Record Collector" magazine is the world's leading publication for collectors of rare records and memorabilia.
         "Record Collector" magazine website: http://www.recordcollectormag.com/


Update: March 11, 2008
         Bo Diddley's Website Celebrates 10th Birthday! This Friday (March 14th) marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website, the most detailed and accurate source of information about BO DIDDLEY on the Internet.
         Special thanks are due in particular to the following for their assistance, advice and kind messages over the past 10 years:
         Sam Andrew, Carmine Appice, Charlie Apple, The Association, Robin Bachman, Paul Barrere, Benny & The Jets, Black Oak Arkansas, Eric Burdon, Bishop Solomon Burke, Canned Heat, Freddy Cannon, Keith Caton & The Accelerators, Bob Corritore, Carl Cunningham, Dick Dale, Andy Davis, Bob Davis, Albert J. DeGroft, Jack de Keyzer, Rick Derringer, Bennie Dingo, The Dovells, Carlos R. Duque, The Electric Prunes, Entrain, Paul Evans, Harry Fink, The Five Americans, Gary Fletcher, Foghat, Robert Fontenot, Frankie Ford, Peter Frampton, Scott Free, Faith Fusillo, Gary Gordon, Francis Goulet, Graham Central Station, David Gross, Wolfgang Guhl, Debby Hastings, Ronnie Hawkins, The Hi-Risers, Mike Hugg, Iron Butterfly, Tommy James, Gloria Jolivet, Patricia T. Jones, Patrina Jones, Paul Jones, Carol Kaye, Bob Keane, Dave Kelly, Chris Kinman, Al Kooper, Lady Bo, Alan Lakey, Margo Lewis, Wally Malone, The Marcels, Mike Marti, Roger McGuinn, Tom McGuinness, Andy McKaie, Barry Melton, The Mills Brothers, Anna Moo, John Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Richard Nader, Chuck Negron, Carla Olson, Stan Perkins, The Platters, The Priests, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Elliott Randall, Tommy Roe, Emperor Rosko, Nick Savage, Duke Shanahan, Sha Na Na, Pat Shediack, Sheena & The Rokkets, Sly & The Family Stone, Peter Stitt, Barry Tashian, Kingsize Taylor, Bob Timmers (Rockabilly Hall of Fame®), The Treniers, Moe Tucker, Chris Tuthill, Vini & The Demons, George R. White and Steve Winwood.
         The webite has been recognised and listed by a number of major on-line education resources, including the US Institute of Museum & Library Services' Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII), the BUBL Information Service Catalogue of Internet Resources located at the Centre for Digital Library Research at Strathclyde University in Scotland, the MSN Encarta Encyclopedia and the on-line version of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
         We are also delighted that the website has maintained strong links over the past decade with Allexperts.com, the oldest and largest free Q&A service on the Internet, answering many questions from fans and students relating to BO DIDDLEY, his life and music. Here's to the next 10 years... let it roll!
         Encyclopedia Britannica On-line - one of the world's most trusted sources of information: http://www.britannica.com/
         MSN Encarta On-line Encyclopedia: http://encarta.msn.com/
         US Institute of Museum & Library Services' Librarians' Index to the Internet - Websites You Can Trust: http://www.lii.org/
         BUBL Information Service's Catalogue of Internet Resources - Selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas: http://www.bubl.ac.uk/index.html
         Allexperts.com - the oldest and largest free Q&A service on the Internet: http://www.allexperts.com/ep/2124-23725/Bo-Diddley/David-Blakey.htm


Update: March 11, 2008
         There is another opportunity next week to hear the acclaimed 2007 British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 3-part documentary radio series "Hey! Bo Diddley".
         The series is to be rebroadcast in the BBC 6 Music digital radio station's "6 Music Plays It Again" documentary strand on Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th March at 9.30pm-10.00pm GMT/UTC.
         Listeners around the world can hear the programs live, or for an additional 7 days after each of the programs has been broadcast, by visiting the BBC's "6 Music Plays It Again" webpage located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/pia/ and clicking either the "Listen Live" or the "Listen Again" links.
         "Hey! Bo Diddley", a 3-part radio series celebrating the life and career of BO DIDDLEY, was first aired on the BBC Radio 2 network on January 16th, 23rd and 30th 2007. The series was written and produced by Neil Rosser for Above The Title Productions Ltd and hosted by Roger Daltrey of The Who.
         Episode 1/3 originally broadcast at 9.30pm-10.00pm GMT/UTC on Tuesday January 16th 2007: Synopsis: Discussions on the origins of his songs "Bo Diddley" and "I'm A Man" plus the enduring popularity of the BO DIDDLEY beat.
         Contributors: BO DIDDLEY, Billy Boy Arnold, Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Dave Davies (The Kinks), Wilco Johnson (Dr. Feelgood, Solid Senders etc), Phil May and Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things), Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann, The Blues Band, John Mayall etc), Benny Speer (Benny & The Jets).
         Memorable quote: "Bo really built the building. He put the door on and everyone came in. Without Bo, the house wouldn't have been there to walk in. He really built the house of rock & roll..." (Benny Speer of the Detroit rock & roll band Benny & The Jets).

Tracks played:
"Hey Bo Diddley" by BO DIDDLEY (1957)
"I'm A Man" by BO DIDDLEY (1955)
"Bo Diddley Is Crazy" by BO DIDDLEY (1996)
"Pretty Thing" by BO DIDDLEY (1955)
"Mona" (aka "I Need You Baby") by BO DIDDLEY (1957)
"Bo Diddley" by BO DIDDLEY (1955)
"Signifying Blues" by BO DIDDLEY (1960)
"Call Me" (aka "Bo's Blues") by BO DIDDLEY (1961)
"I'm A Man" by The Who (1965)
"She Moves Me" by Muddy Waters (1952)
"Manish Boy" by Muddy Waters (1977)
"Hambone" by Red Saunders (1952)
"Ross' Juba" by "Black Face" Eddie Ross (1922)
"Say Bo (Where'd You Get That Kplongo)" by The Bonedaddys with BO DIDDLEY (2003)
"Willie & The Hand Jive" by The Johnny Otis Show (1958)
"Faith" by George Michael (1987)
"Rudie Can't Fail" by The Clash (1979)
"I Love You Too Much" by Steve Earle & The Dukes (1987)
"Ain't Got You" by Bruce Springsteen (1987)
"Cuban Slide" by The Pretenders (1980)

Above The Title program notes:
         "An exploration of the life and music of BO DIDDLEY. He was enormously influential and his "BO DIDDLEY Beat" changed rock music. The programme features interviews with artists who acknowledge his mastery and those who have worked with him over the years, as well as a new interview with BO DIDDLEY."
         Chosen as one of the week's program choices in the January 13th-19th 2007 issue of the BBC magazine "Radio Times", contributor Frances Lass wrote:
         "That stuttering, primeval, sensual beat that is the backbone of some of the greatest songs in the rock pantheon is what puts BO DIDDLEY up there with Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. Everybody who is anybody in rock has used that rhythm - from Buddy Holly ("Not Fade Away") to George Michael ("Faith"). Yet Bo believes his part in history has been overlooked and is royally miffed, to say the least.
         This towering three-parter, tolerably well read by Roger Daltrey, goes a long way to redressing that omission. Musicians as diverse as Dave Davies of The Kinks and Don Everly pay tribute while some 60s British blues boomers try to nail down the origin of that echo-rich sound. Is it derived from juba, a minstrel tradition of body slapping, or from the rhythms of west African tribes? If you expect Bo himself to clear things up, forget it. Put on "Mona" instead and knock yourselves out."
         This from the "Radio Times" website's program information webpage: "In the first of three programmes, Roger Daltrey celebrates the life and music of the rock 'n' roll legend BO DIDDLEY. Part of the great triumvirate that includes Little Richard and Chuck Berry, BO DIDDLEY will always be famous for The BO DIDDLEY Beat, used by artists as diverse as the Smiths, Bruce Springsteen and Guns N' Roses. Including interviews with Dave Davies from the Kinks, Tom McGuinness of Manfred Mann, Wilko Johnson from Dr Feelgood, Marshall Chess, Paul Barrere and BO DIDDLEY himself. This is the story of a remarkable life, from Diddley's humble beginnings to rock 'n' roll superstardom."
         Episode 2/3 originally broadcast at 9.30pm-10.00pm GMT/UTC on Tuesday January 23rd 2007. Synopsis: BO DIDDLEY's upbringing, his early days playing on the street corners of Chicago and the origins of his stage name. An assessment his impact on 1960s British rock and pop acts and an exploration of the West African sensibility in some of his music.
         Contributors: BO DIDDLEY, Billy Boy Arnold, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Jody Williams plus Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Marshall Chess, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Don Everly, Phil May and Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things), Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann, The Blues Band, John Mayall etc), Benny Speer (Benny & The Jets).
         Memorable quote: "I'm sure he influenced every guitarist that was playing in 1962/63..." (Tom McGuinness, bass and lead guitarist with British bands Manfred Mann and The Blues Band).

Tracks played:
"Hey Bo Diddley" by BO DIDDLEY (1957)
"She's Fine, She's Mine" (aka "You Don't Love Me") by BO DIDDLEY (1955)
"Road Runner" by BO DIDDLEY (1960)
"The Story of Bo Diddley" (aka "My Story") by BO DIDDLEY (1960)
"Down Home Special" (aka "Down Home Train" and "I'm Going Home") by BO DIDDLEY (1956)
"I'm Bad" by BO DIDDLEY (1956)
"Little Girl" (aka "Can I Go Home With You") by BO DIDDLEY (1955)
"Diddy Wah Diddy" by BO DIDDLEY (1956)
"Bring It To Jerome" by BO DIDDLEY (1955)
"Hush Your Mouth" by BO DIDDLEY (1958)
"Bo's Guitar" by BO DIDDLEY (1958)
"Bo Diddley" by BO DIDDLEY (1955)
"Crackin' Up" by The Rolling Stones (1977)
"Road Runner" by The Animals (1964)
"Cadillac" by The Kinks (1964)
"...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears (1998)
"The Clapping Song (Clap Pat Clap Slap)" by Shirley Ellis (1965)
         Episode 3/3 originally broadcast at 9.30pm-10.00pm GMT/UTC on Tuesday January 30th 2007. Synopsis: BO DIDDLEY's legacy, his relationship with Chess Records and insights into the recording of the "Bo Diddley's Beach Party" live album and the writing of his classic song "Who Do You Love".
         Contributors: BO DIDDLEY, Billy Boy Arnold and Jody Williams plus Keith Altham, Marshall Chess, Don Everly, Ray Fenwick (Spencer Davis Group, Ian Gillan Band, Syndicats etc), Wilco Johnson (Dr. Feelgood, Solid Senders etc), Phil May and Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things), Benny Speer (Benny & The Jets), Spider Webb (The Horrors), Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones).
         Memorable quote: "This is the man who virtually invented rock & roll in 1955..." (Keith Altham, former journalist with the UK music weekly "New Musical Express").

Tracks played:
"Hey Bo Diddley" by BO DIDDLEY (1957)
"Diddley Daddy" by BO DIDDLEY (1955)
"I'm Alright" by BO DIDDLEY (1963)
"Money To Ronnie" by BO DIDDLEY & Ronnie Wood (1987)
"Soul Food" by BO DIDDLEY (1965)
"Who Do You Love" by BO DIDDLEY (1956)
"Sixteen Tons" by BO DIDDLEY (1960)
"Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger" by BO DIDDLEY (1960)
"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley (1957)
"Wake Up Little Susie" by The Everly Brothers (1957)
"Shake, Rattle & Roll" by Bill Haley & His Comets (1954)
"Hello Stranger" by Billy Boy Arnold (1953)
"Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" by Joe Nichols (2005)
"Bye Bye Love" by The Everly Brothers (1957)
"Not Fade Away" by The Rolling Stones (1964)
"Mimi" by The Pretty Things (2007)
"I Can Tell" by Dr. Feelgood (1975)
"This Old Face" by Benny & The Jets (1990)
"Jack The Ripper" by The Horrors (2006)
"Bo Diddley Is Jesus" by The Jesus & Mary Chain (1988)
"Seventeen" by The New York Dolls with BO DIDDLEY (2006)
         BBC 6 Music "6 Music Plays It Again" webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/pia/



Update: March 10, 2008
         Our good friend Mike Marti at WWUH-FM 91.3FM Public Alternative Radio in Hartford, CT has 3 BO DIDDLEY weekly specials lined up for today (Monday) and the next 2 Mondays (March 17th and March 24th), broadcast at 1.00pm-4.00pm EDT (5.00pm-8.00pm GMT/UTC).
         Listeners around the world can also hear these programs via RealAudio Webcast by visiting: http://wwuh.org/real.htm
         WWUH 91.3FM is a public radio station broadcasting alternative programming from the University of Hartford, CT.


Update: March 7, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY is one of the featured artists on the new Hard Rock Memorabilia interactive website, launched yesterday (Wednesday) at MIX08, Microsoft's Web developer and designer conference in Las Vegas, NV.
         Based on Microsoft Silverlight 2, the new Hard Rock Memorabilia interactive Web experience, located at http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/ serves up high-resolution images of Hard Rock's memorabilia and allows fans the ability to zoom in on tiny details. Silverlight 2 makes such detailed views possible by delivering photos through a Web interface that allows visitors to experience them in a very natural way, to pan and zoom across them and get a feel for the items as if they were in the same room.
         Included amongst the Top Ten items in the 70,000 strong Hard Rock Collection, the world's greatest collection of rock memorabilia, are BO DIDDLEY's first musical instrument his circa 1940 violin, an autographed circa 1940 Harmony Cremona II acoustic guitar, his circa 1945 home-made guitar plus several of his later custom-built electric guitars.
         Delegates to the Microsoft MIX08 conference at yesterday's unveiling of the Hard Rock Memorabilia site were shown detailed images of BO DIDDLEY's adaption of a TV tuner as a volume control for his first hand-built guitar plus details of John Lennon's handwriting on the lyrics to "Imagine".
         In other recent on-line news, the European music community MusicMakesFriends.com and the Universal Music Group, the world's largest recording company, yesterday (Wednesday) announced a deal to make the Universal digital catalog available on the MusicMakesFriends platform, which yesterday launched its premium subscription in addition to its free advertising-supported streaming service.
         MusicMakesFriends is the first legal pan-European music-driven community platform of its kind and enables users to legally listen to radio programs created by other members. Now more than 1.5 million tracks will also be available on demand alongside other features for a monthly fee. The Luxembourg-based company says more than 80% of all music marketed in Europe is now available on the site. All members of the on-line community can stream free full-track radio programs as many times as they wish. The new premium service operates in nine countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
         Representing some of the most influential and legendary recording artists of the century, the Universal Music Group has the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, including: BO DIDDLEY, Abba, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Carpenters, Eric Clapton, Patsy Cline, The Commodores, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Tops, Judy Garland, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly, The Jackson Five, Bob Marley, The Police, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, The Supremes, The Temptations and Muddy Waters.
         Hard Rock Memorabilia Web experience: http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/
         Microsoft Silverlight 2 webpage: http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/
         MusicMakesFriends.com - BO DIDDLEY artist webpage: http://www.musicmakesfriends.com/artist/5745
         MusicMakesFriends.com - BO DIDDLEY with Mainsqueeze artist webpage: http://www.musicmakesfriends.com/artist/41522
         Universal Music Group website: http://www.umusic.com/


Update: March 5, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY's original girl guitar player LADY BO is included in "Venus Zine" magazine's "Greatest Female Guitarists of All-Time" listing in its Spring 2008 edition, (issue #35), published today (Tuesday).
         "Venus Zine" is the leading source for coverage of women in music, art, film, fashion and DIY culture. To shine light on the greatest female guitarists of our time, the Chicago-based quarterly selected 46 of the best, based on an array of excellence factors including technical skill, standout performance and style pioneering. To diversify the selection process, the magazine invited guitar experts and music leaders from various genre backgrounds to nominate their favorites.
         The "Greatest Female Guitarists of All-Time" feature is also available on the venuszine.com website. The accompanying LADY BO article, written by Katie Heath and located at http://venuszine.com/articles/music/features/2572/The_Greatest_Female_Guitarists_of_All_Time_HM includes a photo gallery and a link to a brief YouTube video clip taken from the BO DIDDLEY 1987 Swedish TV special "I Don't Sound Like Nobody", in which BO DIDDLEY and LADY BO discuss their first chance meeting outside the Apollo in New York in the late 1950s.
         "Venus Zine" magazine is carried in independent record stores and newsstands as well as such chain retailers as Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Hudson News, Universal News, Chapters.Indigo, Hastings and Waldenbooks.
         venuszine.com's "Greatest Female Guitarists of All-Time" webpage: http://venuszine.com/articles/music/features/2575/The_Greatest_Female_Guitarists_of_All_Time
         LADY BO - A Tribute webpage: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/ladybo.html


Update: March 3, 2008
         Originally broadcast in 1977, BO DIDDLEY's appearances in the critically acclaimed "All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music" TV documentary series will be available on DVD from Tuesday May 13th.
         In the mid-1970s, at the suggestion of John Lennon, the celebrated UK journalist and film director Tony Palmer decided to document the story of popular music and set about interviewing and filming all the major players in the industry at that time.
         Originally broadcast in the UK by London Weekend TV in 1977 and around the world during the following five years, since that time the series has neither been repeated nor commercially released on either video or DVD. Now available for the first time through MVD Visual, "All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music" makes its DVD debut as a lavish boxed set containing all 17 hour-long episodes of the series on 5 discs.
         BO DIDDLEY appears in two episodes of the series: Episode 1: Introductory Program, which was first broadcast in the UK in February 1977, and Episode 10: Good Times (Rhythm & Blues), which originally aired in the UK in April 1977.
         A free DVD sampler featuring artists from the series including BO DIDDLEY, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Liberace, Paul McCartney & Wings, Edith Piaf, The Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters, is currently available by visiting http://www.allyouneedislovedvd.com/
         Tony Palmer is one of the leading directors of music documentaries and historical drama films in the world. He has won over forty international prizes for his work, including television's most coveted award, the Prix d'Italia.
         "All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music" DVD website: http://www.allyouneedislovedvd.com/
         Tony Palmer official website: http://www.tonypalmer.org/


Update: March 2, 2008
         The 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, during which the great Little Walter Jacobs is to be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame, is to be broadcast live on the VH1 Classic digital cable/satellite TV network beginning at 8.30pm ET/7.30pm CT on Monday March 10th and also streamed live around the world on the Best Buy website, located at http://www.bestbuy.com/halloffame (Windows Media Player is required to view this event). The ceremony is to be staged at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel.
         The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, OH will also be simulcasting the ceremony from the Waldorf Astoria on several giant screens located throughout the building. A cash bar, soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets for the simulcast are $5 and are available through Ticketmaster and at the Museum box office.
         The 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees are the Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, John Mellencamp, The Ventures, Little Walter and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
         The GRAMMY award-winning rock/soul/gospel musician Ben Harper will usher Little Walter into the Hall of Fame during the ceremony. He will be inducted in the Sidemen Category for helping establish the modern blues harmonica on recordings with legends including BO DIDDLEY, Memphis Minnie, Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush and Muddy Waters. He joins a select list of musicians inducted into the Hall of Fame's Sidemen Category that includes Chet Atkins, King Curtis and Johnnie Johnson.
         Little Walter recorded numerous sessions for Chess/Checker Records between 1952 and his untimely death in 1968, including "Roller Coaster", "I Got To Go" and "Diddley Daddy" with BO DIDDLEY, plus the celebrated 1967 "Super Blues" album jam session on which Little Walter, Muddy Waters and BO DIDDLEY joined forces on such Chess classics as "Juke", "My Babe", "Sad Hours", "Long Distance Call", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Who Do You Love", "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)" and "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover".
         The Hall of Fame's Sidemen Category honors those musicians who have spent their careers out of the spotlight, performing as back-up musicians for major artists on recording sessions and in concert. Though they often play a key role in the creation of memorable music, the public rarely knows them by name. A separate committee, composed primarily of producers, selects the inductees in this category.
         Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Little Walter inductee webpage: http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/little-walter
         LittleWalter.net - official Little Walter biography website: http://www.littlewalter.net/
         VH1 Classic website: http://www.vh1classic.com/
         BestBuy.com Hall of Fame webpage: http://www.bestbuy.com/halloffame


Update: February 26, 2008
         Kim Farinacci, the talented Americana/roots/blues singer/songwriter, recently paid a visit to BO DIDDLEY at his home in Florida.
         Kim has now posted more than a dozen pics of her January 28th visit onto her MySpace website, located at http://www.myspace.com/kimfarinacci The slide show presentation includes a number of great pics of BO DIDDLEY recording new tracks in his home recording studio and others of his celebrated collection of customised automobiles.
         Based in Cleveland, OH and influenced by a number of artists including BO DIDDLEY and Chuck Berry plus 1960s soul, girl groups, blues and country music, Kim Farinacci has previously recorded three unreleased songs with BO DIDDLEY and producer Scott Free: "Power of Rock & Roll", "He's So Cool" and "Life's Too Short".
         "I can't thank Bo enough for everything he has brought to me, he's like family to me!" Kim says on her website.
         Kim Farinacci MySpace website: http://www.myspace.com/kimfarinacci


Update: February 22, 2008
         Fans may be interested to know that actors Jon Abrahams, Alessandro Nivola and David Oyelowo have been signed up for "Chess", a new feature biopic currently in pre-production.
         Directed by Jerry Zaks, the movie chronicles the life of Leonard Chess (Alessandro Nivola), founder of Chess Records which launched the careers of some of the music industry's biggest names, including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Etta James and Muddy Waters.
         David Oyelowo will play Muddy Waters, while Jon Abrahams will play Phil Chess, Leonard's younger brother.
         The script for "Chess" was penned by Peter Wortmann and Bob Conte and is being produced by Jonathan Mitchell, Les Alexander and Andrea Baynes through Checkmate Productions. Shooting is set to begin Monday April 7th in New Orleans, LA.
         The film will compete against Sony/BMG Film's "Cadillac Records", which also centers on the rise and fall of Chess Records. That film stars Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles and Jeffrey Wright and is set to begin production next month.


Update: February 21, 2008
         The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 program "Rockin' With Suzi Q", which features a blend of the best American music from the rock & roll era of the 1950s and early 1960s, will have a special showcase on Checker Records during the program to be broadcast next Thursday (February 28th) between 10.00pm-11.00pm GMT/UTC. Featuring will be studio recordings by BO DIDDLEY, The Flamingos and Dale Hawkins.
         Listeners around the world can listen on-line to the show streamed as RealMedia either by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Suzi Quatro Home Page located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/quatro and clicking the "Listen" link or, for an additional 7 days after the show has aired, by clicking the "Listen Again To This Show" link.
         BBC Radio 2 Suzi Quatro Home Page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/quatro


Update: February 17, 2008
         Fans may be interested to know that the UK-based publisher and distributor Music Mentor Books will shortly be publishing the first volume of "The Chuck Berry International Directory", compiled by world-renowned Chuck Berry collector and authority Morten Reff.
         Volume 1 of the projected 4-volume directory, each around 500 pages, is due for publication on Tuesday April 15th and contains Chuck Berry discographies from the US, the UK and more than 40 countries around the world complete with dozens of label and sleeve illustrations.
         Volume 2 is due later in the year and focuses on Chuck's songs, his roots, his influence on other artists, movies, TV shows, videos, DVDs, bootlegs, radio albums, tours, awards, tributes, books, fan clubs and websites plus a comprehensive Johnnie Johnson (post-Chuck Berry) discography and a complete discography of the ultimate Chuck Berry copyist, Eddy Clearwater.
         Volume 3 and Volume 4 are to be published in 2009 and will list more than 4,000 Chuck Berry cover versions and 800 soundalike records plus songs from movies and TV etc.
         Chuck Berry and BO DIDDLEY have enjoyed several joint releases around the world over the years, including 1964's "Two Great Guitars" album and "Chuck's Beat"/"Bo's Beat" single; the popular 3-volume "Chuck & Bo" series of UK extended-play (EP) discs; the 1972 UK "Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley - Big Daddies" maxi-single; 1997's "Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley - Guitar Legends" CD and "Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley's Rock 'n' Roll All-Star Jam" concert DVD.
         Comprehensively annotated with dozens of illustrations of rare record labels and sleeves and containing previously unpublished photos etc, this 4-volume publication will contain everything you ever wanted to know about Chuck Berry and is a must for the heavyweight Chuck fan.
         Further details and pre-orders etc are available by visiting the Music Mentor Books website, located at http://musicmentor0.tripod.com/book_cbid_volume1.html
         Music Mentor Books is an independent UK publisher and distributor of quality books for the music researcher, record collector and dedicated fan.
         Music Mentor Books website: http://musicmentor0.tripod.com/
         Chuck Berry official website: http://www.chuckberry.com/


Update: February 15, 2008
         The latest edition of Bill Tuomala's popular "Exiled Radio" podcast, (Show #16), is a BO DIDDLEY special with 16 tracks by artists including BO DIDDLEY, David Bowie, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Guns 'N Roses, New York Dolls, Rolling Stones, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Bruce Springsteen and The Who, demonstrating the far-reaching influence that BO DIDDLEY and his music has had on rock music over the past 5 decades.
         The podcast can be downloaded at the following location: http://www.readexiled.com/radio/2008/02/show-16-bo-diddley-bo-diddley-pretty.html
         In other news, the first national symposium on blues and gospel music is to be held in Chicago in May.
         "The Blues and the Spirit" symposium will take place May 22nd thru 24th on the Dominican University campus, 7900 West Division Street in River Forest, IL and will take a scholarly look at the cultural legacy of Chicago's blues and gospel music scene.
         With the possible exception of New Orleans and Memphis, few locations in history can claim to have singularly defined blues music as Chicago. Following the great migration between 1916 to roughly 1960, many Southern blues men like Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters moved to northern cities such as Chicago. Along with their hope of economic prosperity, these artists also brought along their musical ideas. Providing a stage for influential rhythm & blues artists including BO DIDDLEY and Chuck Berry, Chicago was also the home of Chess Records.
         The upcoming symposium will feature scholars of black music and culture, locally-acclaimed blues and gospel artists, a gospel workshop and a tour of Chicago's historic South Side Bronzeville community.
         The centerpiece of the symposium is "An Evening Elders Council". Among those scheduled for the panel of blues historians, musicians and scholars are Marie Dixon, CEO of the Blues Heaven Foundation and widow of Chess Records blues icon Willie Dixon, George Bailey, English professor at Columbia College and Sterling Plumpp, professor emeritus in English and African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
         The symposium is sponsored in part by The Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly.
         For more information about "The Blues and the Spirit Symposium", please contact Janice Monti at (708) 524-6050.
         Exiled Radio website: http://www.exiledradio.com/
         "The Blues and the Spirit Symposium" website: http://www.dom.edu/blues/index.html
         Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation website: http://www.bluesheaven.com/


Update: February 12, 2008
         The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 program "Rockin' With Suzi Q", which features a blend of the best American music from the rock & roll era of the 1950s and early 1960s, will have a special showcase on Chess Records during the program to be broadcast on Thursday February 21st between 10.00pm-11.00pm GMT/UTC. Featuring will be studio recordings by Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
         Listeners around the world can listen on-line to the show streamed as RealMedia either by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Suzi Quatro Home Page located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/quatro and clicking the "Listen" link or, for an additional 7 days after the show has aired, by clicking the "Listen Again To This Show" link.
         In other Chess news, in an interview published today, actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, who begins work on the Leonard Chess biopic "Cadillac Records" early next month, has the following to say about the widely anticipated Sony/BMG movie:
         "This movie, in a way, is about the start of rock and roll. There are a couple of really great things in the movie. One, you see that the Rolling Stones and all these guys in showbiz were very inspired by the guitar play of the great blues singers. The Rolling Stones admit that they named themselves after one of Muddy Waters' hit records.
         "So you get to see how people are inspired by music. And I think that, along with BO DIDDLEY and Chuck Berry, it's interesting to see when things popped up, when they popped into pop culture. We always want credit, but this is an opportunity to show these things".
         Written and directed by Darnell Martin, the 1950s Chicago period piece follows the rise and fall of Chess Records. Co-founder Leonard Chess scoured the South, checking out the various blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac.
         Cedric the Entertainer will play Willie Dixon, Adrien Brody is cast as Leonard Chess, Beyonc’ Knowles as Etta James, Columbus Short as Little Walter and Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters. Filming is set to begin in March in New Jersey and Mississippi.
         BBC Radio 2 Suzi Quatro Home Page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/quatro
         Cedric the Entertainer Official Website: http://www.ceddybear.com/


Update: February 5, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY is one of the 2008 Nominees at the new on-line Hit Parade Hall of Fame website.
         Each nominee is required to have had at least two Top Ten Pop, Country or R&B hit singles and/or albums. The nominating committee of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame consists of more than two dozen radio and music industry executives.
         Once nominated, a recording artist has a period of three years to reach a sufficient number of votes from visitors to the website. (Requires registration to vote).
         Fans can register their vote and hear his 1959 R&B and Pop hit "Say Man", by visiting: http://www.hitparadehalloffame.org/2008/ArtistPages/BoDiddleybio.html
         Hit Parade Hall of Fame website: http://www.hitparadehalloffame.org/


Update: February 4, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY is one of a select number of legendary artists who have an album due for release later this month in the Universal Music Group's new "Rock 'N' Roll Legends" series available in CD and download formats.
         The album titled "Rock 'N' Roll Legends - Bo Diddley" (Universal CD 5305167) will be available from Monday February 18th. Included among the 19 classic Chess tracks recorded between 1955 and 1972, is his rarely compiled July 1972 recording of his song "Bo Diddley", recorded at the Phonogram Studios in London, England and originally released on his 1973 "The London Bo Diddley Sesssions" Chess album.
         We have posted a 7digital widget in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button, which offers 1-minute track previews of each of the 19 tracks available on this new BO DIDDLEY compilation album. The 7digital.com website offers high quality music and video downloads in multiple formats.
         Other artists featuring in this "Rock 'N' Roll Legends" series of albums from Universal Music, include Chuck Berry, Connie Francis, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, The Platters and The Righteous Brothers.
         The new Buddy Holly collection (Universal CD 5305188) also includes his recording of BO DIDDLEY's classic song "Bo Diddley", a posthumous Top 5 hit for Buddy in the UK in the Summer of 1963.
         In other news, we are delighted to note that BO DIDDLEY's entry on the recently launched Mississippi Wiki website is now the site's Featured Article. Located at http://www.mississippiwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Bo_Diddley we were very pleased to be able to provide the creators of the Mississippi Wiki website with much of the content for their BO DIDDLEY article.
         Mississippi Wiki: The On-line Guide to Mississippi is a new web-based free-content encyclopedia and directory developed by the Jackson, MS-based advertising agency Maris, West & Baker. Mississippi Wiki is a website focusing exclusively on Mississippi people, places and things and is one of only a handful of US State wikis in existence.
         In addition to an overview of his life, career and achievements thus far, the BO DIDDLEY entry on Mississippi Wiki also features a great YouTube embedded video of his typically idiosyncratic performance of "Road Runner" on the Clay Cole TV show from 1962, backed by Duchess on guitar and Edell Robertson on drums.
         7digital.com "Rock 'N' Roll Legends - Bo Diddley" widget: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html
         7digital.com "Rock 'N' Roll Legends - Bo Diddley" webpage: http://www.7digital.com/artists/bo-diddley/bo-diddley-rock-n-roll-legends/
         Mississippi Wiki: http://www.mississippiwiki.com/
         BO DIDDLEY - Mississippi Wiki: http://www.mississippiwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Bo_Diddley


Update: February 3, 2008
         Fans in south-east Florida may be interested to know that in honor of Black History Month, Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is to present a major historical exhibit "Overtown Rhythm & Soul: An Exhibition of 1950s and 1960s Nightclub Billboards from Miami's Little Broadway".
         BO DIDDLEY, Count Basie, The Dells, BB King, Little Eva, Etta James, Ben E King, Patti Labelle and Nina Simone are just a few of the many top stars featured in this dazzling retrospective, the largest-ever exhibit of 1950s and 1960s nightclub billboards from Overtown's vibrant "Little Broadway" era.
         Overtown is located just north-west of downtown Miami. Overtown was a place known for its nightly entertainment, exotic restaurants and active churches. Celebrities such as BO DIDDLEY, Josephine Baker, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Nat "King" Cole, Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Redd Foxx, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, The Ink Spots, Patti LaBelle and Mary Wells performed year-round at the Sir John Hotel, Mary Elizabeth Hotel, the Lyric Theater and other Overtown establishments.
         This free exhibit, the largest ever showing of classic billboards from the Black Archives' Clyde Killens/Sam Rabin collection, relives the vibrant days of Overtown nightlife, when Miami's historic neighborhood was the place to catch America's reigning jazz, blues and R&B entertainers. "Overtown Rhythm & Soul" marks the Arsht Center's first ever temporary art exhibit.
         The exhibit runs for 2 days only next weekend (Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th), between noon and 7.00pm at the Carnival Studio Theater. The public is also invited to learn more about the nightclub billboards in this exhibit and how Overtown came to have one of the most thriving music scenes in the US, during a free lecture by the historian and archivist Dr. Dorothy J Fields, founder of the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida. The lecture takes place next Saturday (February 9th) at 4.00pm in the Carnival Studio Theater.
         The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, FL. Telephone: (786) 468-2221.
         Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County website: http://www.arshtcenter.org/


Update: January 30, 2008
         The talented British blues singer/guitarist Ian Siegal and his band performed a great medley of 5 classic BO DIDDLEY songs: "Ride On Josephine", "Pretty Thing", "Bo Diddley", "Hey Bo Diddley" and "Who Do You Love", during a live concert last night (Tuesday), that was webcast to viewers around the world via Fabchannel.com from the Paradiso music venue in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
         A YouTube video clip of the above song medley is now available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button. (Video clip contains some strong language).
         We currently have more than twenty-five other BO DIDDLEY-related video clips for your enjoyment now available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         Various videos etc: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html
         Ian Siegal's website: http://www.iansiegal.com/
         Fabchannel.com's Ian Siegal concert webcast page: http://www.fabchannel.com/ian_siegal_concert
Update: January 25, 2008
         The popular Rock-it Radio website has today (Friday) chosen Jo-Ann Campbell's performance of the BO DIDDLEY song "Mama (Can I Go Out Tonight)", taken from the 1959 Hal Roach Studios movie "Go, Johnny, Go!", as its Vintage Video Pick of The Week.
         The YouTube video clip is currently available for the next 7 days by visiting the Rock-it Radio webpage, located at http://www.palmsradio.com/rockittext.htm
         In other video news, we now have a number of outstanding video slide show presentations created by fan Fred von Sholly available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         Fred's highly enjoyable BO DIDDLEY YouTube and MySpaceTV videos currently include the tracks "Nursery Rhyme", "Aztec", "When The Saints Go Marching In", "Rock & Roll" and "Mumblin' Guitar".


Update: January 21, 2008
         Fans may be interested to know that Adrien Brody will play Chess Records founder Leonard Chess in "Cadillac Records", a Sony/BMG Films musical biopic that follows the turbulent lives of Chess bluesmen including Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Actor Jeffrey Wright will play Muddy Waters in the tale of sex, violence, race and rock & roll in 1950's Chicago.
         The period piece follows the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of blues and rock & roll greats including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Etta James and Sonny Boy Williamson.
         The script and direction of the movie is by Darnell Martin, (2005's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"), with Sony/BMG's Sofia Sondervan and Andrew Lack producing. Filming is set to begin in early March in New Jersey and Mississippi. Actor Matt Dillon had been attached to play Leonard Chess, but had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict.
         Also newly cast in the film are Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Tammy Blanchard.
         Adrien Brody recently wrapped the indie film "The Brothers Bloom", while Jeffrey Wright is currently filming the new James Bond movie in London, England.


Update: January 17, 2008
         The new documentary movie "Electrified: The Story of The Maxwell Street Urban Blues", which includes an interview with BO DIDDLEY, receives its world premiere at a special screening during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on Friday January 25th at Harry O's Nightclub, 427 Main Street, Park City, UT. Tel. 435-655-7579.
         The evening begins at 10.00pm and features a screening of the film and a live performance by acclaimed blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues legend Hubert Sumlin. Comedian and actor Chevy Chase will be master of ceremonies.
         During the intermission between the screening and the live performance, the film's executive producer Les Walgreen will present a limited-edition "Electrified" guitar donated by Fender to on-line auction house Charity Buzz for an auction to benefit The Center for Environmental Education On-line.
         "Electrified: The Story of The Maxwell Street Urban Blues" examines the history of electrified urban Chicago blues and how it gave birth to rock & roll.
         The 2007 companion film "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street", which also features an interview with BO DIDDLEY, is scheduled to be shown at the Amnesty International venue at Sundance this weekend, Friday January 18th thru Sunday 20th, and at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State Street in Chicago, IL on Saturday February 2nd. "Cheat You Fair" is also to be shown to schools in the Chicago metropolitan area during February as part of Black History Month.
         For more than a century, Maxwell Street was a port of entry into Chicago for immigrants arriving from Europe, Latin America and the Southern States. Operating in the style of the European street markets, in the 1930s and 1940s the area became famous for its blues music and street musicians and the electrified urban Chicago blues popularized by artists including BO DIDDLEY, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Muddy Waters that gradually evolved into rock & roll.
         Both "Electrified" and "Cheat You Fair" were written, directed and produced by long-time Chicago resident Phil Ranstrom who began the projects in 1994 shortly before the Maxwell Street market was demolished.
         A couple of short video excerpts from "Electrified: The Story of The Maxwell Street Urban Blues", in which BO DIDDLEY briefly discusses Elvis Presley and the birth of rock & roll plus his pioneering use of a tremolo arm on his electric guitars, are available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button. Also available is a video of the trailer for "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street".
         "Electrified: The Story of The Maxwell Street Urban Blues" website: http://www.electrifiedthemovie.com/
         "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street" website: http://www.cheatyoufairthemovie.com/
         Maxwell Street open-air market website: http://old.openair.org/maxwell/pbo.html
         Sundance Film Festival website: http://www.sundance.org/festival/ Gene Siskel Film Center website: http://www.artic.edu/webspaces/siskelfilmcenter/index.html
         Charity Buzz webpage: http://www.charitybuzz.com/area.do?id=165
         The Center for Environmental Education On-line website: http://www.ceeonline.org/


Update: January 15, 2008
         Gretsch, the iconic musical instrument company that has been at the forefront of popular music since 1883, yesterday (Monday) officially announced the 125th anniversary of "That Great Gretsch Sound!"
         Gretsch was founded by Friedrich Gretsch in 1883 in Brooklyn, NY and is currently being helmed by Fred W. Gretsch. Over the past 125 years, Gretsch has created legendary and unmistakeable guitars for some of the world's most well-known and groundbreaking artists, including BO DIDDLEY, Chet Atkins, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, U2 and ZZ Top.
         Over the past decade, Gretsch Guitars have produced a number of iconic BO DIDDLEY Artist Signature Models: the Gretsch G5810 Bo Diddley, the G5850 Mini Diddley, the G6138 Bo Diddley, the G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird and the G6199B "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird Bass.
         In celebration of this 125th anniversary milestone, Gretsch Guitars have created a great new "Show Us Your Gretsch!" on-line photo gallery, located at http://www.gretschguitars.com/fangallery/main.php
         If you have a photo of yourself or a family member with a Gretsch guitar and in particular one of the above BO DIDDLEY Artist Signature Model guitars, simply e-mail it to fangallery@gretschguitars.com along with your name, location and a blurb with anything you'd like to say about yourself and your beloved Gretsch guitar(s).
         http://www.gretschguitars.com/125th/
         http://www.gretschguitars.com/fangallery/main.php



Update: January 2, 2008
         BO DIDDLEY's 1955 recording of his song "Bo Diddley" is one of the tracks making "The Critics Top 50" tracks from the 1950s, compiled for a new British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) music TV series "Pop On Trial".
         The 50 tracks making the list were picked by BBC music presenters Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe plus contributors to the program and include some of the all-time great singles from the 1950s.
         "Bo Diddley" is frequently cited as being one of the most important and influential debut singles of all-time and as one of the cornerstones of rock music.
         Broadcast on the BBC Four digital TV channel, the "Pop On Trial" series delivers the verdict on which is pop music's most important, influential and entertaining decade: the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s or 1990s.
         From next Thursday (January 10th), visitors to the BBC's "Pop On Trial" webpage, located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/popontrial/ can begin voting on the best tracks of the 1950s and compile the ultimate 1950s Top Ten.
         From Thursday January 17th, visitors to the webpage can begin voting on the best tracks of the 1960s.
         BBC "Pop On Trial" webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/popontrial/


Update: December 30, 2007
         BO DIDDLEY's February 16th receipt of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts in Jackson, MS, the November 2nd declaration of "BO DIDDLEY Day" and unveiling of his Blues Marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in his home town of McComb plus his survival from a stroke and heart attack are the major story related to entertainers from Mississippi in 2007, according to a report filed yesterday (Saturday) by The Associated Press (AP).
         BO DIDDLEY was born near the town of McComb in the south-west tip of Mississippi, 79 years ago today (Sunday).
         In related news, BO DIDDLEY's entry on the recently-launched Mississippi Wiki website is now on-line and located at http://www.mississippiwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Bo_Diddley We were delighted to be able to provide the creators of the Mississippi Wiki website with much of the content for their BO DIDDLEY article.
         Mississippi Wiki: The On-line Guide to Mississippi is a new web-based free-content encyclopedia and directory developed by the Jackson, MS-based advertising agency Maris, West & Baker. Mississippi Wiki is a website focusing exclusively on Mississippi people, places and things and is one of only a handful of US State wikis in existence.
         In addition to an overview of his life, career and achievements thus far, the BO DIDDLEY entry on Mississippi Wiki also features a great YouTube embedded video of his typically idiosyncratic performance of "Road Runner" on the Clay Cole TV show from 1962, backed by Duchess on guitar and Edell Robertson on drums.
         Mississippi Wiki: http://www.mississippiwiki.com/
         BO DIDDLEY - Mississippi Wiki: http://www.mississippiwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Bo_Diddley


Update: December 29, 2007
         A new documentary movie "Electrified: The Story of The Maxwell Street Urban Blues", which includes an interview with BO DIDDLEY, has been selected for a special screening at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival next month.
         Written and directed by independent TV writer/producer Phil Ranstrom, the movie is an offshoot project from his 2006 documentary film "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street", which paid tribute to Chicago's world-famous Maxwell Street open-air market, from its beginnings in the late 19th century to its turbulent end in the mid-1990s when the property was sold to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to expand their South Campus.
         For more than a century, Maxwell Street was a port of entry into Chicago for immigrants arriving from Europe, Latin America and the Southern States. Operating in the style of the European street markets, in the 1930s and 1940s the area became famous for its blues music and street musicians and the electrified urban Chicago blues popularized by artists including BO DIDDLEY, Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf that gradually evolved into rock & roll.
         "Electrified: The Story of The Maxwell Street Urban Blues" examines the history of electrified urban Chicago blues and how it gave birth to rock & roll.
         A couple of short video excerpts from "Electrified: The Story of The Maxwell Street Urban Blues", in which BO DIDDLEY briefly discusses Elvis Presley and the birth of rock & roll plus his pioneering use of a tremolo arm on his electric guitars, are now available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to post a message to BO DIDDLEY in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Guestbook ahead of his 79th birthday tomorrow (Sunday). The Guestbook is located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html
         The many special messages of love and support from around the world that he has received this year have been a source of great strength and encouragement to BO DIDDLEY and to his family and friends over these past few difficult months. Thank you all very much.
         "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street" website: http://www.cheatyoufairthemovie.com/
         Maxwell Street open-air market website: http://old.openair.org/maxwell/pbo.html
         Sundance Film Festival website: http://www.sundance.org/festival/


Update: December 17, 2007
         The UK BO DIDDLEY tribute band Lord Rochester's Diddley-itis recently leapt into the limelight at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
         Led by Lord Rochester (aka Russell Wilkins of Pop Rivits/Milkshakes/Gruff Men/Len Bright Combo/Wildebeests fame) on Gretsch guitar, vocals and harmonica, accompanied by Lady Muck on bass and vocals and Siberian Tim on drums, maracas, violin and vocals, the band played a special BO DIDDLEY tribute show last Saturday night (December 8th) at Henry's Cellar Bar in Edinburgh.
         The band has posted a video clip on-line of their performance of the BO DIDDLEY classic "Walkin' & Talkin'" at last weekend's show. The video is now available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
         The band has also recently uploaded 4 audio tracks to their MySpace.com website, located at http://www.myspace.com/lairdrochester comprising their versions of 3 BO DIDDLEY songs: "Down Home Special", "Oh Yeah!" and "You Don't Love Me", along with a BO DIDDLEY beat composition of the band's titled "Hey Little Jermyn".
         We currently have more than a dozen BO DIDDLEY-related video clips available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button. These range from a 1991 BO DIDDLEY soundcheck to slide show tribute presentations, recent live performances by Canadian, Greek and Japanese bands, various trailers and promos, along with a great clip of Canadian dancer Mike Long body-popping in the street last month to the track "Bo Diddley".
         Please note that, although there are some fantastic videos available on-line of BO DIDDLEY performances and interviews taken from various movies and TV shows over the past 52 years, many of them infringe copyright and therefore we cannot post them to the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website.
         In other news, the new "I'm A Man/The Chess Masters 1955-1958" BO DIDDLEY compilation album (Hip-O Select CD 923102) continues to garner rave reviews, a selection of which are available within the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum, located at: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button. The 49 tracks on the album comprise every master recorded for Checker Records by BO DIDDLEY during the years 1955 to 1958, plus 12 alternate takes. There are 8 previously unreleased tracks, highlighted by a pair of alternate takes of "Bo Diddley", a ballad titled "Our Love Will Never Go" and a take on the Mickey & Sylvia hit "Love Is Strange".
         We were delighted to see that musician, actor and radio disc jockey Steven Van Zandt (aka Little Steven) has included "I'm A Man/The Chess Masters 1955-1958" on his "Underground Garage Christmas List" of the coolest rock & roll gifts this holiday season! In 2002, launching "Little Steven's Underground Garage", his popular weekly syndicated radio show celebrating garage rock music, Little Steven described BO DIDDLEY as "the spiritual godfather of garage".
         Lord Rochester's Diddley-itis MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/lairdrochester
         Videos & reviews: BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html
         "Underground Garage Christmas List": http://www.littlestevensundergroundgarage.com/xmaslist.html


Update: December 13, 2007
         We were delighted to hear yesterday's (Thursday) announcement that the great Little Walter Jacobs is to be posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the annual ceremony to be held Monday March 10th at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel.
         Little Walter will be inducted in the Sidemen Category for helping establish the modern blues harmonica on recordings with legends including BO DIDDLEY, Memphis Minnie, Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush and Muddy Waters. He joins a select list of musicians inducted into the Hall of Fame's Sidemen Category that includes Chet Atkins, King Curtis and Johnnie Johnson.
         Little Walter recorded numerous sessions for Chess/Checker Records between 1952 and his untimely death in 1968, including "Roller Coaster", "I Got To Go" and "Diddley Daddy" with BO DIDDLEY, plus the celebrated 1967 "Super Blues" album jam session on which Little Walter, Muddy Waters and BO DIDDLEY joined forces on such Chess classics as "Juke", "My Babe", "Sad Hours", "Long Distance Call", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Who Do You Love", "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)" and "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover".
         The Hall of Fame's Sidemen Category honors those musicians who have spent their careers out of the spotlight, performing as back-up musicians for major artists on recording sessions and in concert. Though they often play a key role in the creation of memorable music, the public rarely knows them by name. A separate committee, composed primarily of producers, selects the inductees in this category.
         In other upcoming news, during Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' 30th Anniversary Tour in 2006, the band saluted their 1960s roots during shows by performing BO DIDDLEY's song "I'm A Man" in the style made popular by the Yardbirds' 1965 hit recording.
         A video recording of the band's September 2006 homecoming concert at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, FL, including their performance of "I'm A Man", is included in the new 4-disc (3 DVDs/1CD) set "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down A Dream". The movie, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, tracks the band from their Gainesville beginnings to their 30th anniversary celebrations.
         The Gainesville concert, including the performance of "I'm A Man" and featuring surprise guest Stevie Nicks, is scheduled to air on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series "Soundstage" next month. Part 1 of "Soundstage: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From Gatorville" airs on PBS on Thursday January 10th between 10.00pm-11.00pm, with Part 2 a week later, on Thursday January 17th between 10.00pm-11.00pm.
         Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Little Walter inductee webpage: http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/little-walter
         LittleWalter.net - official Little Walter biography website: http://www.littlewalter.net/
         PBS Soundstage webpage: http://www.pbs.org/wttw/soundstage/index.htm
         Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers official website: http://www.tompetty.com/


Update: December 13, 2007
         We were saddened to hear the news yesterday (Wednesday) of the sudden passing of Ike Turner, aged 76. Ike and BO DIDDLEY both memorably made their big screen debuts in the 1966 AIP concert movie "The Big TNT Show".
         Affectionately known as "The Father of Rock & Roll", Ike developed the careers of artists including Bobby Bland, BB King and Howlin' Wolf. His influence on blues, soul, rock and funk is immeasurable and we send our condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.
         Ike Turner Memorial website: http://ike-turner-love.last-memories.com/
         Ike Turner official website: http://www.iketurner.com/
         YouTube video clip "The Big TNT Show" movie trailer, featuring Ike & Tina Turner, BO DIDDLEY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7fFXma3-Ww

Update: November 30, 2007
         One of the founding fathers of rock & roll, BO DIDDLEY celebrates his 79th birthday on Sunday December 30th 2007 and we encourage all his many fans around the world to sign the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Guestbook with their birthday greetings and messages.
        As we always do at this time of year, we are making special arrangements for BO DIDDLEY to view each and every one of your greetings. This is an opportunity for you to convey your appreciation and best wishes to one of the undisputed legends of rock & roll and a true original on the occasion of his 79th birthday.
        Please sign the Guestbook, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and show your support for The Originator - BO DIDDLEY.
David Blakey - surfsinkorswim@GOBODIDDLEYyahoo.com

Update: November 30, 2007
         Fans in the Mid-Hudson Region of New York may be interested to know that a November 1987 concert photograph of BO DIDDLEY and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood on-stage at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY during the pair's celebrated "Gunslingers Tour", is one of the images gracing a new photo exhibition opening in Beacon, NY tomorrow (Saturday).
         Fotofino: 30 Years of Musical Moments (1977-2007), an exhibition of rock concert photographs by Susan Wallach Fino, runs through Sunday December 23rd at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon. An official opening reception will be held at the venue tomorrow (Saturday), from 3.00pm-5.00pm.
         The Howland Cultural Center is at 477 Main St., Beacon. For information, call 845-831-4988.
         Other photographs at the exhibit include Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen performing "Because The Night" together in New York City in 1977 and Carly Simon and James Taylor performing "Mockingbird" in Westchester in the late 1970s, plus shots of a range of artists including Bob Dylan, Natalie Merchant, Pete Seeger and Wilco.
         Susan Wallach Fino website: http://www.fotofino.com/
         Howland Cultural Center website: http://www.howlandculturalcenter.org/
         Ronnie Wood Official Website: http://www.ronniewood.com/


Update: November 30, 2007
         The Blender.com music website has included BO DIDDLEY's famous square Gretsch "Big B" guitar in its listing of "The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars".
         In the article, writers Jon D'Auria and Mike Errico salute rock & roll's most iconic tool of the trade; the multinecked, fur-lined, flame-throwing masterpieces that remain as influential as the shredders who strapped them on.
         BO DIDDLEY built the world's first square guitar. He took the neck and the electrics off a Gretsch guitar and put them onto a square body that he made himself. Then in 1958, he asked the Gretsch factory in Brooklyn to build him a complete square guitar, which he nicknamed "Big B". The guitar first graced the cover of his 1960 album "Have Guitar-Will Travel". To celebrate BO DIDDLEY's 70th birthday in December 1998, Gretsch brought out a limited edition reissue of "Big B".
         It should be noted that the guitar which BO DIDDLEY played on his groundbreaking November 1955 appearance on the Ed Sullican CBS-TV show "Toast of The Town" was a Gretsch Firebird and not the "Big B", as erroneously stated in the Blender.com website article.
         A YouTube video illustrating each of the 28 guitars that make up the Blender.com listing is also available by visiting the Blender.com website. Posted at #8 in the listing, located at http://www.blender.com/articles/default.aspx?key=10046&pg=5 the BO DIDDLEY video clip is taken from the 1973 Columbia movie "Let The Good Times Roll" and features his breathtaking performance of his song "Bo Diddley-itis" at the 1972 Rock & Roll Spectacular at New York's Madison Square Garden.
         Blender.com "The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars": http://www.blender.com/The28MostRecognizableGuitars/articles/10046.aspx


Update: November 27, 2007
         Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson's thrilling performance of BO DIDDLEY's song "Who Do You Love" at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in July, which Robbie Robertson told the 28,000 sold-out audience he was dedicating to BO DIDDLEY, is one of the highlights of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) TV program "Great Performances - Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago", which airs Wednesday (November 28th). Please check local listings for details.
         Hosted by comedian and actor Bill Murray, the program features a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of guitar superstars, including Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, BB King, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Robbie Robertson, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Steve Winwood and more.
         A slide show presentation excerpt of Robbie Robertson and Eric Clapton's performance of "Who Do You Love" is also available on the PBS "Great Performances" website, located at: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/crossroads2/video.html
         The July 28th music festival and benefit concert was held at Chicago's Toyota Park in aid of Eric Clapton's Crossroads, Antigua drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centre.
         The official "Crossroads" double-DVD set of the concert, which also features the Robbie Robertson and Eric Clapton performance of "Who Do You Love", was released last week on Rhino Home Video.
         PBS "Great Performances" website: http://www.pbs.org/gperf
         Rhino Home Video website: http://www.rhino.com/
         2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival website: http://crossroadsguitarfestival2007.com/
         Eric Clapton's Crossroads, Antigua website: http://www.crossroadsantigua.org/


Update: November 26, 2007
         Fans may be interested to know that Willie Dixon's grandson Alex Dixon has recently joined forces with the former Chess Records session guitarist/composer Cash McCall and released their debut CD titled "The Blues Experience - The Vintage Room" (Dixon Landing Music).
         Reminiscent of Chicago blues in its heyday, the opening track of the CD, a track titled "Helluva Time", gives a name check and pays tribute to all the Chess Records and blues greats that have influenced and inspired Alex Dixon, including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Big Bill Broonzy, his late grandfather Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Elmore James, Etta James, Robert Johnson, BB King, Charley Patton, Koko Taylor, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.
         Alex Dixon, at the age of 32, is currently the only musician in the Dixon family to have written, produced, arranged and recorded a CD since his grandfather, Willie Dixon, who was a producer, arranger and writer for some of the most famous blues songs ever. Some of those songs include "Diddy Wah Diddy", "Pretty Thing" and "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover" for BO DIDDLEY, as well as "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Back Door Man" and "Spoonful", for Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
         Alex is doing his part to continue the legacy of the Dixon family and to ensure that the world will know about the history of the blues.
         Further info about the new Blues Experience with Cash McCall CD, plus audio samples and videos etc are currently available by visiting the Dixon Landing Music/Cash McCall official and MySpace websites listed below.
         Dixon Landing Music website: http://www.dixonlandingmusic.com/
         Blues Experience MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/dixonlandingmusic2
         Cash McCall MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/cashmccallblues
         Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation website: http://www.bluesheaven.com/


Update: November 15, 2007 Reviews: Bo Diddley's 2-CD Compilation Set


Update: November 10, 2007
         "If you don't know BB, Muddy, Howlin' or John Lee, you don't know Diddley".
         That is one of the slogans currently being used in a new Australian TV commercial to promote the upcoming inaugural Adelaide International Guitar Festival in South Australia. This major 10-day showcase celebration of the guitar starts on Friday November 23rd at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
         "By The Neck", an exhibition of photographs by Danny Clinch, includes images of some of America's music industry greats, including BO DIDDLEY, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Dave Grohl, BB King, Tom Petty and Neil Young. The photographs have been exhibited or have appeared in publications throughout the world, including "Vanity Fair", "New York Times Magazine" and "Rolling Stone" amongst many others.
         Also of interest, "A Walk On The Wild Side", an historic journey through the evolution of guitars over the past century from the 1920s Hawaiian steel guitars and 1930s resonator instruments, to folk and early rock & roll classics of the 1950s and on to the "Hendrix-era" Stratocasters and other iconic guitars of the 1960s and beyond.
         Both of the above exhibits are to be staged in the Festival Theatre Foyer throught the 10 days of the Festival and admission to the exhibits is free.
         Adelaide International Guitar Festival website: http://www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au/
         Danny Clinch website: http://www.dannyclinch.com/


Update: November 7, 2007
         The Mississippi Blues Commission has today (Wednesday) updated its Mississippi Blues Trail webpages with a printable area map, photographs, album sleeves, song lyrics and the complete text of the BO DIDDLEY Blues Marker, unveiled last Friday at a special ceremony attended by BO DIDDLEY and family members in his home town of McComb.
         At the unveiling of the tall, blue-and-white two-sided cast marker at McComb's Railroad Depot pavilion last week, BO DIDDLEY proudly looked up at the marker and said it was beautiful. "Love it, love it", he said. "Thank you, thank you".
         Asked by reporters what it felt like to be honored in his home town, he said it meant "everything" to him.
         To view the full BO DIDDLEY Blues Marker details, simply click on the town of McComb on the map at the following location: http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail/river/
         Creating the Mississippi Blues Trail is one of the Mississippi Blues Commission's primary projects. The Mississippi Blues Trail will be composed of more than 100 historical markers and interpretive sites located throughout the State.
         A distinguished panel of historians and blues scholars has developed an inventory of the most notable sites. Each will be indentified with a distinctive cast marker, featuring high resolution maps, photographs and text on the obverse side. Some of these sites will eventually employ the latest technology to allow visitors to hear the sounds associated with the location. A detailed Blues Trail map will also be available that will provide driving directions, GPS coordinates and basic information for each site..
         Mississippi Blues Trail website: http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail/
         McComb, MS official website: http://www.mccomb-ms.com/


Update: November 6, 2007
         The "McComb Enterprise-Journal" newspaper has today (Tuesday) published a photo gallery of last weekend's Camellia City Festival day in honor of BO DIDDLEY. The gallery is located at http://www.enterprise-journal.com/shared-content/gallery/?galleryid=1&gallery_page=0&album_page=0&albumid=22&mediaid=168
         Photos in the gallery include BO DIDDLEY's boyhood home in Baertown, South McComb, BO DIDDLEY's impromptu performance on-stage in McComb last Friday, the unveiling of his blues marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail and his appearance as Grand Marshal of the McComb High School homecoming parade.
         In other news, we send our congrats and best wishes to our good friend Bob Davis, on the official launch this week of his new "Classic R&B" on-line radio channel on RadioIO.com.
         Located at http://www.radioio.com/channels/classic-rnb this new "Classic R&B" on-line stream plays only the very best in rhythm & blues and soul music from the 1950s thru the early 1980s, with classic tracks by legendary artists including BO DIDDLEY, LaVern Baker, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, The Coasters, Don Covay, The Clovers, The Dells, Fats Domino, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Ben E King, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Little Richard, The Moonglows, Wilson Pickett, The Platters, Lloyd Price, Otis Redding, Minnie Riperton, The Shirelles, The Spaniels, Big Joe Turner, Jackie Wilson and many, many more.
         RadioIO.com is one of the world's largest Internet radio services, with more than 20 different music streams currently available, with a choice of both ad-supported free streams and ad-free subscription streams available to its listeners.
         RadioIO.com "Classic R&B" stream host Bob Davis is the founder of the innovative and award-winning Soul-Patrol.com website. Soul-Patrol.com celebrates great black music, including soul, funk, jazz, doo wop, blues, nu soul and rock & roll and is the only 100% African-American (content and technology infrastructure) owned/operated Internet resource of its kind.
         "McComb Enterprise-Journal" Photo Galleries: http://www.enterprise-journal.com/gallery/
         RadioIO.com "Classic R&B" stream: http://www.radioio.com/channels/classic-rnb
         Soul-Patrol.com BO DIDDLEY webpage: http://www.soul-patrol.com/soul/bodiddley.htm


Update: November 3, 2007
         BO DIDDLEY wept tears of joy yesterday (Friday) as the Mississippi Blues Commission unveiled a blues marker in his honor in his home town of McComb, MS and Governor Haley Barbour declared the day "BO DIDDLEY Day" across the State of Mississippi.
         BO DIDDLEY also gave a spontaneous performance during yesterday's ceremony as he was joined on-stage by members of his beloved family.
         The blues marker is part of the Mississippi Blues Trail honoring blues legends from Mississippi. The plaque notes that he is "acclaimed as a founder of rock & roll".
         The Mississippi Blues Trail, created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, is a project to place blues interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the growth of the blues throughout the State of Mississippi.
         Video report: "BO DIDDLEY Honored in Home Town" (WLBT-TV Channel 3, Jackson, MS): http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=7305146&nav=menu119_3
         Video report: "Mississippi Music Legend Honored" (WJTV New Channel 12, Jackson, MS): http://www.wjtv.com/gulfcoastwest/jtv/news.apx.-content-articles-JTV-2007-11-02-0017.html
         Mississippi Blues Trail website: http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail/
         McComb, MS official website: http://www.mccomb-ms.com/


Update: November 2, 2007
         Audio from an electrifying July 1970 concert by BO DIDDLEY is one of the recently added concerts now available on the "Wolfgang's Vault" website for free on-line streaming or to purchase for download.
         Located at http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/ "Concert Vault" is the on-line repository for legendary concert promoter Bill Graham's collection of concert recordings and is the world's greatest collection of vintage concert recordings. The concerts are available to listen for free or to purchase for download. Registration is free.
         Recorded on the evening of Tuesday July 28th 1970 at Jamaica Pond Park in Boston, MA, the 6 tracks which make up the live BO DIDDLEY concert lasting a total of 24:46, are as follows: "Bo Diddley", "Stage Announcement", "Bo Diddley Chant" (an early incarnation of "Bo Diddley-itis"), "Don't Want No Lyin' Woman", "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover" (incomplete) and "Hey Bo Diddley" (incomplete). The personnel for the concert is as follows: BO DIDDLEY (electric guitar, vocals), LADY BO (electric guitar, vocals), Wally Malone (electric bass, vocals) and Fred Below (drums) and is a typical late 1960s/early 1970s BO DIDDLEY mix of freewheeling rock, blues, psychedelia and funk.
         Other classic live concert recordings of BO DIDDLEY songs performed by other artists currently available on the "Concert Vault" website include:
         Quicksilver Messenger Service (various 1966, 1967, 1968 concerts): "Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut", "Mona", "Who Do You Love" and "You Don't Love Me".
         Allman Brothers Band (various 1971, 1973 concerts): a 28:29 long version of "Bo Diddley" with guests Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann and Boz Scaggs and "You Don't Love Me".
John Hammond (1973): "Who Do You Love".
Stoneground (1974): "Bo Diddley".
Bruce Springsteen (1978): "Mona".
George Thorogood & The Destroyers (1985): "Ride On Josephine" and "Who Do You Love".
BO DIDDLEY July 1970 concert webpage (Requires registration): http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/ConcertDetail.aspx?id=20052746|806


Update: October 30, 2007
         Ahead of Friday's (November 2nd) special "Honoring our Legend, Bo Diddley!" day of tributes being paid to BO DIDDLEY in his home town of McComb, MS, Zachary Patterson, Mayor of McComb, has posted a special "Tribute to Bo Diddley" video on his official home page, located at http://www.zachpatterson.com/
         The 3:45 long video slide show, originally produced for the awarding to BO DIDDLEY in February this year of the Mississippi Governor's Award of Excellence In The Arts for Lifetime Achievement, highlights his childhood in McComb, his move to Chicago and the influence his music has had over the past 52 years on generations of artists including Guns n' Roses, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and The Who.
         Mayor Patterson has declared Friday's event a grand opportunity to showcase McComb and southwest Mississippi as well as celebrate the life and time of BO DIDDLEY.
         The City of McComb is hosting the first Camellia City Festival, Friday and Saturday November 2nd and 3rd, and the event has been specially timed to coincide with the unveiling in McComb of the BO DIDDLEY Blues Marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.
         The Festival will begin at 9.00am on Friday, with a bus tour beginning at the McComb Railroad Museum on Railroad Boulevard, then heading to the renovated State Theater, the new Hampton Inn, the McComb Tiger Activity Complex, McComb's new Sports Park and then on to view BO DIDDLEY's childhood home.
         All are then invited to the unveiling ceremony for the BO DIDDLEY Blues Marker, taking place from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, with the popular local blues and jazz guitarist/singer Jesse Robinson performing a historical medley of songs. The City of McComb will present BO DIDDLEY with a proclamation and City officials are asking the State Senate and House of Representatives to introduce a similar measure.
         Local artist Pat Legg has also donated an acrylic painting of BO DIDDLEY to the City and prints of the portrait will be sold during the Festival.
         The Festival also coincides with McComb High School's Homecoming. The Homecoming Parade will be kicking off at 4.00pm, with BO DIDDLEY this year's Grand Marshal riding in a convertible from Legacy Ford in McComb. The McComb High and Junior High bands will be joined in the parade by the Hazlehurst High School and South Pike High School bands in playing a selection of BO DIDDLEY's songs.
         The McComb High School Homecoming Game in the evening will be followed by a free "Singing The Blues" concert at the Railroad Depot Pavilion, beginning at 9.00pm.
         The second day of the Festival begins at 10.00am on Saturday, on the grounds of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.
         The Mississippi Blues Trail, created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, is a project to place blues interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the growth of the blues throughout the State of Mississippi.
         Friday's tributes are the latest to be paid to BO DIDDLEY by McComb and the State of Mississippi. Earlier this year, he received the Mississippi Governor's Award of Excellence In The Arts for Lifetime Achievement; the State's highest arts honor. In 2000, he was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and in 1988, presented with the key to McComb and commendations from the McComb Board of Selectmen and the Pike County Board of Supervisors during a Pike County Arts Council concert held in Magnolia.
Zach Patterson, Mayor of McComb, MS, Home Page: http://www.zachpatterson.com/
Mississippi Blues Trail website: http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail/
McComb, MS official website: http://www.mccomb-ms.com/


Update: October 29, 2007
         A BO DIDDLEY autographed custom airbrushed guitar is one of the items available in the 3rd annual National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) "Every BODY Is Beautiful" on-line fund-raising auction, which runs from Thursday (November 1st) through Sunday December 2nd.
         The full size brand new Fender Stratocaster model guitar (Item Number CMP-107) has been custom airbrushed by one of New England's greatest airbrush artists and has an estimated value of $2,500 and an opening bid of $1,100. The guitar comes Certified Authentic with a Certificate of Authenticity from Autograph Pros LLC. Photos showing BO DIDDLEY signing the guitar are also included.
         The auction items can be viewed and bids can be placed on-line beginning at 12.00pm EDT on Thursday, by visiting the NEDA website, located at: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
         As well as the BO DIDDLEY signed guitar, other auction offerings include a trip to Tokyo, Japan for a week, a manicure in Beverly Hills, yoga classes in Seattle, an iPod Nano, an autograph/clothing package from singer Carrie Underwood, a weekend in Malibu, tickets to the "Regis & Kelly Show" and much more.
         NEDA is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues.
         NEDA is dedicated to expanding public understanding and prevention of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research.
         Your donation or purchase of auction items will benefit NEDA and help fight eating disorders.
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website:
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
BO DIDDLEY autographed guitar (Auction Item #CMP-107):
http://www.cmarket.com/auction/item/Item.action?_sourcePage=%2Fitem%2FbrowseImage.jsp&id=57509967


Update: October 28, 2007
         "I'm A Man/The Chess Masters 1955-1958", the major new BO DIDDLEY 2-CD compilation set released by Hip-O Select, is currently garnering rave reviews and is now available on-line from outlets such as Amazon.com and CD Universe or to download for free (residents of the US and Canada only), via its agreement with Universal Music, from the SpiralFrog website. SpiralFrog is entirely supported by advertising, allowing free legal download of its music.
         The CD Edition of "I'm A Man/The Chess Masters 1955-1958" is limited to 5,000 non-numbered limited edition copies and comes complete with a free guitar magnet while stocks last.
         The 49 tracks comprise every master recorded for Checker Records by BO DIDDLEY during the years 1955 to 1958, plus 12 alternate takes. There are 8 previously unreleased tracks, highlighted by a pair of alternate takes of "Bo Diddley", a ballad titled "Our Love Will Never Go" and a take on the Mickey & Sylvia hit "Love Is Strange".
         The music comes with complete discographical information compiled from the Chess files, tape boxes and with the input of BO DIDDLEY's biographer and discographer, George R. White. The set also includes comprehensive liner notes by noted journalist/critic/disc jockey Chris Morris and was produced by three-time Grammy Award-winning reissue producer Andy McKaie.
         These are among the most important rock & roll recordings ever and this is the first time that they have been released in this fashion.
Recent reviews of "I'm A Man/The Chess Masters 1955-1958":
Ken Barnes, Listen Up, USATODAY.com:
Bo Diddley, I'm a Man: The Chess Masters 1955-1958 (just out, online only): Bo Diddley's a survivor, having recently recovered from two strokes and a severe heart attack, but his prognosis is not over-optimistic. (Note: BO DIDDLEY remains in good shape and at the time of writing, is looking forward to traveling to his home town of McComb, MS for the unveiling of his Blues Marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. Webmaster). He's also perhaps the most-overlooked rock 'n' roll pioneer, but this Hip-o Select double CD is capable of quickly correcting that situation. Who Do You Love, Mona and Say Man are among the most amazing records of any era, and the chronological ordering of the tracks here (including some unreleased gems) makes it easy to appreciate his inventiveness. I was fascinated to see how You Don't Love Me mutates into She's Fine, She's Mine, which then mutated back in the hands of bluesman Willie Cobbs into the standard You Don't Love Me (which then became the basis for the fluke 1994 reggae-pop hit also titled You Don't Love Me). Or how Bo's unreleased, presumably original version of the massive Mickey & Sylvia '50s hit Love Is Strange was self-cannibalized for his Crackin' Up (later covered by the Stones). I could go on, as you know by now, but will stop here. Check this out.
Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher, Midwest Record, Lake Zurich, IL:
BO DIDDLEY/I'm a Man-The Chess Masters 1955-58: "Rocket 88" may make claim to being the first record, but "Bo Diddley" brought the birth of the Bo Diddley beat with the four on the floor cornerstone of all the rock that came after. A twofer collection of all Diddley's pre-lp works when singles were the order of the day, this is some fat early rock and roll that is coming right from the source. 110% real deal, this is some solid birth of rock and roll collection for the hard core rocker that is ready to confront the source. No denying this is completely hot stuff. (Geffen/Chess)
Michael Andrews, Flagpole magazine, Athens, GA:
Bo Diddley, I'm A Man: The Chess Masters 1955-1958, Hip-o Select
         Who played blues that might as well have arrived from Mars? Bo Diddley. Who's credited not only with contributing to the birth of rock and roll, but also electrifying and popularizing a primal rock rhythm synonymous with his own name? Bo Diddley. The box guitar-toting Diddley was a unique breed among the Chess Records roster in an era when his labelmates included heavyweights like Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry. A large portion of Diddley's most definitive and influential work for Chess is compiled on the gracious double-disc I'm A Man: The Chess Masters 1955-1958, a 48-track collection that vividly demonstrates that Bo knew way more than how to lay down that funky beat.
         Even when adopting a standard blues rhythm and backdrop, he rarely sounds run-of-the-mill. More often, Diddley injects a surprising jolt of new musical flavor, like the speedy shuffle that greets the tombstone blues of "Who Do You Love" or the jangly bossa-nova texture of "Hush Your Mouth." As a bluesman, he was unpredictable, but as a bandleader or straight-man emcee, Diddley was a veritable loose cannon. Infectious tracks, like the lascivious call-and-response of "Bring It To Jerome" or the salty dialogue "Say, Man" (in which Diddley and bandmate Jerome Green take turns playing the dozens with one another) sound looser, less inhibited and more worldly, even, than almost anything else, save for Howlin' Wolf.
         With many of the set's inclusions presented in final and alternate takes, we're provided with an unfancified, but nonetheless intricate, blueprint for the genre-bending work that would influence artists from Hasil Adkins to Captain Beefheart. Headed by an off-the-wall personality that helped greatly in birthing baby rock and roll, I'm A Man proves there's much, much more to Mr. Bo Diddley and his knee-slapping rhythm than a shave-and-a-haircut-two-bits.
SpiralFrog's "I'm A Man/The Chess Masters 1955-1958" download webpage (US and Canada residents only): http://www.spiralfrog.com/download/album/1213835/


Update: October 24, 2007
         BO DIDDLEY is eagerly awaiting next week's tributes planned for him in his home town of McComb, MS. The City is hosting the first Camellia City Festival, Friday and Saturday November 2nd and 3rd, and the event has been specially timed to coincide with the unveiling in McComb of the BO DIDDLEY Blues Marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.
         The Festival will begin at 9.00am on Friday November 2nd, with a bus tour beginning at the McComb Railroad Museum on Railroad Boulevard, then heading to the renovated State Theater, the new Hampton Inn, the McComb Tiger Activity Complex, McComb's new Sports Park and then on to view BO DIDDLEY's childhood home.
         All are then invited to the unveiling ceremony for the BO DIDDLEY Blues Marker, taking place from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, with the popular local blues and jazz guitarist/singer Jesse Robinson performing a historical medley of songs. The City of McComb will present BO DIDDLEY with a proclamation and City officials are asking the State Senate and House of Representatives to introduce a similar measure.
         Local artist Pat Legg has also donated an acrylic painting of BO DIDDLEY to the City and prints of the portrait will be sold during the Festival.
         The Festival also coincides with McComb High School's Homecoming. The Homecoming Parade will be kicking off at 4.00pm, with BO DIDDLEY this year's Grand Marshal riding in a convertible from Legacy Ford in McComb. The McComb High and Junior High bands will be joined in the parade by the Hazlehurst High School and South Pike High School bands in playing a selection of BO DIDDLEY's songs.
         The McComb High School Homecoming Game in the evening will be followed by a free "Singing The Blues" concert at the Railroad Depot Pavilion, beginning at 9.00pm.
         The second day of the Festival begins at 10.00am Saturday November 3rd, on the grounds of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.
         The Mississippi Blues Trail, created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, is a project to place blues interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the growth of the blues throughout the State of Mississippi.
         Next week's tributes are the latest paid to BO DIDDLEY by McComb and the State of Mississippi. Earlier this year, he received the Mississippi Governor's Award of Excellence In The Arts for Lifetime Achievement; the State's highest arts honor. In 2000, he was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and in 1988, presented with the key to McComb and commendations from the McComb Board of Selectmen and the Pike County Board of Supervisors during a Pike County Arts Council concert held in Magnolia.
Mississippi Blues Trail website: http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail/
McComb, MS official website: http://www.mccomb-ms.com/


Update: October 18, 2007
         We are delighted to be able to inform you that BO DIDDLEY is to be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail during his native McComb, MS 2-day Camellia City Festival, November 2nd-3rd, making his first public appearance since suffering a series of ailments earlier in the year.
         The first day of the Festival will feature a bus tour at 9.00am that will show off McComb's historic sites and attractions, including BO DIDDLEY's childhood home and the renovated State Theater, as well as newer facilities such as the McComb Sports Park and the McComb Tiger Activity Complex. The Blues Marker unveiling will follow the tour.
         Tickets for the bus tour are $15 and limited to the first 50 people. The cost also includes reserved seating for the Blues Marker unveiling and brunch following the ceremony. Call 684-8664 for info. The public is invited to the ceremony, which is free. After that, live music will begin at the Depot Pavilion at 12.30pm, although BO DIDDLEY is not expected to perform.
         On November 3rd, the Festival continues at the walking track areas at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. The Festival coincides with McComb High School's homecoming and the school district is partnering with the City in putting on the Festival.
         The City of McComb will also present BO DIDDLEY with a proclamation and City officials are asking the State Senate and House of Representatives to introduce a similar measure.
         Mayor Zachary Patterson today (Wednesday) declared the upcoming event a grand opportunity to showcase McComb and southwest Mississippi as well as celebrate the life and time of BO DIDDLEY.
         The Mississippi Blues Trail, created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, is a project to place blues interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the growth of the blues throughout the State of Mississippi.
Mississippi Blues Trail website: http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail/
McComb, MS official website: http://www.mccomb-ms.com/


Update: October 16, 2007
         Fans may be interested to know that Oscar-nominated actor Matt Dillon, star of movies including "There's Something About Mary", "Crash" and "You, Me and Dupree", is in final negotiations to play the role of Leonard Chess, the co-founder of Chess Records along with his brother Phil, in the new Sony/BMG Films musical biopic "Cadillac Records".
         The period piece follows the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of blues and rock & roll greats including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.
         The script and direction is by Darnell Martin, (2005's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"), with Sony/BMG's Sofia Sondervan and Andrew Lack producing. Filming is set to begin in January in Chicago and New Jersey.


Update: October 4, 2007
         As BO DIDDLEY continues to recover at his home in Florida from his stroke and recent heart attack, Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson's thrilling performance of his song "Who Do You Love" at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival makes for one of the highlights of the new "Crossroads" double-DVD set, to be released via Rhino Home Video on November 20th.
         The performance, which Robbie Robertson told the 28,000 sold-out audience he was dedicating to BO DIDDLEY following his May 13th stroke, is one of 38 tracks that make up the official DVD release of the July 28th music festival and benefit concert staged at Chicago's Toyota Park in aid of Eric Clapton's Crossroads, Antigua drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centre.
         The DVD release of the concert features a host of other musicians, including Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, BB King, Hubert Sumlin and Jimmie Vaughan.
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 website: http://crossroadsguitarfestival2007.com/
Crossroads, Antigua website: http://www.crossroadsantigua.org/
Rhino Records website: http://www.rhino.com/


Update: September 28, 2007
         An interview with Fred Gretsch of the Gretsch Musical Instruments company is today's (Friday) Feature Story on the "Modern Guitars" on-line guitar magazine.
         The article includes details of the recently-released Gretsch G6199B "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird Bass, the latest mutation of the ubiquitous Gretsch "Billy-Bo" artist signature model guitar conceived by ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons and BO DIDDLEY. Long and lean, the G6199B features a futuristic semi-hollow mahogany body, dual TV Jones Thunder'Tron pick-ups, a newly-designed bass "Space Control" bridge and Sperzel locking machine heads.
         The G6199B Bass proudly takes its place in the Gretsch Guitars catalog alongside the G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird and G6138 Bo Diddley Professional Collection artist signature models plus the G5810 Bo Diddley and G5850 Mini Diddley Electromatic Collection artist signature models.
"Modern Guitars" Fred Gretsch interview: http://www.modernguitars.com/archives/003791.html
Gretsch Guitars G6199B "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird Bass webpage: http://www.gretschguitars.com/new07/G6199B.html


Update: September 12, 2007
         SpiralFrog, the new web-based music download service, launched to residents of the US and Canada yesterday (Monday). SpiralFrog is entirely supported by advertising, allowing free legal download of its music.
         Via its agreement with Universal Music, SpiralFrog now offers users in the US and Canada the ability to legally download music for free by many of the world's most influential and important recording artists of the century, including Chess Records artists such as BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Muddy Waters.
         Tracks from the Universal Music's catalog of BO DIDDLEY CDs including "The Chess Box" (1990), "Bo Knows Bo" (1995), "His Best" (1997), "Guitar Legends" (with Chuck Berry) (1997), "20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bo Diddley" (2000), "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" (2004) and "The Definitive Collection" (2007), are now available on-line (to users in the US and Canada only) for free download from SpiralFrog's BO DIDDLEY artist webpage, located at http://www.spiralfrog.com/download/artist/57518/
         It is planned to make the SpiralFrog download service available to residents in other selected countries in the future.


BO DIDDLEY: I'm A Man/The Chess Masters, 1955-1958
Early Bo Diddley 2-CD Set
         Fans may be interested to know that "I'm A Man/The Chess Masters, 1955-1958" is the title of a major new BO DIDDLEY 2-CD compilation set released by Hip-O Select.
         Currently Hip-O Select's Featured Release, this CD Edition is limited to 5,000 non-numbered limited edition copies and comes complete with a free guitar magnet while stocks last.
         The 49 tracks (see the complete track listing, below) comprise every master recorded for Checker Records by BO DIDDLEY during the years 1955 to 1958, plus 12 alternate takes. There are 8 previously unreleased tracks, highlighted by a pair of alternate takes of "Bo Diddley", a ballad titled "Our Love Will Never Go" and a take on the Mickey & Sylvia hit "Love Is Strange".
         The music comes with complete discographical information compiled from the Chess files, tape boxes and with the input of BO DIDDLEY's biographer and discographer, George R. White. The set also includes comprehensive liner notes by noted journalist/critic/disc jockey Chris Morris and was produced by three-time Grammy Award-winning reissue producer Andy McKaie.
         These are among the most important rock & roll recordings ever and this is the first time that they have been released in this fashion.
         Hip-O Select is an Internet-only retail site specializing in reissues of hard to find and out of print titles from the Universal Music Group. Selling directly to customers through its website, the label has released close to 200 projects featuring such diverse artists as The Animals, James Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Etta James, Peggy Lee, The Supremes, DJ Shadow, Suzanne Vega and Joe Walsh.
DISC 1
1. Bo Diddley (alternate - 1)
2. I'm A Man (alternate)
3. Little Girl (alternate)
4. Bo Diddley (alternate - 2)
5. Bo Diddley - master
6. I'm A Man - master
7. Little Girl - master
8. You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)
9. Diddley Daddy
10. She's Fine, She's Mine
11. Pretty Thing
12. Heart-O-Matic Love (partial/alternate)
13. Heart-O-Matic Love - master
14. Bring It To Jerome (unedited version)
15. Bring It To Jerome - master
16. Spanish Guitar
17. Dancing Girl
18. Diddy Wah Diddy
19. I'm Looking For A Woman
20. I'm Looking For A Woman
21. I'm Bad
22. Love Is Strange
23. Who Do You Love
24. Cops & Robbers
25. Down Home Special

DISC 2
1. Hey! Bo Diddley
2. Mona
3. Say Boss Man (undubbed alternate)
4. Say Boss Man - master
5. Run Diddley Daddy (early version)
6. Before You Accuse Me
7. Say Man (alternate)
8. Say Man - master
9. Hush Your Mouth (alternate)
10. Hush Your Mouth - master
11. Bo's Guitar
12. Dearest Darling (alternate)
13. Dearest Darling
14. The Clock Strikes Twelve
15. Willie & Lillie
16. Our Love Will Never Go
17. Bo Meets The Monster
18. I Love You So (first version)
19. The Great Grandfather
20. Crackin' Up
21. Don't Let It Go
22. I'm Sorry
23. Oh Yea
24. Blues, Blues
Hip-O Select website: http://www.hip-oselect.com



Update: September 6, 2007
         We are delighted to be able to report that BO DIDDLEY has now left the medical center in Gainesville, FL where he was admitted after suffering a heart attack last month.
         With his health greatly improved, BO DIDDLEY is now resting at home and happy to be back with his family. His family and friends would like to thank his fans for the outpouring of cards, letters and good wishes that followed his stroke last May and lastmonth's heart attack.


Update: August 28, 2007
         BO DIDDLEY was this morning (Tuesday, August 28th) moved from intensive care to cardiac care and listed in stable condition at the North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, after suffering a heart attack during a routine medical check-up Friday (August 24th).
         Our thoughts and our prayers are with BO DIDDLEY and his dear family and friends at this difficult time.



Update: July 3, 2007
         Fans in Europe may be interested to know that the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris, France is currently staging an exhibition devoted to the genesis, evolution and history of rock & roll in the US between the years 1939 and 1959.
         The exhibition, titled "Rock 'n' Roll 39-59", is divided into two parts. The first captures the hedonism and incredible surge of freedom that were at the heart of the rock & roll explosion in the mid-1950s, while the second historical sequence examines the origins and guides visitors through the history of its key figures, places and events.
         With its priceless period posters, records and rare objects, its photographs, films, music and sounds, this exhibition invites visitors to relive a key cultural phenomenon in American history, one that mirrored and drove a major social transformation whose heritage remains vibrantly alive today. The exhibition is now open every day, except Mondays, until Sunday October 28th.
         The Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain is located in Paris at 261 Boulevard Raspail.
         The "Rock 'n' Roll 39-59" exhibition is open every day, except Mondays, from 10.00am to 8.00pm and open Tuesday evenings until 10.00pm. Admission: 6.50 euros. Reduced price: 4.50 euros (students, under 25, Vermeil cardholders, Amis des Musˆ©es, unemployed).
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain website: http://fondation.cartier.com/


Update: June 27, 2007
         Sir Peter Blake's celebrated portrait of BO DIDDLEY titled "Bo Diddley" (1963) is one of the iconic works included in a major retrospective exhibition of paintings by the artist which opens on Friday (June 29th) at the Tate Liverpool art gallery and museum in Liverpool, England.
         A highly influential and original artist, Blake is often described as the godfather of British pop art. Creator of the cover art for The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album (1967), the exhibition surveys his repeated homages in painting to his friends and heroes, including BO DIDDLEY, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
         "Peter Blake: A Retrospective" is at Tate Liverpool (0151-702 7400) from Friday until Sunday September 23rd.
Tate Liverpool's Sir Peter Blake exhibition webpage:
http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool/exhibitions/peterblake/


Update: June 26, 2007
         Fans may be interested to know that a special day-long series of events is planned for Thursday (June 28th) in Vicksburg, MS to celebrate the late Willie Dixon's legacy.
         Throughout his career, Willie Dixon penned more than 500 songs which helped shape the sound of Chicago blues in the 1950s and 1960s, including such hits for BO DIDDLEY as "Pretty Thing", "Diddy Wah Diddy" and "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover", many of which were later recorded and performed by groups including The Animals, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Pretty Things, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Yardbirds.
         In addition to BO DIDDLEY, Willie Dixon also worked in the studio alongside such Chess Records luminaries as Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.
         In his later years, Willie became an ambassador of the blues and founded the Chicago-based Blues Heaven Foundation, an organization that works to preserve the blues' legacy and to secure copyrights and royalties for exploited blues musicians.
         Events will begin in Vicksburg on Thursday at 3.00pm at Willie Dixon Way, between South and Veto Streets, when the Mississippi Blues Commission will unveil the Willie Dixon Mississippi Blues Trail Marker. The Trail is a collection of more than 100 historical markers and interpretive sites throughout the State to recognize Mississippi's blues heritage.
         At 4.00pm, members of the late blues great's family and community members will gather at City Front for the unveiling of a mural depicting Willie Dixon and his musical contributions.
         >From 6.00pm thru 9.00pm, a Willie Dixon tribute jam session at the Southern Culture Heritage Center will kick-off the opening of a special exhibit honoring his achievements as Chess Records' in-house talent scout, A&R man, composer, arranger, producer and session bass player. Admission is free and open to the public.
         Born in Vicksburg in 1915, Willie Dixon died in Burbank, CA in 1992 and was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame two years later.
Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation, Inc. website: http://www.bluesheaven.com/
Mississippi Blues Commission website: http://www.msbluestrail.org/index.htm


Update: June 20, 2007
         We are delighted to be able to report that BO DIDDLEY has now been discharged from Shands Rehab Hospital in his home town of Gainesville, FL, where he had been undergoing speech and occupational therapy since suffering a stroke after a show in Council Bluffs, IA, May 13th.
         Fans can continue to send their well wishes to him at postmaster@tciartists.com or to TCI (Talent Consultants International, Ltd.), 105 Shad Row, 2nd Floor, Piermont, NY 10968 or via the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website at surfsinkorswim@yahoo.com or via the website's Guestbook, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html


Update: June 13, 2007
         Canadian rock legends Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings' acclaimed new album "Jukebox" (Sony-BMG) released today (Tuesday), includes among its 17 tracks a medley of the BO DIDDLEY classics "Who Do You Love" and "Hey Bo Diddley" along with Buddy Holly's celebrated BO DIDDLEY beat song "Not Fade Away".
         An homage to their musical idols, the album is available in a regular 17 track CD version and in a deluxe 17 track CD version plus "The Jukebox Interviews - Randy & Burton" bonus DVD and booklet. The album consists of Bachman-Cummings' interpretations of a number of radio hits that the duo listened to during their formative years growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
         Inspired by the music of BO DIDDLEY, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, Randy Bachman (lead guitar) and Burton Cummings (lead vocals) achieved international fame in the late 1960s with rock band The Guess Who before Bachman left the group in 1970 to go on to co-found Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
         Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings will be joining host Robin Larose this Sunday (June 17th) at 1.00pm on 99.3 The Drive, Prince George, British Columbia's Classic Rock radio station, for an exclusive live performance in front of a studio of fans to mark the release of their "Jukebox" album.
Bachman-Cummings official website: http://www.bachmancummings.com/
99.3 The Drive website: http://www.993thedrive.com/


Update: June 8, 2007
         Fans in the New York City area may be interested to know that a special "Bo Did It!" record hop is to be staged later this month.
         Billed as an evening of 500% BO DIDDLEY records, cover versions and remakes of BO DIDDLEY records and songs that utilise the world-famous BO DIDDLEY beat, the event features top New York DJs Billy Miller and Miriam Linna (Norton Records), Tim Warren (Crypt Records), Todd-O-Phonic (Telstar Records), Dave The Spazz (WFMU's "Music To Spazz By"), Rex Doane (WFMU's "Fool's Paradise"), Andy Maltz (Little Killers/Underthings) and Bazooka Joe aka Joe Diddley (The Thing With Two Heads). Images of BO DIDDLEY will also be projected on the big screen throughout the night.
         "Bo Did It!" will be held on Friday June 29th at Brooklyn's Don Pedro Restaurant, 90 Manhattan Ave. at McKibbin. Admission is free. Tel. 718-218-6914 for info or visit http://donpedro.us/
         On-line, following his May 13th stroke, several "get well soon" webpages and special tributes etc. have been created for BO DIDDLEY in recent days. These include:
         The Robert Altman Photography website page located at: http://www.altmanphoto.com/bo_diddleys_page.html
         Video of the celebrated UK music journalist Charles Shaar Murray and musician/actor Gary Lammin jamming together last month at London's Filthy McNasty's bar, posted on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA7ztr3Hwwg
         Video clips of BO DIDDLEY's celebrated November 1965 appearance in "The Big TNT Show" AIP movie, posted on Jason Nocera's "Buddy and Hopkins" music cartoons website, located at: http://www.buddyandhopkins.com/BH_blues_videos.html
         CartoonSteve.com Blog's get well card, located at: http://cartoonsteve.blogspot.com/2007/05/bo-diddley-get-well-card-bo-diddly-is.html
"Bo Did It!" flyer: http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b99/ledisquaire/bodidit.jpg


Update: June 2, 2007
         Fans in the UK should note that owing to BO DIDDLEY's current illness, his widely anticipated tour of the UK, originally scheduled to begin tomorrow (Saturday), has been postponed but not, as yet, canceled.
         The tour, his first in the UK since the 1980s, would have seen BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band visiting the length of the country by tour bus, playing a total of 12 shows in 18 days at various venues across England, Scotland and Wales.
         A key figure in the transition of blues into rock & roll, BO DIDDLEY had been due to play high-profile gigs in London in support of the Arts Council of England-organized celebratory season to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the term rhythm & blues, plus 2 special "Legends" 50th anniversary shows at the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.
         It is now hoped to reschedule this UK tour for a later date, pending his recovery from his May 13th stroke.
         Finally, we send our congratulations to BO DIDDLEY's good friend Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, who is celebrating his 60th birthday today (Friday). Congrats, Ronnie!
60 Years of Rhythm & Blues website: http://www.rnbseason.co.uk/index.html
Cavern Club website's BO DIDDLEY profile: http://www.cavern-liverpool.co.uk/cavernclub/profiles/bodiddley_profile.htm
RonnieWood.com website: http://www.ronniewood.com/


Update: May 30, 2007
         BO DIDDLEY is expected to remain hospitalized for a couple of weeks at the Shands Medical Center in his home town of Gainesville, FL, where he is currently undergoing speech and occupational therapy after suffering a stroke May 13th. After he is released from the hospital, he is expected to continue therapy as an outpatient.
         We are delighted to be able to report that he continues to show promising signs of recovery. A great lover of country music, he is enjoying listening and humming along to the songs on his favorite country & western station on the radio in his room.
         Among those who have sent messages to BO DIDDLEY in recent days are his friends Chuck Berry, Elvis Costello, ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons, Charlie Gracie and Little Richard and his Band, along with hundreds of fans and well wishers from around the world.
         Fans are asked not to contact the hospital, but can send their well wishes to him at postmaster@tciartists.com or to TCI (Talent Consultants International, Ltd.), 105 Shad Row, 2nd Floor, Piermont, NY 10968 or via the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website at surfsinkorswim@yahoo.com or via the website's Guestbook, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html
         In other news, the popular European electro/techno quartet Black Strobe are to release their reworking of BO DIDDLEY's classic song "I'm A Man" as their next single. Available on 12" and 7" vinyl and download from Monday (June 4th), "I'm A Man" is also one of the tracks on the band's new debut album titled "Burn Your Own Church" (Playlouderecordings PLAYR 23L), to be released on Monday June 18th.
         A podcast of the making of the Black Strobe video for "I'm A Man" is also available by visiting the band's official podcast webpage, located at: http://www.blackstrobe.net/podcast/
         Formed in Paris, France in 1997 by producer Arnaud Rebotini and electro house DJ Ivan Smagghe, Black Strobe were instrumental in the rise of the electroclash movement in the UK.
Black Strobe official website: http://www.blackstrobe.net/
Playlouderecordings' Black Strobe webpage: http://www.playlouder.com/downloads/artist/~blackstrobe/


Update: May 29, 2007
         Within a 2-day period this month, an illness took the life of one influential black American and impaired another.
         On Tuesday May 15th, Yoldanda King, the eldest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the first national ambassador and spokeswoman for the "Power To End Stroke" campaign, died. She was 51 and had heart disease.
         Two days earlier, BO DIDDLEY suffered a stroke during a concert in Iowa and is currently recuperating in a Florida hospital.
         "Power To End Stroke" is the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's new education and stroke awareness campaign highlighting African-Americans. Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, causes a third of all deaths among blacks. Having the power to end stroke means putting down cigarettes and stopping smoking, observing advice from your doctor and knowing your family's medical history, watching your weight and being physically active at least 30 minutes most days of the week, eating healthfully and avoiding foods high in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium and regulating and controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
         For additional information, call 1-888-4-STROKE or visit the American Stroke Association's "Power To End Stroke" campaign webpage, located at
http://www.strokeassociation.org/power
American Stroke Association website: http://www.strokeassociation.org/


Update: May 27, 2007
         May 27, 2007 - We are delighted to be able to report that BO DIDDLEY has now left the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, NE, where he had been hospitalized for 11 days following his May 13th stroke.
         He was able to travel Thursday (May 24th) to his home town of Gainesville, FL and was admitted to the Shands Medical Center at the University of Florida to continue his treatment.
         Fans are asked not to contact the hospital, but can continue to send their well wishes to him at postmaster@tciartists.com or to TCI (Talent Consultants International, Ltd.), 105 Shad Row, 2nd Floor, Piermont, NY 10968 or via the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website at surfsinkorswim@yahoo.com or via the website's Guestbook, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html
        We once again wish to thank each and every one who has e-mailed in with their messages of love, encouragement and support in recent days. - David Blakey


Update: May 26, 2007
         Fans may be interested to know that the ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com on-line auction company's latest "Rock & Roll Photography & Memorabilia Auction" is currently on-line until 11.00pm (Eastern) on Saturday (June 2nd). The Huntington, NY-based company is the leader in sales of authentic, rare rock & roll memorabilia.
         Amongst the more than 1,500 lots currently for auction, there are a number of collectible BO DIDDLEY-related items. These include:
Lot 843: BO DIDDLEY autographed red "Bo Diddley" model Gretsch Electromatic guitar. Starting bid $400.
Lot 900: BO DIDDLEY autographed 1959 "Go Bo Diddley" album (Checker LP-1436). Starting bid $50.
Lot 902: BO DIDDLEY autographed 8x10 photo. Starting bid $50.
Lot 966: BO DIDDLEY & Ron Wood, 1987 "Gunslingers Tour" 23x30 poster for the "Live At The Ritz" concert in New York. Starting bid $50.
Lot 1008: BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry & Mountain, 1969 "Boston Tea Party" 11x17.25 concert poster. Starting bid $100.
Lot 1289: BO DIDDLEY, Jerry Garcia Band & Elephant's Memory, 1976 "Pirate's Ball" party cruise 10x12 handbill. Starting bid $2,000.
Lot 641: 1969 Seattle Pop Festival 8.5x11 handbill, featuring BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Chicago, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Santana etc. Starting bid $100.
Lot 766: Rolling Stones autographed Fall 1963 8x10.5 UK program. Signed page includes the following: "Mick Jagger.... Likes Chinese food, clothes, The Rolling Stones, BO DIDDLEY and life in general". Starting bid $1,000.
Lot 955: "Roots of Rock" autograph collection, including 8x11 signed BO DIDDLEY photo plus the autographs of Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, The Ink Spots, Jerry Lee Lewis, Martha & The Vandellas and Carl Perkins. Starting bid $150.
ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com catalog and on-line auction webpage: http://www.itsonlyrocknroll.com/catalog/auction.php


Update: May 24, 2007
        Writing in his "Moore Confessions" music blog on the UK's "Guardian Unlimited" website yesterday (Wednesday), John Moore, former member of the popular Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain and current member of the pop/indie group Black Box Recorder, hails BO DIDDLEY "a world treasure" and "one of the greatest musical innovators of all-time".
        In 1987, The Jesus and Mary Chain famously paid tribute to BO DIDDLEY with their song "Bo Diddley Is Jesus" and by reworking his classic "Who Do You Love". In yesterday's blog, John Moore calls on his readers to visit the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website and to wish BO DIDDLEY well in his recovery from his May 13th stroke.
        The article "Moore Confessions: Bo Diddley is a World Treasure" by John Moore, along with a photo of the author with BO DIDDLEY, can be viewed on-line at http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/05/moore_confessions_1.html A transcript can also now be viewed by visiting the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and clicking the "Enter My Forum" button.
        The "Guardian Unlimited" website is the on-line home of the UK's "Guardian", "Observer" and "Guardian Weekly" newspapers. The website won the Best Newspaper category two years running in the 2005 and 2006 Webby Awards, beating, in 2005, the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", the "Wall Street Journal" and "Variety" and has been the winner for six years in a row of the British Newspaper Awards for Best Electronic Daily Newspaper.
John Moore official website: http://www.john-moore.net/
"Guardian Unlimited" website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/


Update: May 21, 2007
        We are delighted to be able to report that BO DIDDLEY was yesterday (Monday) transferred from the intensive care unit to a regular room at the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, NE.
        In time, it is expected that he will return to his Gainesville, FL home, where he is expected to continue treatment at Shands Medical Center at the University of Florida. It also appears that he has suffered no long-term, physical damage from the May 13th stroke.
        Fans are asked not to contact the hospital, but can continue to send their well wishes to him at postmaster@tciartists.com or to TCI (Talent Consultants International, Ltd.), 105 Shad Row, 2nd Floor, Piermont, NY 10968 or via the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website at surfsinkorswim@yahoo.com or via the website's Guestbook, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html
        We thank each and every one who has e-mailed in with their messages of love, encouragement and support in recent days.


Update: May 19, 2007
        Following his stroke earlier this week, messages wishing BO DIDDLEY a speedy recovery continue to pour in from fans around the world and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has e-mailed in and/or signed the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Guestbook over the past 48 hours with their messages of love, encouragement and support.
        In other news, around 1958, BO DIDDLEY built the world's first square guitar by taking the neck and the electrics off a Gretsch guitar and putting them onto a square body that he had constructed. Later that year he commissioned Gretsch's Brooklyn factory to make him another square guitar, which he nicknamed "Big B", and which he famously played on stages around the world for the next 2 decades.
        BO DIDDLEY's iconic 1958 original Gretsch "Big B" guitar is to be one of the star exhibits at the Henry Ford Museum Gallery's upcoming "Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars" display that runs from Saturday June 9th thru Sunday September 30th inc.
        On display will be 30 celebrated guitars that helped change the direction of rock & roll history, along with more than 19 cars and motorcycles once owned or driven by such rock luminaries as Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top, John Lennon, Elvis Presley and Van Halen. This is a rare opportunity to see an entourage of automobiles that symbolizes America's love affair with their cars and rock music.
        Also on display will be the custom-built 2005 Gretsch G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird signature model guitar, that combines the characteristic BO DIDDLEY design with the styles of ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons.
        Entry to the exhibit is free with Henry Ford Museum admission or membership. The Henry Ford is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI and is an independent, non-profit, educational institution. For general (recorded) information, 24 hours a day, call 313.271.1620 in south-eastern Michigan, or 800.TELL.A.FRiend (800.835.5237).
        The Henry Ford is open seven days a week, 9-30am to 5-00pm. Admission is $14 adults, $13 seniors and $10 youths; members and children four and under are free. For more information, please call (313) 982-6001. The Henry Ford "Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars" webpage: http://www.thehenryford.org/museum/rockstars/default.asp
Gretsch Guitars "Bo Diddley" G5810 guitar webpage: http://www.gretschguitars.com/gear/index.php?product=G5810&cat1=&cat2=&q=&st=1
Gretsch Guitars "Mini Diddley" G5850 guitar webpage: http://www.gretschguitars.com/gear/index.php?product=G5850&cat1=&cat2=&q=&st=1
Gretsch Guitars "Bo Diddley" G6138 guitar webpage: http://www.gretschguitars.com/gear/index.php?product=G6138&cat1=&cat2=&q=&st=1
Gretsch Guitars "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird G6199 guitar webpage: http://www.gretschguitars.com/gear/index.php?product=G6199&cat1=&cat2=&q=&st=1


Update: April 6, 2007
        Last night's (Saturday) edition of the popular "Mountain of Blues" radio program, aired weekly between 8.00pm-11.00pm EST on WDMT 102.3FM The Mountain in Wilkes-Barre, PA, featured a special "Spotlight" segment on BO DIDDLEY, ahead of his upcoming July 8th appearance at the Hershey Park Amphitheatre in Hershey, PA.
        Also featured in last night's show were birthday tributes to Chess label greats Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Otis Rush.
        Hosted and produced by Michael Cloeren, last night's edition of "Mountain of Blues" (Show #231) will shortly be archived and available in RealAudio format for listeners around the world via the program's website, located at http://mountainofblues.com/main.shtml
WDMT 102.3FM The Mountain website: http://www.102themountain.com/


Update: April 21, 2007
        A new book which details the neighborhood of Washington, DC in which BO DIDDLEY once resided in the late 1950s, is to be published on Monday April 30th.
        In her book "Mount Pleasant: Images of America" (Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 073854406X) author Mara Cherkasky, a Washington, DC historian and writer, presents photographs, maps and other images to illustrate the many chapters in this fascinating neighborhood's history.
        BO DIDDLEY's former home on the 1700 block of Newton Street, NW is one of the many places of interest now signed with a historic marker on self-guided walking tours of the Mount Pleasant district.
        BO DIDDLEY lived in Washington, DC for around 7 years, circa 1959-1966. Amongst the talented young artists from the city that he discovered and mentored were soul music superstar Marvin Gaye, singer/pianist Billy Stewart, the female vocal quartet The Impalas/Jewels and soul/blues guitarist Charles "Skip" Pitts, whose distinctive wah-wah guitar embellishes Isaac Hayes' classic "Theme From Shaft" hit.
        Later moving across town to a property on Rhode Island Avenue and building his own home studio, classic tracks recorded by BO DIDDLEY in the early 1960s in Washington, DC include "Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger", "Pills", "Bo's Bounce", "I'm Alright", "Doing The Craw-Daddy", "Ride On Josephine", "Aztec" and "Hong Kong, Mississippi".
        In 1986, BO DIDDLEY was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association's Hall of Fame. In 2003, he was included in the prestigious "Washingtonian" magazine's Washington Music Hall of Fame.
        To celebrate the publication of her book, the author of "Mount Pleasant: Images of America" will be conducting a book signing Saturday May 5th, from 10.30am-1.00pm, at Pfeiffer's Hardware, 3219 Mount Pleasant Street, NW (Tel. 202-462-1431), followed by a book release party on Wednesday May 30th, between 7.00-9.00pm, at Haydee's Restaurant, 3102 Mount Pleasant Street, NW (Tel. 202-483-9199).
Arcadia Publishing website: http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/
Historic Mount Pleasant website: http://www.historicmountpleasant.org/
Washington Area Music Association's Hall of Fame webpage: http://wamadc.com/wama/hof_1986.html
"Washingtonian" magazine website: http://www.washingtonian.com/index.html


Update: April 16, 2007
        A big-ticket gala set for later this month will offer a special salute to the many GRAMMY Award winners and nominees from Mississippi; the State that gave the world such artists as BO DIDDLEY, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Elvis Presley and Muddy Waters.
        "Mississippi - Birthplace of America's Music Celebrates a 50 Year GRAMMY Legacy" takes place Thursday April 26th at the Marriott Hotel Ballroom in downtown Jackson, MS, preceded by a reception at the Governor's Mansion hosted by Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour. Tickets are $1,000 each. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Mississippi Blues Foundation.
        Since the inception of The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Award in 1958, a disproportionate number of winners - more than 40 - and a vast number of nominees have been Mississippians.
        In 1999, at the 41st annual GRAMMY Awards Ceremony, BO DIDDLEY was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. The Award is a special Merit Award presented by a vote of The Recording Academy's National Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.
        The year previously, his 1955 recording of his song "Bo Diddley" had been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame as a recording of lasting qualitative or historical significance, followed, in 2004, by Mickey & Sylvia's 1956 recording of his song "Love Is Strange".
        In 1961, at the 3rd GRAMMY Awards Ceremony, BO DIDDLEY's single "Walkin' & Talkin'" was nominated in the Best Rhythm & Blues Performance category and in 1997 his album "A Man Amongst Men" nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In 1991, Robert Palmer's sleeve notes for the retrospective CD box set "Bo Diddley: The Chess Box" were nominated in the Best Album Notes category.
        Ticket information for this special celebration of GRAMMY Award winners and nominees from Mississippi is available by calling 601-576-2020.
Mississippi Development Authority website: http://www.mississippi.org/
Mississippi Blues Foundation website: http://www.msbluestrail.org/foundation.html
The Recording Academy website: http://www.grammy.com/


Update: April 13, 2007
        This year marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of the music genre rhythm & blues (R&B), a term coined in 1947 by Jerry Wexler writing in "Billboard" magazine. Rhythm & blues, with its combination of jazz, gospel and blues influences, was a major factor in the emergence of rock & roll. Since then, R&B and its derivatives, soul, funk, disco, hip hop and house music, have become a cornerstone of contemporary music.
        To mark 60 years of this seminal music genre, the Arts Council of England is presenting a celebratory season of events in London, England. These will include concerts, exhibitions and educational sessions with some of the genre's leading figures, including BO DIDDLEY, Beyonce, Al Green, Smokey Robinson and Candi Staton.
        BO DIDDLEY will be performing on 2 consecutive evenings, Wednesday & Thursday June 6th and 7th, at the award-winning Jazz Cafe venue in Camden, North London.
        As well as live musical events, the R&B season will also feature an educational program targeted at young people. Led by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, the program will take the form of songwriting masterclasses by leading composers and producers, informative publications geared towards a young audience and a bursary system that will award young songwriters.
        Details of further upcoming UK appearances by BO DIDDLEY during the month of June are currently available by visiting the Forthcoming Appearances page of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html
60 Years of Rhythm and Blues website: http://www.rnbseason.co.uk/index.html
Jazz Cafe website: http://www.meanfiddler.com/displayPage_jazz.asp?PageID=387
Arts Council of England website: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/
British Academy of Composers & Songwriters website: http://www.britishacademy.com/


Update: April 12, 2007
        The popular AOL Music website has added a collection of photos of BO DIDDLEY taken on-stage recently in Australia by James Green and Paul Kane of Getty Images Asia Pac. This new AOL Music BO DIDDLEY Photo Collection is located at http://music.aol.com/artist/bo-diddley/57518/photos/
        BO DIDDLEY's performance last week at the 4th annual West Coast Blues & Root Festival held in Fremantle, Western Australia, thrilled both the audience and the music critics, with many parents bringing their children along to experience his unique mix of rhythm & blues, rock & roll and hip hop.
        On the day that he reigned triumphant on Fremantle soil, his performance was described as "simply priceless" by "The West Australian" newspaper and as "a master at work" by both "The Sunday Times" and "The Australian".
        His 2 performances at the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival staged at Byron Bay in New South Wales over the Easter weekend, "showed the large number of young people in the audience just why he is regarded a living legend", according to "The Australian" national daily newspaper.
AOL Music's BO DIDDLEY webpage: http://music.aol.com/artist/bo-diddley/57518/main
AOL Music's BO DIDDLEY Photo Collection: http://music.aol.com/artist/bo-diddley/57518/photos/>br> West Coast Blues & Root Festival website: http://www.sunsetevents.com.au/Event/West_Coast_Blues_n_Roots_Festival_2007/
East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival website: http://www.bluesfest.com.au/


Update: April 3, 2007
        Last night's (Sunday) headlining performance by BO DIDDLEY at the 4th annual West Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Fremantle, Western Australia has been described as "priceless" in today's "The West Australian" newspaper and as "a master at work" by both "The Sunday Times" and "The Australian".
        Fans in Australia have several more chances to catch BO DIDDLEY in performance this week, when he takes to the stage at the Prince Bandroom in Melbourne (Wednesday), Revesby Workers' Club, Revesby, New South Wales (Thursday), East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival, Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, New South Wales (Friday and Saturday, 2 performances) and at The Basement in Sydney (Easter Sunday).
"The Australian" review: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21490991-5001562,00.html
"The Sunday Times" review: http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/comments/0,21590,21489528-5005368,00.html
"The West Australian" review: http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=77&ContentID=25008


Update: March 31, 2007
        The acclaimed Texas-based blues/funk/rock musician Hamilton Loomis and his band will be performing material from his upcoming album "Ain't Just Temporary" in his home town of Galveston, TX tonight (Friday), at an early CD release party at the Balinese Room, 2107 Seawall Blvd. Tel. (409) 762-9696 for details.
        The CD, which is due for release on Tuesday May 8th on Blind Pig Records CD 5113, features a special guest appearance by BO DIDDLEY on the track "You Got To Wait".
        A friend, mentor and supporter of Hamilton's for many years, BO DIDDLEY co-wrote the song and contributes vocals and electric guitar to the track. A review of the CD plus MP3 file sound samples are currently available by visiting the Sounds page of the Hamilton Loomis official website, located at http://www.hamiltonloomis.com/music.htm
        BO DIDDLEY previously guested on the tribute track "I Know Bo Diddley" on Hamilton's 1994 debut album "Hamilton" (Ham-Bone Records HB-101).
        Tonight's performance will wrap up a tour of Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri, before the Hamilton Loomis Band launch their third UK tour on Wednesday (April 4th) in Birmingham, England and winding up in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday April 14th.
Hamilton Loomis official website: http://www.hamiltonloomis.com/
Blind Pig Records' Hamilton Loomis webpage: http://www.blindpigrecords.com/index.cfm?section=artists&artistid=69

Update: March 20, 2007
        National Public Radio's (NPR) daily news magazine "Morning Edition" today (Tuesday, March 20, 2007) included a special feature on BO DIDDLEY. A transcript of the feature "BO DIDDLEY's Unique Rhythm Continues to Inspire", broadcast in the "Musicians In Their Own Words" slot, is available on-line on the NPR website, located at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7496086 along with audio of BO DIDDLEY explaining the origins of his classic song "Who Do You Love" plus audio of his songs "Bo Diddley", "Mumblin' Guitar" and "Who Do You Love".
        One of the most respected news magazines in the world, "Morning Edition" airs Monday thru Friday on more than 600 NPR stations across the United States and around the globe on NPR's international services. With nearly 13 million listeners, "Morning Edition" draws public radio's largest audience.
National Public Radio (NPR) website: http://www.npr.org/


Update: March 11, 2007
        Fans living in the southwest area of Michigan may be interested to know that a staged reading of the new play "Ain't Got No Home" is to be held at the Whole Art Studio, 246 N. Kalamazoo Mall in Kalamazoo, this Thursday evening (March 15th), beginning at 7.30pm.
        Written by Steve Feffer, Assistant Professor of Playwriting and Contemporary Drama at Western Michigan University (WMU), "Ain't Got No Home" is based on the story of Leonard Chess and Chess Records and how the label made music history with artists including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. A discussion with the play's author will follow the performance. Admission is free, with a $5 donation suggested. Enquiries: call 664-4694.
        Steve Feffer's plays have been produced or developed by theatres including the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York), the Philadelphia Festival Theatre, the Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston) and the National Jewish Theatre.
Whole Art Theatre website: http://www.wholeart.org/


Update: March 7, 2007
        Director Taylor Hackford's celebrated 1987 feature film "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll", which captured the musical event commemorating the 60th birthday of Chuck Berry, won top honors yesterday (Tuesday, Amrch 5, 2007) at the third annual Music DVD Awards presented in West Hollywood, CA. A panel of entertainment journalists judged the contest, in which music DVDs released in 2006 competed in eight categories.
        "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll", released last year by Image Entertainment in two-disc and four-disc configurations, was named "Best of Show", beating more than 100 contenders that were entered into the annual contest produced by "Home Media Magazine". It also won in two other categories, for best vintage concert and best special features/bonus materials.
        The documentary is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant filmed musical events of the past few decades. Bo Diddley appears in the movie in several sequences with Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
        Distributor Image Entertainment's standard two-disc "Special Edition" and four-disc "Ultimate Edition" boxed set of the movie feature a wide array of bonus content, including over seven hours of never-before-seen footage, extended interviews with many of the original founders of rock & roll, documentaries and more. The 4-disc box set is bolstered with "Witness To History", an hour-plus round table with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddley discussing their shared experiences for the first time.
        The third annual Music DVD Awards were part of the third annual Music DVD Conference, produced by "Home Media Magazine" in partnership with "The Hollywood Reporter", DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Entertainment Merchants Association.
Chuck Berry Official Website: http://www.chuckberry.com/
Chuck Berry - Mr. Rock 'n' Roll website: http://www.chuckberry.de/
"Home Media Magazine" website: http://www.homemediaretailing.com/
Image Entertainment website: http://www.image-entertainment.com/


Update: February 24, 2007
         BO DIDDLEY's unique and lasting influence on rock music remains as strong as ever, as pop/rock singer/songwriter Melanie C's new single "I Want Candy", an infectious reworking of the Strangeloves' celebrated BO DIDDLEY beat hit from the summer of 1965, looks set to climb towards the top of the UK singles chart.
         The single, released by Red Girl Records in the UK next month on maxi CD, 7" vinyl and digital download, is also the title track of a new British comedy movie titled "I Want Candy", to be released in UK cinemas on Friday March 23rd.
         Originally written by members of the New York City-based band the Strangeloves as a BO DIDDLEY pastiche after recording a demo version of his song "Bo Diddley", "I Want Candy" has proved to be an enduring and popular song for a number of artists, with hit versions released by Bow Wow Wow in the 1980s, the Candy Girls in the 1990s and by Aaron Carter in the 2000s.
         Formerly a member of the popular girl group the Spice Girls, Melanie C has co-written 11 UK number-one singles. Her new release joins a growing number of international chart-topping hit songs in recent years that have utilised the world-famous BO DIDDLEY beat. These include KT Tunstall's "Black Horse & The Cherry Tree", Will Young's "Switch It On" and the Scissor Sisters' "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'".
MelanieC.net official website: http://www.melaniec.net/
"I Want Candy" movie official website: http://www.iwantcandymovie.com/


Update: February 21, 2007
         BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band are set to play a number of prestigious festival and club dates across Australia, The Netherlands and England in the coming months. Details are available on the Forthcoming Appearances page of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html
         It is possible that further dates in Australia and Europe may be added in the near future and fans are therefore advised to check regularly with the Forthcoming Appearances page of the website.
         Fans in England may also be interested to know that the recently formed rhythm & blues band Emperor Stitt & The Ordinaires are preparing to play their debut gig tonight (Wednesday) at the Adelphi Club in the city of Hull, Yorkshire.
         Founder Peter Stitt describes the band as playing "rhythm & blues with boogie piano, Jamaican music, punk and plenty of BO DIDDLEY thrown into the melting pot!"
         A BO DIDDLEY tribute track titled "Rumblin' Guitars, Diddlin' Drums" has recently been written, recorded and mixed by the band for inclusion on their upcoming debut album, due later this year. The track is to bear BO DIDDLEY's co-songwriting credits, as the band's way of publicly expressing their gratitude to him and to acknowledge their use of his riffs.
         Doors open tonight at the Adelphi Club, 89 De Grey Street, Hull at 8.30pm. Tel. 01482 348216 for ticket info. Support artists include Eddy Twang, Clearview Maddox and Wood & Hart.
Emperor Stitt & The Ordinaires' website: http://www.myspace.com/hblue5
The Adelphi Club website: http://www.theadelphi.com/


Update: February 20, 2007
         Fans may be interested to know that BO DIDDLEY's good friend Ronnie Hawkins is the subject of a new British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 4 network program titled "Ronnie's Last Show". This half-hour tribute, which includes a recent interview with Ronnie along with extracts from one of his recent Canadian concerts, is scheduled to air next Tuesday (February 27th) between 1.30pm-2.00pm GMT/UTC, with an encore presentation the following Saturday (March 3rd) at 3.30pm-4.00pm GMT/UTC.
         One of the foremost interpreters of BO DIDDLEY's material, the Ontario-based musician launched his recording career in 1958 with a cover of the song "Hey Bo Diddley" and subsequently went on to record and perform countless versions of BO DIDDLEY's songs over the years, including "Bo Diddley", "Diddley Daddy", "Pretty Thing", "Say Boss Man" and "Who Do You Love".
         Listeners around the world will be able to listen on-line to this program streamed in RealMedia format by visiting the BBC Radio 4 webpage located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/ and clicking the "Listen Live" link or, for an additional 7 days after the program has aired, by clicking the "Listen Again" link.
         In other Canadian music news, in the liner notes for k-os' third album, "Atlantis: Hymns For Disco", released worldwide today (Tuesday) by Virgin Records, the acclaimed Toronto-based hip hop musician thanks what he calls "the pantheon": BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix and calls on his young fans to check out the albums of these music greats.
         k-os' music incorporates a wide variety of music genres including rap, funk, rock and reggae, with lyrics that frequently focus on promoting a positive message while at times expressing criticism of mainstream hip hop culture's obsession with money, fame and the glorification of violence.
         "Atlantis: Hymns For Disco" is nominated in the Pop Album of The Year category at the 2007 Juno Awards in April.
Ronnie Hawkins' official website: http://www.ronniehawkins.com/
k-os' official website: http://www.k-osmusic.com/


Update: February 6, 2007
         BO DIDDLEY is to ring the opening bell at the American Stock Exchange tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 9.30am EST. The American Stock Exchange is located at 86 Trinity Place, New York, NY.
         BO DIDDLEY will be performing live at BB King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42 St. in New York, tomorrow evening beginning at 8.00pm.



Update: January 28, 2007
         We note with regret the passing of former Chess Records producer and photographer Esmond Edwards, last Saturday (January 20th) in Santa Barbara, CA, aged 79.
         Born in Nassau in the Bahamas in 1927, Esmond immigrated to Harlem and pursued photography, with New York dancers and the jazz scene as his subjects. He combined his musical ear with his passion for the graphic arts in the form of album cover art. From a clerk at Prestige Records in 1957, he climbed to producer, headed the Verve label for MGM in 1967 and became Vice-President of A&R for Chess Records in 1970, one of the first African-American recording executives.
         At Chess, he worked with artists including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis and Koko Taylor, producing BO DIDDLEY's 1970s funk albums "The London Bo Diddley Sessions" and "Big Bad Bo" and photographing the iconic cover sleeve for 1964's "Two Great Guitars" album, featuring BO DIDDLEY's misshapen Gretsch and Chuck Berry's blond Gibson draped over a cherry red Porsche.
         Esmond will be remembered as an artistic innovator in album cover and urbanscape photography, a prolific producer, composer and arranger of jazz and blues, a trailblazer for African-American executives in the recording industry and a loving husband and father.
         A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 10th from 2.00pm-4.00pm at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA. Donations may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, by calling 1-800-757-CURE.


Update: January 24, 2007
         Fans living in the central California area may be interested to know that the Santa Barbara Blues Society (SBBS) member appreciation event on Saturday evening (January 27th), includes an auction featuring an Epiphone BB King "Lucille" guitar donated by the Gibson Foundation and signed by many blues luminaries, including BB King and BO DIDDLEY, Ruthie Foster, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dr. John, Jimmy McCracklin, Koko Taylor, Eddie Van Halen, Kim Wilson and Johnny Winter. The guitar has a list value of $1,200. All proceeds from the auction go to support the Society's Blues for Youth program.
         The event also includes a concert by country blues singer John Long. Please note that only SBBS members are allowed at the show and to bid in the auction. However, SBBS membership may be purchased at the door, ($20/year, $60/lifetime). The event takes place at 7.30pm at Warren Hall, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real at Las Positas in Santa Barbara, CA. Info: (805) 897-0060.
         The oldest blues society in the US, the SBBS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the African-American blues tradition. In recent years, the Society has launched an active Blues for Youth program to expand the knowledge and understanding of blues music in area schools.
         Founded in 2002, the Gibson Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health and welfare causes.
Santa Barbara Blues Society (SBBS) website: http://www.sbblues.org/ The Gibson Foundation website: http://www.gibson.com/AboutUs/Foundation/


Update: January 17, 2007
         January 17, 2007 - Episode 1 of "Hey! Bo Diddley", the major 3-part celebration and exploration of BO DIDDLEY's life and career, aired January 16, 2007 on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 network.
         This 30-minute program included discussions on the origins of his songs "Bo Diddley" and "I'm A Man" plus the enduring popularity of the BO DIDDLEY beat. Contributors were BO DIDDLEY, in a recently recorded interview, along with Billy Boy Arnold, Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Dave Davies (The Kinks), Wilco Johnson (Dr. Feelgood, Solid Senders etc), Phil May and Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things), Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann, The Blues Band, John Mayall etc) and Benny Speer of popular Detroit rock & roll band Benny & The Jets, who gave the following succinct quote: "Bo really built the building. He put the door on and everyone came in. Without Bo, the house wouldn't have been there to walk in. He really built the house of rock & roll..."
         Listeners around the world are able to listen on-line to this episode streamed in RealMedia format for an additional 7 days by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Documentaries webpage located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/documentaries/ and clicking the "Listen Again" link.
         Episode 2 of "Hey! Bo Diddley" airs next Tuesday (January 23rd) between 9.30pm-10.00pm (GMT/UTC). Hosted by Roger Daltrey of The Who, next week's program recalls BO DIDDLEY's upbringing, assesses his impact on 1960s British rock and pop acts and explores the West African sensibility in some of his music. In addition to BO DIDDLEY, Billy Boy Arnold and Jody Williams, contributors include Don Everly, Wilko Johnson and The Pretty Things.
         Next week's program will feature music by BO DIDDLEY, The Animals, The Kinks, The Pretty Things, Jimmy Reed, The Rolling Stones and pop singer Britney Spears, (the latter born in BO DIDDLEY's home town of McComb, MS).
         Episode 3 of "Hey! Bo Diddley" is scheduled to air on Tuesday January 30th from 9.30pm-10.00pm (GMT/UTC). The series is written and produced by Neil Rosser for Above The Title Productions Ltd.
         Listeners around the world will be able to listen on-line to this 3-part series streamed in RealMedia format by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Documentaries webpage located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/documentaries/ and clicking the "Listen Live" link or, for an additional 7 days after each of the 3 programs has aired, by clicking the "Listen Again" link.
BBC Radio 2 Documentaries webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/documentaries/
Above The Title Productions Ltd. website: http://www.abovethetitle.com/


Update: January 17, 2007
            The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England celebrated its 50th birthday in style January 16th by announcing that BO DIDDLEY is set to play the world-famous venue this summer. The Saturday June 9th appearance will be one of several high-profile "Legends" concerts to be staged at the club in coming months.
            The 13-hour VIP celebration at the Cavern featured more than 30 live rock & jazz bands, some paying tribute to The Beatles as well as some of the new bands who still play at the club.
            BO DIDDLEY last appeared at the Cavern Club in 2001, performing 2 ecstatically-received sold-out shows. It is possible that more European dates for this summer will be added and fans in Europe are therefore advised to check with the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forthcoming Appearances page located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html for any further details.
            The Official Cavern Club website's BO DIDDLEY profile:
http://www.cavern-liverpool.co.uk/cavernclub/profiles/bodiddley_profile.htm


Update: December 30, 2006
        Fans may be interested to know that Canadian deejay Al "Cool Daddy" Smith has a special on-line tribute to the great Chess Records bassist, singer, songwriter and record producer Willie Dixon currently available on the Internet radio station Rock-it Radio.
        The 80-minute special consists of classic tracks written by Willie Dixon and recorded by artists including BO DIDDLEY, Koko Taylor, Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf plus British rock bands Cream and Led Zeppelin.
        The program is available via RealPlayer on-line audio streaming for approx. the next 7-10 days by visiting the Rock-it Radio archives page located at http://www.palmsradio.com/rockittext.htm and clicking the text link for Rock-it Radio Show #1939 or, alternatively, directly at: http://www.palmsradio.com/ram/rockit1939.ram
        Rock-it Radio is a popular on-line radio station broadcasting music from the first era of rock & roll, the 1950s and early 1960s.
Rock-it Radio website: http://www.rockitradio.net/
BluesHeaven.com - Willie Dixon website: http://www.bluesheaven.com/


Update: December 28, 2006
        BO DIDDLEY's recent half-hour telephone conversation with Mister G, host of the "Green Arrow Radio" music program broadcast on the University of Connecticut's college and community radio station WHUS 91.7FM, is now available on-line as a podcast download for listeners around the world by visiting the program's "Bo Knows how he feels" webpage located at: http://www.greenarrowradio.com/2006/12/04/bo-diddleybo-knows-how-he-feels/
        In the wide-ranging conversation, BO DIDDLEY raps on various subjects close to his heart including the President, police brutality, drug taking, his concerns over the dirty lyrics in some rap music, how he is increasingly attracting a teenage audience plus the perils of cell phones and long-haired men!
Green Arrow Radio "Bo Knows how he feels" webpage: http://www.greenarrowradio.com/2006/12/04/bo-diddleybo-knows-how-he-feels/ Green Arrow Radio "Bo Knows how he feels" podcast download: http://www.greenarrowradio.com/wp-content/bodiddley.mp3
WHUS 91.7FM website: http://www.whus.org/


Update: December 19, 2006
        "The Bo Diddley Story" is the title of a major new 3-part series to be broadcast during January 2007 by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 network.
            Narrated by The Who's Roger Daltrey, "The Bo Diddley Story" features a new interview with BO DIDDLEY along with conversations with harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold, drummer and harmonica player Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and guitarist Jody Williams, plus Dave Davies (The Kinks), Ray Fenwick (Spencer Davis Group, Ian Gillan Band, Syndicats etc), Wilco Johnson (Dr. Feelgood, Solid Senders etc) and Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann, The Blues Band, John Mayall etc), among others.
            Episode 1 of "The Bo Diddley Story" is scheduled to air on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday January 16th from 9.30pm-10.00pm (GMT/UTC), Episode 2 on Tuesday January 23rd from 9.30pm-10.00pm (GMT/UTC) and Episode 3 on Tuesday January 30th from 9.30pm-10.00pm (GMT/UTC).
            Listeners around the world will be able to listen on-line to this 3-part series streamed in RealMedia format by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Documentaries webpage located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/documentaries/ and clicking the "Listen Live" link or, for an additional 7 days after each of the 3 programs has aired, by clicking the "Listen Again" link.


Update: December 18, 2006
        BO DIDDLEY's original girl guitar player LADY BO headlines a special New Year's Eve show on Sunday December 31st at the Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Avenue (on Lee Circle) in New Orleans, LA. Booking info is available by calling (504) 309-0653.
        2006 marked the 50th anniversary of the chance meeting outside New York's Apollo Theater between BO DIDDLEY and Peggy Jones aka LADY BO that was to eventually lead to the transformation of his sound from that of a fairly basic-sounding one-chord bluesman into that of a truly versatile musician, able to create music in any number of different styles.
        The 2 of them soon began to work closely together to develop his ideas for new material and new sounds, whilst at the same time LADY BO taught herself to play the guitar in BO DIDDLEY's unique tunings so that she could play in unison with him and thus add yet a further dimension to his already dynamic sound, both on-record and on-stage.
        As the world's first female rock group guitarist, LADY BO went on to play on such classic BO DIDDLEY recordings as "Say Man", "Story of Bo Diddley", "Road Runner", "Cadillac", "Ride On Josephine", "Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger", "Pills", "Bo's Bounce" and the underground instrumental classic "Aztec", which, although released in the spring of 1961 as a BO DIDDLEY single (Checker 976), features LADY BO playing overdubbed electric guitars.
        Thursday February 8th 2007 will mark the 50th anniversary of the recording of BO DIDDLEY's seventh single "Hey Bo Diddley"/"Mona" (Checker 860) at the Beltone Studio in New York, NY with LADY BO on vocals and electric guitar and Wednesday August 15th, the 50th anniversary of the recording of BO DIDDLEY's eighth single "Say Boss Man"/"Before You Accuse Me" (Checker 878) at the Chess Records Studio in Chicago, IL with LADY BO on electric guitar and vocals on "Say Boss Man".
Circle Bar website: http://members.cox.net/circlebarnola/home.html


Update: December 17, 2006
        Fans in Australia may be interested to know that BO DIDDLEY has now added a couple of club venues in Melbourne and Sydney to his previously announced performances at the East Coast and West Coast Blues & Roots Music Festivals next Easter. Further details are available by visiting the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forthcoming Appearances page at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html
        In other news down under, Universal Music, the world's largest music company, has signed an exclusive deal with the Australian telco gotalk limited to allow the Queensland-based company to download cellphone content from the world's largest music library.
        Universal Music Group (UMG) leads the music industry in global sales with an estimated worldwide market share in 2005 of 25.6%. UMG's music catalog represents some of the most influential and legendary recording artists of the century, including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters.
        The Universal Music Content Card is a prepaid card which allows the user to purchase content for their cellphone including truetone and polyphonic ringtones, videotones, wallpapers, videos and interviews. Customers can search from thousands of artists and choose content from a customer friendly website located at http://umusic.gotalk.com/ or via their handset.
        The Universal Music Content Card will launch throughout December via electronic vouchers available on-line. A collectable, limited edition series of physical cards will also be available in $10, $20 and $30 denominations, through 35,000 gotalk retail outlets including Coles, Australia Post, Kmart, Caltex, Harvey Norman, BP, Mobil, Dick Smith, Woolworths and many more.
Universal Music Group (UMG) website: http://umusic.com/
Universal Music Australia website: http://www.universalmusic.com.au/Home.aspx
gotalk limited website: http://www.gotalk.com.au/


Update: December 16, 2006
        BO DIDDLEY is the featured performer on Monday (December 18th) at the Hospital Audiences, Inc. (HAI) annual Holiday Show for 2,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers. Beginning at 1.15pm at Whitman Hall, Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road at Hillel in Brooklyn, also performing in Monday's show are local soulful doo wop-style R&B a cappella singing group NuMillennium plus the dance group Break! Tickets are available for qualified clients. Please contact Jill Featherstone at 212-575-7662 to make bookings.
        HAI is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1969 by the musician and lecturer Michael Jon Spencer to provide access to the arts to culturally isolated New Yorkers. HAI service recipients include people with mental and physical disabilities, mentally retarded/ developmentally disabled persons, bed-confined/ wheelchair-users, visually and hearing-impaired individuals, the homeless, the frail elderly, youth at risk, participants in substance abuse programs, persons with HIV/AIDS and individuals in correctional facilities. Since its inception, HAI has reached an audience totaling more than 11 million at more than 360,000 cultural events. HAI's work is made possible by city, state and federal agencies as well as foundation, corporate and individual support. The goals of HAI are to bring Hope And Inspiration by providing access to the arts: by bringing people isolated from the cultural mainstream to cultural institutions and other visual and performing arts experiences or by presenting the arts directly to them in the institutions and through the arts: to life-saving information and decision-making skills regarding critical public health issues, including HIV/AIDS, TB, violence prevention, and homelessness, for people in shelters, hospitals, mental health facilities, residences and housing programs for special populations (such as people living with HIV or AIDS), schools, drug treatment programs and other settings.
        Through HAI's Community Cabaret Concert Series, underserved New Yorkers from area hospitals, homeless shelters, nursing homes, senior centers and public schools in all 5 boroughs enjoy vibrant performances from high caliber artists representing the full spectrum of American music. The Concert Series is made possible by a consortium of private and public funders.
Hospital Audiences, Inc. (HAI) website: http://www.hospitalaudiences.org/


Update: December 14, 2006
        Fans may be interested to know that an hour-long interview with Marshall Chess, along with classic Chess Records tracks recorded by BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, were featured in yesterday's (Wednesday) "Sounds of Blue" 4-hour radio program hosted by Bob Putignano on New York's WFDU-FM 89.1.
        "Sounds of Blue" will be aired on-line twice daily beginning at 10.00am and 7.00pm (Eastern) for 7 days on Live365.com at the following location: http://www.live365.com/stations/bob8003
        In other radio news, BO DIDDLEY's biographer and Music Mentor Books publisher George R. White was the special guest of broadcaster Dr. Rock on his weekly 2-hour rock & roll radio show aired on British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio York this week.
        Listeners around the world can hear this program, which contains a number of BO DIDDLEY-related tracks and anecdotes, on-line until next Sunday (December 17th) by launching the Dr. Rock Show BBC Radio Player, located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/radio/aod/york_aod.shtml?york/dr_rock or by visiting the BBC Radio York website located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/northyorkshire/local_radio/ and then by clicking on the "Listen Again" facility and then on the "Dr. Rock" link on the BBC Radio Player.
        Finally, our grateful thanks to all the fans around the world who have already taken the time to sign the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Guestbook with their special birthday greetings and messages ahead of BO DIDDLEY's 78th birthday on Saturday December 30th.
        As we always do at this time of year, we have made special arrangements for BO DIDDLEY to view each and every one of your greetings. This is an opportunity for you to convey your appreciation and best wishes to one of the undisputed legends of rock & roll and a true original, on the occasion of his 78th birthday.
        To sign the Guestbook, or to view the other fans' messages, please visit the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Guestbook located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html - Thank you very much.
"Sounds of Blue" program website: http://www.SoundsofBlue.com/
WFDU-FM 89.1 website: http://wfdu.fm/
BBC Radio York website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/northyorkshire/local_radio/
Music Mentor Books website: http://musicmentor0.tripod.com/


Update: December 6, 2006
        BO DIDDLEY will join forces with Chuck Berry, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Booker T & The MGs and Mary Wilson on the evening of Thursday February 1st, for what is billed as an historic once in a lifetime show.
        "The Legends of Rock 'n Roll" concert, to be staged on the opening night of the 4-day World Shoe Association (WSA) Show, will be a spectacular private party for the footwear industry, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
        Admittance to the concert will be strictly by Opening Night at WSA ticket only and children under the age of 16 will not be admitted. Further details are available by visiting the WSA Show events webpage located at http://www.wsashow.com/feb2007/events.asp
        The WSA Show is the largest and most comprehensive footwear and related accessories show in the world. Its twice-yearly show in Las Vegas pulls in more than 36,000 participants and nearly 1,600 exhibitors who represent the cream of the multi-billion dollar global footwear manufacturing industry.
WSA Show website: http://www.wsashow.com/


Update: November 26, 2006
            In recent weeks, yet more bands and artists have joined the growing ranks of those who have released tributes in song to BO DIDDLEY: the popular California-based blues/roots band Them Junko King Hats ("Rhythm Gladiator - Tribute to Bo Diddley"), San Francisco-based punk/country/gospel/rockabilly quartet the Suicide Doors ("Hey Mr. Diddley"), the prolific Pittsburgh-based experimental artist Mike Macharyas ("Bo Diddley") and the Long Island teacher, writer and children's songwriter Richard Younger ("Thank Bo Diddley").
            His fans can now "Thank Bo Diddley" too, as one of the founding fathers of rock & roll celebrates his 78th birthday on Saturday December 30th and we are encouraging all his many admirers around the world to sign the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Guestbook with your special birthday greetings and messages.
            As we always do at this time of year, we are making special arrangements for BO DIDDLEY to view each and every one of your greetings. This is an opportunity for you to convey your appreciation and best wishes to one of the undisputed legends of rock & roll and a true original, on the occasion of his 78th birthday.
            Please sign the Guestbook, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and show your support for The Originator - BO DIDDLEY. Thank you very much.


Update: November 25, 2006
            Fans may be interested to know that Marshall Chess, of the Chess family who founded the Chicago blues record label Chess Records, hosts a new weekly blues music program exclusively on SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
            "The Chess Records Hour" will air each Sunday at 12 pm ET, with a repeat broadcast on Tuesday at 5 pm ET, on commercial-free channel 74, SIRIUS Blues.
            "The Chess Records Hour" will feature classic Chess recordings and insider stories from the heyday of the Chicago blues scene and music industry veteran Marshall Chess will share his key knowledge of the music that played an important role in rock and roll history. Listeners can expect to hear classic Chess Records tracks by such artists as BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.
            In an interview with SIRIUS, when asked what are 5 essential Chess albums, Marshall Chess responded: "Best of albums by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Chuck Berry and BO DIDDLEY... all classics".
            Operating from its corporate headquarters in New York City's Rockefeller Center, SIRIUS broadcasts over 130 digital-quality channels, including 69 channels of 100% commercial-free music, plus exclusive channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather and data.
            This unique listening experience is available to subscribers from coast-to-coast in the United States. The service can be used in cars, trucks, RVs, homes, offices, stores and even outdoors. SIRIUS provides premium quality programming delivered by three dedicated satellites orbiting directly over the United States.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio Blues webpage (inc. Marshall Chess interview):
http://www.sirius.com/SiriusBlues/


Update: November 24, 2006
            Fans in Australia may be interested to know that BO DIDDLEY is to be one of the headliners at a couple of Australian blues and roots music festivals in 2007.
            The 4th annual West Coast Blues & Roots Festival is staged the weekend of March 31st/April 1st 2007 at Fremantle Esplanade, Fremantle in Western Australia. BO DIDDLEY is scheduled to perform on Sunday April 1st. Tickets for the festival, which will feature more than 50 international, national and local acts, go on sale to the public on Friday December 8th, with early bird tickets available on-line from Monday December 4th at the Sunset Events' Festival website, located at http://www.sunsetevents.com.au/
            The 18th annual Bluesfest East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival will be held over 5 days next Easter at Red Devil Park, Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia. BO DIDDLEY is scheduled to appear for 2 performances, on Saturday April 7th and Easter Sunday April 8th. Australia's premier alternative festival, the event regularly attracts about 70,000 people each year.
            It is possible that further Australian dates for 2007 may be announced and fans are advised to check periodically with the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forthcoming Appearances page at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html for further details.
2007 West Coast Blues & Roots Festival website: http://www.sunsetevents.com.au/
2007 Bluesfest East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival website: http://www.bluesfest.com.au/


Update: November 23, 2006
            A BO DIDDLEY custom-built guitar is one of the exhibits at a major new rock & roll guitar exhibition "RockChic: The Life & Times of the Electric Guitar 1931-2006", which opens to the public tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday January 21st 2007 at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, at Collins Barracks in Dublin, Ireland. Admission is free.
            Billed as possibly the world's biggest electric guitar exhibition, it features more than 100 legendary, vintage, rare and customized guitars including instruments played by Bryan Adams, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Rory Gallagher, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi, Phil Lynott, Van Morrison, Keith Richards and Carlos Santana. The event also focuses on the evolution of the electric guitar and its influence on society since its invention. It is a multi-media event, showcasing the guitars and artists who have helped shape contemporary pop culture.
            The exhibition is due to move to Harrods, the world's most famous department store, in Knightsbridge, London, England from the end of January, where all the guitars will be auctioned off for charity.
            The RockChic exhibition will be officially opened in Dublin today (Thursday) at 6.00pm GMT/UTC by Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE) Radio 1 DJ Dave Fanning, prior to broadcasting his "Drivetime With Dave" radio show live from the event's opening party between 7.00pm-8.00pm. Listeners around the world can listen on-line to this broadcast by visiting the RTE Radio 1 "Drivetime With Dave" webpage located at http://www.rte.ie/radio1/drivetimewithdave/ and clicking the "Listen Live" link.
RTE Radio 1 "Drivetime With Dave" webpage: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/drivetimewithdave/
National Museum of Ireland website: http://www.museum.ie/
Harrods.com website: http://www.harrods.com/


Update: November 22, 2006
            Mississippi's Pike County Chamber of Commerce has announced that BO DIDDLEY is to receive the Governor's Award of Excellence in the Arts.
            Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour will present the Award to BO DIDDLEY for his outstanding musical legacy during a special 2-day celebration to be held in the State capital of Jackson on Thursday & Friday February 15th/16th 2007.
            A native of McComb in Pike County, the Chamber of Commerce led the recent nomination effort, joined by the City of McComb, the Pike County Arts Council, the Pike County Board of Supervisors and the Pike County Economic Development District.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour website: http://www.governorbarbour.com/
Pike County, MS Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.pikeinfo.com/
City of McComb, MS official website: http://www.mccomb-ms.com/


Update: November 13, 2006
            BO DIDDLEY is one of a number of notable Mississippians featuring in a new "Mississippi, Believe It!" public service campaign designed to inform and educate the citizens of Mississippi, as well as interested parties across the US, about the wonderful people, aspects and facts associated with the State.
            The campaign's "No Black. No White. Just The Blues" ad/poster featuring BO DIDDLEY and other notable MS blues musicians, can be viewed on-line at http://www.mississippibelieveit.com/ads/print_blues.html
            Designed by The Cirlot Agency, Inc., a Jackson, MS-based full-service corporate communications firm providing strategic branding, marketing, public relations and advertising solutions on a regional, national and international basis, the campaign includes eleven public service announcements created to run in both newspapers and magazines, as well as 22,000 posters that have been distributed to every public and private K-12 school and every college and university in the State of MS.
            Within the State, the announcements will be sent to select newspapers, magazines and trade publications, along with the Associated Press and other wire services. TV stations, Mississippi Public Broadcasting and college publications will also receive the campaign.
            Outside the State of MS, the announcements will be sent to the nation's 100 top daily newspapers, top consumer websites and the top news, travel, business and economic magazines. They will also be sent to national talk shows and broadcast news outlets with MS ties and additional posters made available to national events with MS ties.
            It is also hoped to add broadcast elements to the "Mississippi, Believe It!" campaign in coming months, including both TV and radio public service announcements.
            In related news, BO DIDDLEY is one of the MS celebrities profiled in a new illustrated book titled "Proud To Call Mississippi Home - Mississippi in Words and Pictures" published by Image Publishing, Inc. With an introductory essay by actor Morgan Freeman, the book provides compelling stories of Mississippians who not only have brought great pride to their home State, they have in turn let the world know they are proud to call MS home.
"Mississippi, Believe It!" campaign website: http://www.mississippibelieveit.com/
The Cirlot Agency, Inc. website: http://www.cirlot.com/
Image Publishing, Inc. website: http://www.imagepublishinginc.com/


Update: November 9, 2006
            BO DIDDLEY is one of the headliners at the Oneida Casino's Rockin' 50s Fest III, a 5-day festival of rockabilly, rhythm & blues and doo wop to be staged at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay, WI from Wednesday May 16th thru Sunday May 20th inc. 2007.
            Other performers lined-up to appear include Sonny Burgess with Rosie Flores, Rocky Burnette, the Crickets, Frankie Ford, Charlie Gracie, Dale Hawkins, Wanda Jackson, Sleepy LaBeef, Linda Gail Lewis, Little Richard and Billy Lee Riley. The Festival will also feature clothing and music vendors, free dance lessons plus, back by popular demand, a car show featuring vintage hot rods.
            Billed as the planet's largest gathering of 1950s music stars, with more than 100 acts due to perform over the course of the event, tickets are $50 for a 5-day pass, (no single-day passes will be sold), and are now on sale at the Oneida Casino Concierge, through Oneida Casino Ticket Star locations, by phone at 1-800-895-0071 and on-line at http://www.ticketstaronline.com/
Oneida Casino Entertainment website: http://www.oneidabingoandcasino.net/
Rockabilly Hall of Fame's Oneida Rockin' 50s Fest III webpage: http://www.rockabillyhall.com/GB2007.html


Update: November 4, 2006
            Fans living in East Texas may be interested to know that an upcoming "Doodles, Dessert & More" fund-raiser for the East Texas Literacy Council (ETLC) will give the public the opportunity to bid on 66 doodles and autographed items donated by celebrities including BO DIDDLEY, actors Julie Andrews, Jim Carrey, Tim Conway, Johnny Depp, Kirk Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and John Travolta, comedian Jeff Foxworthy, golfer Arnold Palmer, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and supermodel Claudia Schiffer.
            Based at the Longview News-Journal newspaper, the ETLC is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to changing lives through literacy. Free programs for adults are offered in basic literacy instruction (reading, writing, math), English as a second language, family literacy and workplace literacy. It has around 70 volunteer tutors and has classrooms and stations scattered throughout Gregg County. This year, the Council has assisted more than 700 students ages 17 to 81 drawn from several East Texas counties.
            The auction will take place on Monday November 13th between 7.00pm-9.00pm at Cafe Barron's, 405 W. Loop 281 in Longview, TX. There will also be the opportunity to buy holiday decorations and gift baskets. Admission is free. Please call (903) 757-9302 for further details.
            ProLiteracy Worldwide - ProLiteracy America website: http://www.literacyvolunteers.org/proliteracy_america/


Update: October 31, 2006
            The UK's Independent Television (ITV) network has compiled a list of its 50 most wanted UK TV programs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, that either went out live and were not recorded, or whose master tapes have been wiped or mislaid, and is now appealing to the public and to amateur TV archivists to locate them. Lost are musical performances by artists including BO DIDDLEY, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and the Who.
            Dubbed "Raiders of the Lost Archive", this quest for UK TV's 50 Most Wanted includes several shows from the 1960s in which BO DIDDLEY made guest appearances:
            "Scene at 6.30" (Granada TV, 1963). A regional magazine program, over 100 shows were recorded but none are thought to have survived. BO DIDDLEY, Duchess and Jerome Green performed (or mimed) his then current UK single "Pretty Thing" on the show transmitted on Tuesday September 24th 1963.
            "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (ABC-TV, 1961-1966). 249 shows were made of this popular Saturday evening music series, but only 3 survive. BO DIDDLEY, Duchess and Jerome Green mimed to his then current UK single "Pretty Thing" on the show broadcast on Saturday September 28th 1963. Other guests on that episode of the show included Mike Berry, the Big 3, Sandra Browne, Freddy Cannon, John Leyton, Pete McClain & The Clan and the Tornados. Two years later, BO DIDDLEY and Duchess, along with drummer Clifton James, again appeared on the show and mimed to his then current UK single "Let The Kids Dance" on the show broadcast on Saturday October 2nd 1965. Other guests on that episode included Petula Clark, Alan David, Ken Dodd, the Fortunes, Jan Panter, Lance Percival and the Yardbirds.
            "Juke Box Jury" (BBC TV, 1959-1967). A popular Saturday evening record show in which guest panelists voted on whether new records would be a "Hit" or a "Miss". There are unconfirmed reports that BO DIDDLEY made a non-performing guest appearance on the edition broadcast on Saturday September 28th 1963 to promote his then current UK single "Pretty Thing". The record was a "Hit", entering the UK Top 50 singles chart 2 weeks later.
"Raiders of the Lost Archive" website: http://www.raidersofthelostarchive.co.uk/


Update: October 24, 2006
             A handmade guitar that BO DIDDLEY presented to the popular TV personality and businessman Dick Clark is one of over 900 rock & roll-related lots from Dick Clark's collection to be auctioned December 5th-6th by New York's Guernsey's auction house. The guitar has an estimated selling price of between $30,000 to $40,000.
             Affectionately known as America's oldest teenager, the Dick Clark memorabilia to be auctioned in December includes items from such popular TV shows as "American Bandstand", "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and "The $10,000 Pyramid" as well as scores of made-for-television movies and specials.
             BO DIDDLEY made numerous headline appearances on Dick Clark TV music specials over the years, including "Dick Clark Presents The Rock & Roll Years", "Dick Clark's Good Old Days" and several of the popular American Bandstand Anniversary Specials. In the 1960s, he headlined with artists including the Byrds, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy and Paul Revere & The Raiders on the "Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars" nationwide tours.
             Other items in the auction, to be held at New York's Frederick P Rose Hall at the Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, include the famous microphone that Dick Clark used each day on "American Bandstand", a bass guitar that Sir Paul McCartney played when he was a member of the Beatles, a white beaded glove worn by Michael Jackson, a bustier worn by Madonna, a guitar formerly owned by Bruce Springsteen and a harmonica played by Bob Dylan. Proceeds in part from the sale will go to benefit the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program, a Division of the TJ Martell Foundation, founded by the music industry to raise money for the treatment of leukemia, cancer and AIDS.
Dick Clark Productions, Inc. website: http://www.dickclarkproductions.com/
Guernsey's Auction House website: http://www.guernseys.com/
TJ Martell Foundation website: http://www.tjmartellfoundation.org/


Update: October 9, 2006
             An interview with BO DIDDLEY is included in a new documentary TV special titled "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street", currently in post-production. Written and directed by independent TV writer/producer/director Phil Ranstrom and narrated by actor Joe Mantegna, the movie pays tribute to Chicago's world-famous Maxwell Street open-air market, from its beginnings in the late 19th century to its turbulent end in the mid-1990s when the property was sold to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to expand their South Campus.
             For more than a century, Maxwell Street was a port of entry into Chicago for immigrants arriving from Europe, Latin America and the Southern States. Operating in the style of the European street markets, in the 1930s and 1940s the area became famous for its blues music and street musicians and the electrified urban Chicago blues popularized by artists including BO DIDDLEY, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Muddy Waters that gradually evolved into rock & roll. In 1980, scenes from the Maxwell Street market area were featured in the popular "Blues Brothers" movie.
             "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street", a Big Shoulders Digital Video production in conjunction with the Chicago Historical Society, is due for release at the end of this year.
"Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street" movie official website: http://www.maxwellstreetdocumentary.com/
Save Maxwell Street - a plea from BO DIDDLEY, November 1997: http://www.openair.org/maxwell/pbo.html


Update: October 6, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY is one of the Gainesville-based talents who graces the cover of the special Performing Arts issue of "Gainesville Magazine", available from today (Friday) at various local outlets in the Gainesville, FL area.
             Transcripts of "Setting the stage" by Gainesville Magazine Editor Jacki Levine and of Jamison Webb's cover story "The Legend: BO DIDDLEY" are available on-line by visiting the "Gainesville Magazine" website at http://gainesvillemagazine.com/ or the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
"Gainesville Magazine" website: http://gainesvillemagazine.com/


Update: October 4, 2006
             The BO DIDDLEY & Friends concert on Sunday (October 8th) at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette, LA will honor the slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.
             The concert is one of many events taking place around the world to mark the fifth annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days festival. The event is intended to promote unity and tolerance through the universal language of music. Other events taking place October 6th thru 15th include performances by Sir Elton John, the world premiere of Steve Reich's "Daniel Variations" at the Barbican Centre in London, England and New York's Carnegie Hall plus musical performances worldwide in countries including Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, India, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden and Taiwan.
             The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of journalist Daniel Pearl to promote the ideals that inspired his life and work. The world came to know Daniel Pearl as The Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan. Since then, he has been remembered more for his humanity and love of life than his senseless death. The Foundation works domestically and internationally to promote cross-cultural understanding, to combat cultural and religious hatred, to encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to enrich people's lives through music.
             Sunday's special BO DIDDLEY & Friends event, featuring blues guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart and blues/gospel vocalist Ruthie Foster, is presented by the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Rd in Lafayette, LA beginning at 7.30pm. For ticket information, please call the Heymann Center Ticket Office at 337-291-5555.
Daniel Pearl Foundation website: http://www.danielpearl.org/
Daniel Pearl World Music Days website: http://www.music-days.org/
Heymann Performing Arts Center website: http://www.heymann-center.com/


Update: October 3, 2006
             We note with sadness and regret the passing of Prentiss Barnes, former bass singer with the vocal group the Moonglows, who died at the weekend in a traffic accident in south-west Mississippi, aged 81.
             As a member of the Moonglows, Prentiss memorably provided backing vocals on BO DIDDLEY's mid-1950s singles "Diddley Daddy" and "Diddy Wah Diddy".
             In common with BO DIDDLEY, Prentiss Barnes was a native of Pike County, MS and was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in the rhythm & blues category. Prentiss was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and was a founder member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer.
             Signed to Chess Records in the fall of 1954, the Moonglows enjoyed considerable international success with R&B classics such as "Sincerely", "See Saw" and "Ten Commandments of Love" and the group went on to become the most successful of the mid-1950s doo wop groups.
             We send our sincere condolences to Prentiss' family and friends at this sad time.
Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame website: http://www.msmusic.org/


Update: October 2, 2006
             Fans living in the region of South Texas may be interested to know that ahead of the "BO DIDDLEY & Friends" concert Friday evening (October 6th) at San Antonio's Carver Community Cultural Center, BO DIDDLEY, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Ruthie Foster will also be performing at the Carver's 16th annual Cavalcade of Stars gala fund-raiser.
             Starting at 6.00pm at the historic Sunset Station concert venue at 1174 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, the "Let The Good Times Roll" fund-raiser will also feature a silent auction and dinner. Tickets are priced at $125. Call (210) 207-7211 for further info.
             The Carver Community Cultural Center, located at 215 N. Hackberry, traces its roots to the segregated San Antonio of the 20th century. It makes its home in the building that was once known as the Colored Library Auditorium, later renamed the Carver Library Auditorium in honor of George Washington Carver. Long before the Carver Community Cultural Center opened in 1976, the auditorium hosted such nationally-known performers as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker and Paul Robeson.
             Today, the Carver Community Center continues the tradition of presenting talented artists to San Antonio audiences. The performance season at the Carver Community Cultural Center includes a Jazz Series, a Dance Series, a Music Series, a Family Series and an Intimate Series. In addition to emphasizing the performing arts, the Carver Community Cultural Center hosts art exhibitions, sponsors community outreach programs and offers arts education. The Carver School for Visual & Performing Arts offers classes for children and adults. Although the offerings of the Carver Community Center are multi-ethnic in nature, the chief focus is on African-American artists.
Carver Community Cultural Center website: http://www.thecarver.org/
Sunset Station website: http://www.sunset-station.com/


Update: September 27, 2006
             Fans may be interested to know that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 network is to air a new 3-part weekly series profiling the R&B, blues and jazz singer Etta James.
             "Blues To The Bone: The Life of Etta James" will be broadcast Fridays October 6th, 13th and 20th from 7.00pm-7.30pm BST (6.00pm-6.30pm GMT/UTC).
             Etta James and BO DIDDLEY toured together on many of the popular all-star rhythm & blues revues of the mid- to late-1950s and in 1960 became Chess Records labelmates, both recording for Chess until the mid-1970s.
             Listeners around the world can listen on-line to each of these 3 programs streamed in RealMedia format by visiting the BBC Radio 2 webpage located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/documentaries/ and clicking the "Listen Live" link or, for an additional 7 days after each of the shows has aired, by clicking the "Listen Again To This Show" link.
BBC Radio 2 Documentaries webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/documentaries/


Update: September 12, 2006
             A reminder that the popular About.com website guide to blues, zydeco and Americana music is currently conducting a poll to find the "Greatest Blues Song" from a shortlist of 10 of the most recognized blues songs of all-time. Included in the listing is BO DIDDLEY's classic "I'm A Man" (aka "Mannish Boy"). Other songs making the shortlist include Elmore James' "The Sky Is Crying", Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind", BB King's "The Thrill Is Gone" and the Muddy Waters' hits "I'm Ready", "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Got My Mojo Workin'".
             Originally written and recorded by BO DIDDLEY in March 1955 as "I'm A Man" and covered by Muddy Waters a couple of months later as "Mannish Boy", visitors to the About.com blues website are encouraged to listen to sound clips of both versions of the song and then to vote for their favorite song in the poll.
             "I'm A Man"/"Mannish Boy" has been performed and recorded countless times in the past 50 years by artists including the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Yardbirds, whose recording of "I'm A Man" was a US Top 20 pop hit for the group in the winter of 1965.
             "I'm A Man" is currently also featuring in the set lists for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' ongoing 30th anniversary tour, during a sequence in the show in which he introduces audiences to spirited covers of some of the songs that influenced him as a young musician in the 1960s.
About.com "Greatest Blues Song" poll:
http://blues.about.com/od/bluestoppicks/a/bestsongpoll.htm


Update: September 3, 2006
             A vintage clip of BO DIDDLEY and Johnny "Guitar" Watson performing the song "Bo Diddley" together on-stage is included as one of the extras on a new Johnny "Guitar" Watson DVD/CD 2-disc set titled "Live In Concert" (ABC Entertainment/Charly Films CHF-F1013LF), recently released in Europe. BO DIDDLEY and the late blues/funk/R&B musician Johnny "Guitar" Watson were briefly Chess Records labelmates in the mid-1960s and prior to his sudden passing in 1996, he made a special guest appearance on BO DIDDLEY's GRAMMY nominated album "A Man Amongst Men".

             Johnny "Guitar" Watson website: http://www.johnnyguitarwatson.net/


Update: August 21, 2006
             Hey BO DIDDLEY fans, An exhibition titled "The Hamburg Sound: Beatles, Beat and Grosse Freiheit" is currently being staged at the Museum of Hamburg History, Holstenwall 24 in Hamburg, Germany. It traces the history of Hamburg's rock & roll music scene in the 1960s and comprises film, photos, original musical instruments and other items of memorabilia from performers who appeared in the Hamburg music clubs during the 1960s, including BO DIDDLEY, the Beatles, Ray Charles, the Everly Brothers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, the Searchers and Gene Vincent.
             The exhibition runs until Sunday November 5th. In conjunction with the exhibit, an international guitar festival is to be staged in Hamburg during the weekend of October 21st & 22nd.
             In related news, a clip of BO DIDDLEY performing his classic song "Hey Bo Diddley" in the 1960s is included on a new DVD released in the UK titled "The Merseybeat Story - The Hamburg Years" (Mastersound DVD MB01). The 75-minute DVD pays tribute to the performers who appeared at the world-famous Star-Club in Hamburg during the 1960s.
Museum of Hamburg History website: http://www.hamburgmuseum.de/
Mastersound "Hamburg Years" DVD webpage: http://www.mastersound.co.uk/NewDVDS/hamburg-yrs.htm
Star-Club official website: http://www.center-of-beat.com/starclub/starclub.php


Update: August 11, 2006
             An exhibition of paintings by artist Chris Osborne of New Milford, CT, including her portrait of BO DIDDLEY, is now on display during business hours at the historic Beach Building at 30 Bridge St. in New Milford thru Monday August 28th.
             Ms. Osborne's portraits of stars from the Hollywood movies of the 1930s and 1940s, including Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn, and such luminaries of jazz and blues music as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith and Cassandra Wilson, are each painted with a car that has figured prominently in their lives or work.
             In 1988, her painting of BO DIDDLEY with his 1957 Chevrolet and custom-built "Mean Machine" electric guitar, was the pivotal work that started Ms. Osborne on creating these portraits of American icons and their cars. Since then, her art has been shown in galleries throughout the North-East.
             Ms. Osborne's painting, titled "BO DIDDLEY with a 1957 Chevy", can also now be viewed on-line by visiting her website's gallery page located at http://www.chrisoart.com/detail.asp?work=11
Chris Osborne Art website: http://www.chrisoart.com/

Update: August 7, 2006
             The August 2006 issue of the German language music magazine "Gitarre & Bass" features an article about BO DIDDLEY, his career and his unique contribution to music. In the article, titled "BO DIDDLEY: Mr. Bomp Ba-Bomp-Bomp Bomp-Bomp", the author asserts that BO DIDDLEY be considered the world's first rock star. Also included in the magazine is a cover article about the new Gretsch G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird Guitar.

BO DIDDLEY and Billy F Gibbons, guitarist with the popular rock band ZZ Top, recently joined forces and teamed with Gretsch Guitars to create a 21st Century version of the elusive 1959 BO DIDDLEY-designed Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird that they have dubbed the "Billy-Bo" Guitar. Built to BO DIDDLEY and Billy F Gibbons' own specifications and the result of a "science project gone wrong", this black with a Firebird Red top semi-hollow body electric guitar is now available in stores.

"Gitarre & Bass" magazine website: http://www1.gitarrebass.de/magazine/index.htm
Gretsch Guitars website: http://www.gretschguitars.com/



Update: July 13, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Leavell, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, John Sebastian and Bob Weir are amongst the musicians slated to appear in a feature length documentary tribute to the late piano player Johnnie Johnson, that is currently in production.
             Titled "Johnnie Be Good" and directed, produced and written by Art Holliday, the movie has a projected completion date of July 2007.
             Rock & roll piano legend Johnnie Johnson died of natural causes at his home outside of St. Louis, MO in April 2005. He was 80 years old.
             Johnnie began his career in 1952, when he hired the then-unknown guitarist Chuck Berry to join his St. Louis-based band. Chuck Berry eventually became the frontman of the group and the two collaborated on some of rock & roll's seminal recordings, including "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "Sweet Little Sixteen".
             Johnnie stepped into the spotlight later in life, releasing his first solo album in 1989. His star continued to grow, especially among his fellow musicians, who lined up to work with the icon. In the last decade, Johhnie performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Kentucky Headhunters, NRBQ, Keith Richards, Styx, Susan Tedeschi and Bob Weir.
             In honor of his contributions to the genre, Johnnie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 by his friend and supporter, Keith Richards. He continued to perform and headline at concerts and clubs around the world until just before his death. One of his last performances was with BO DIDDLEY in February 2005.
             "It was so much fun to play with Johnnie", BO DIDDLEY said at the time of Johnnie's passing. "The world has lost a great man and a great musician. He will be missed but his music will live on".
             A 5-minute trailer for the movie can currently be viewed by visiting the "Johnnie Be Good" movie website.

             "Johnnie Be Good" movie website: http://www.johnniebegood.net/
Johnnie Johnson Official Website: http://www.johnnie.com/


Update: July 11, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY joined members of the World Cup winning Italian soccer team as special guests of the Rolling Stones, as the band began the European leg of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour in front of 77,000 Italian fans at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy last night (Tuesday).
             BO DIDDLEY is currently in Europe to play a number of music festivals, theaters and club dates, beginning tomorrow evening (Thursday) at the Jazz Sommer Graz Festival in Austria, followed by appearances in England, Germany, Netherlands and Spain. Further details are available on the Forthcoming Appearances page of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html
Rollingstones.com: http://www.rollingstones.com/
Jazz Sommer Graz website: http://www.jazzsommergraz.at/


Update: July 2, 2006
             A review of BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band's upcoming July 13th concert at the prestigious Jazz Sommer Graz Festival in the City of Graz in south-east Austria, is set to be included in an article about BO DIDDLEY due to be published in the September 2006 edition (Issue #109) of "American Music Magazine".
             The quarterly fanzine, which is devoted exclusively to news, features and reviews about 1950s rock & roll, rockabilly and country music, is published by the Swedish Rock & Roll Club in Varberg, Sweden in both Swedish and English. Subscription rates and other info are available by visiting the "American Music Magazine" website.
"American Music Magazine" website: http://www.americanmusicmagazine.com/
Jazz Sommer Graz Festival website: http://www.jazzsommergraz.at/


Update: June 29, 2006
             A new one-hour radio special titled "Chuck Berry: Hail, Hail The King of Rock 'n' Roll" will air between 10.00am-11.00am (Eastern) next Wednesday (July 5th) on Bob Putignano's popular "Sounds of Blue" radio program on WFDU-FM 89.1 in the New York tri-state metro area. It will also be available to listeners around the world via a live stream at the WFDU-FM website located at http://wfdu.fm/ and for an additional 7 days after the show has aired at the Live365.com website located at http://www.live365.com/stations/bob8003
             Hosted by director Taylor Hackford, this radio special has been produced by Tres Hombres Productions in conjunction with the DVD home video release this week of the documentary "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll", the celebrated 1987 feature film that captured the musical event commemorating the 60th birthday of Chuck Berry. "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant filmed musical events of the past few decades. BO DIDDLEY appears in the movie in several sequences with Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
             The radio program includes live music, rehearsal sessions and insider interviews compiled from both the original film and the bonus materials unearthed for the multi-disc DVD reissues. Distributor Image Entertainment's standard two-disc "Special Edition" and four-disc "Ultimate Edition" boxed set of the movie feature a wide array of bonus content, including over seven hours of never-before-seen footage, extended interviews with many of the original founders of rock & roll, documentaries and more. The 4-disc box set is bolstered with "Witness To History", an hour-plus round table with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and BO DIDDLEY discussing their shared experiences for the first time.
             DVDs of the movie will also be given away during next Wednesday's live broadcast over WFDU-FM.
Sounds of Blue website: http://www.soundsofblue.com/


Update: June 28, 2006
             The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 show "Rockin' With Suzi Q", which features a blend of the best American music from the rock & roll era of the 1950s and early 1960s, will on Thursday July 6th between 9.00pm-10.00pm BST (8.00pm-9.00pm GMT/UTC) recall the release 50 years ago next month of BO DIDDLEY's fifth single "Who Do You Love"/"I'm Bad" (Checker 842). The show's "Golden Anniversary" feature celebrates the 50th anniversary each week of a key moment in rock & roll history.
             Listeners around the world can listen on-line to the show streamed as RealMedia either by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Suzi Quatro Home Page located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/quatro and clicking the "Listen Live" link or for an additional 7 days after the show has aired by clicking the "Listen Again To This Show" link.
             One of BO DIDDLEY's most potent and enduring compositions, "Who Do You Love" has since been recorded and performed countless times by artists including Cheap Trick, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dion, Doors, Downliners Sect, Foghat, Gov't Mule, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Hawkins, Jesus & The Mary Chain, Steve Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Carlos Santana, Bob Seger, Smashing Pumpkins, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Stooges, George Thorogood, Johnny Thunders and the Yardbirds.
             In April 2005, the release of BO DIDDLEY's debut single "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" (Checker 814) and in November 2005, his third single "Pretty Thing"/"Bring It To Jerome" (Checker 827), were both previously the subject of the "Rockin' With Suzi Q" show's "Golden Anniversary" feature. Suzi Quatro Home Page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/quatro


Update: June 26, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY's original girl guitar player LADY BO will be performing at this weekend's 21st annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival, being staged today thru Sunday (June 23rd-25th inc.) at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, CA.
             LADY BO is scheduled to perform on the Garden Stage on Sunday afternoon commencing at 1.25pm.
             Ticket packages for the 3-day Festival start at $110 for all shows, including grounds stages and booths; grounds stages shows at $85 for all 3 days; $25 for Friday and $35 each for Saturday and Sunday. For further information, please call 394-2652 or visit the Festival website.
             This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the historic chance meeting outside New York's Apollo Theater between BO DIDDLEY and LADY BO. As the world's first female rock group guitarist, she went on to appear on such popular and influential recordings as "Hey Bo Diddley", "Mona", "Say Boss Man", "Say Man", "Story of Bo Diddley", "Road Runner", "Cadillac", "Ride On Josephine", "Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger", "Pills", "Bo's Bounce" and the underground instrumental classic "Aztec".
Monterey Bay Blues Festival website: http://www.montereyblues.com/


Update: June 9, 2006
             Fans living in the Greater Grand Forks area of North Dakota and Minnesota may be interested to know that the Grand Forks Police and Grand Forks County Sheriff's Departments are holding a benefit auction tonite (Friday) beginning at 7.00pm to raise funds for colleagues whose lives have been stricken by cancer.
             Amongst the more than 200 items to be auctioned is a Fender electric guitar autographed by a number of top performers including BO DIDDLEY and the Everly Brothers.
             The auction takes place in the East Grand Forks Eagles Club, 227 10th St. NW East Grand Forks, MN. A free spaghetti dinner will be served beforehand at 5.30pm and a dance will follow the auction. The auction is open to the public. Cash, checks and credit cards will all be gratefully accepted.
Grand Forks Police Department website: http://www.grandforksgov.com/policedept
Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department website: http://www.grandforkscounty.net/sheriff/index.htm


Update: June 8, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY's guest appearance on the track titled "Seventeen" on the New York Dolls' new album "One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This" will only be available as a limited edition bonus track on the first pressings of the CD. These initial releases will also include a special bonus 45-minute documentary DVD about the making of the album, which is due for release on Roadrunner Records on Tuesday July 25th. The 14 original tracks which make up the album were recorded last summer.
             The influential group included their version of the BO DIDDLEY song "Pills" on their 1973 debut album and it has since remained a staple of their live shows. Citing him as their hero, BO DIDDLEY and the re-formed New York Dolls appeared on-stage at the celebrated Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival held at Randall's Island, NY in the summer of 2004.
Roadrunner Records website: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/


Update: June 2, 2006
             Coffee merchant Starbucks enters the home video business on Tuesday June 27th with an exclusive DVD version of the documentary "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll", the celebrated 1987 feature film that captured the musical event commemorating the 60th birthday of Chuck Berry.
             "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant filmed musical events of the past few decades. BO DIDDLEY appears in the movie in several sequences with Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
             The Starbucks DVD comprises a single-disc that includes 40 minutes of bonus footage selected and edited by director Taylor Hackford, as well as an exclusive 14-track CD of Chuck Berry's hits. The package will sell for $19.95 at more than 5,200 Starbucks locations across the US. Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of speciality coffee in the world.
             The DVD is released on the same day that distributor Image Entertainment's standard two-disc "Special Edition" and four-disc "Ultimate Edition" boxed set of the movie go on sale in conventional retail outlets, featuring a wide array of bonus content, including over seven hours of never-before-seen footage, extended interviews with many of the original founders of rock & roll, documentaries and more. The 4-disc box set is bolstered with "Witness To History", an hour-plus round table with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and BO DIDDLEY discussing their shared experiences for the first time.
Starbucks.com website: http://www.starbucks.com/
Image Entertainment, Inc. website: http://www.image-entertainment.com/


Update: May 20, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY & the Debby Hastings Band have added further dates to their schedule in Western Europe this summer.
             During the month of July, they are currently scheduled to play a series of music festivals, theater and club dates in Austria, England, Finland, Germany and Spain.
             Further details of these dates, and the rest of BO DIDDLEY's busy 2006 touring schedule, are available on the Forthcoming Appearances page of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html
             Our thanks go to our good friend Wolfgang Guhl in Germany, Webmaster of the Chuck Berry - Mr. Rock 'n' Roll website, for creating a webpage on his site giving venue and ticketing information for BO DIDDLEY's forthcoming July 14th appearance in Munich, located at http://www.chuckberry.de/bdmunich.htm


Update: May 18, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY, blues guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart and blues/gospel vocalist Ruthie Foster are to embark on a 37-date coast to coast "BO DIDDLEY & Friends" tour this fall.
             Beginning in California on September 22nd and concluding in Florida on November 12th, the tour will play to theaters and concert halls in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
             Further details are available on the Forthcoming Appearances page of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html
Alvin Youngblood Hart official website: http://www.mojomusic.com/alvin/index.htm
Ruthie Foster official website: http://www.ruthiefoster.com/


Update: May 14, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY is to kick off a new American Heritage tribute series to the rich world of American roots music. The concert will be staged at the Mondavi Center for the Arts' Jackson Hall on the campus of the University of California, Davis on Friday September 22nd, beginning at 8.00pm.
             The Mondavi Center at UC Davis has established itself as one of the leading presenters of world music and its 2006-07 season begins with a focus on blues music. Billed as an evening with BO DIDDLEY & Friends, the concert will also feature blues/gospel vocalist Ruthie Foster and blues guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart and is the Center's official season opener.
For more information, call (530) 754-2787.
Mondavi Center for the Arts website: http://www.mondaviarts.org/


Update: April 30, 2006
             The City of Gainesville in North Central Florida will be celebrating Black Music Month this June with a free concert headlined by BO DIDDLEY and R&B/funk outfit Munkeez Strikin Matchiz.
             Beginning at 8.00pm on the evening of Saturday June 17th, the show is being staged as part of the City of Gainesville Division of Cultural Affairs "Let's Go Downtown" Plaza Series of live music, theater and dance performances at the Community Plaza located on the corner of SE 1st and E University Ave in historic downtown Gainesville. For more info, call 334-ARTS.
             Munkeez Strikin Matchiz' acclaimed debut CD "BananAtomic Mass", which features guest appearances from BO DIDDLEY, Chuck D of the hip hop group Public Enemy and Bernie Worrell of WOO Warriors/P-Funk/Talking Heads fame, is now available for digital downloading, as a full-length CD or as individual tracks, from a number of on-line music services including eMusic, Napster and Rhapsody. "BananAtomic Mass" is also available to purchase from the CD Baby on-line record store as well as locally in the Gainesville area at Hyde & Zeke Records, No Future Records and CD Warehouse.
City of Gainesville Division of Cultural Affairs website: http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org/
Munkeez Strikin Matchiz official website: http://munkeezstrikinmatchiz.com/
CD Baby "BananAtomic Mass" webpage: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/munkeezsm
eMusic "BananAtomic Mass" webpage: http://www.emusic.com/label/118/118773.html
Rhapsody "BananAtomic Mass" webpage: http://www.rhapsody.com/munkeezstrikinmatchiz/bananatomicmass
Napster website: http://www.napster.com/


Update: April 25, 2006
             TheMusiciansLounge.com website, a new on-line resource for musicians, entertainers and fans, designed to promote local live music in Calgary, AB, Canada and around the world, features an exclusive interview with BO DIDDLEY ahead of his show at the Back Alley nightclub in Calgary tonight (Tuesday).
             The transcript of this recent telephone interview with BO DIDDLEY is located at: http://www.themusicianslounge.com/phBB69/viewtopic.php?t=565 (registration required).
             A transcript of the interview, in which BO DIDDLEY shares his thoughts on various topics including drugs, rap music and the recent proclamation of "BO DIDDLEY Day" in North Central Florida, is also available in the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
TheMusiciansLounge.com website: http://www.themusicianslounge.com/
The Back Alley nightclub website: http://www.backalleycalgary.com/


Update: April 12, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY makes a special guest appearance on a track titled "Seventeen" on the New York Dolls' new album "One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This", due for release on Roadrunner Records on Tuesday July 25th. The 13 original tracks which make up the album were recorded last summer.
             The influential group included their version of the BO DIDDLEY song "Pills" on their 1973 debut album and it has since remained a staple of their live shows. Citing him as their hero, BO DIDDLEY and the re-formed New York Dolls appeared on-stage at the celebrated Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival held at Randall's Island, NY in the summer of 2004.
Roadrunner Records website: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/


Update: April 11, 2006
             Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, has secured the DVD rights to Taylor Hackford's movie "Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll", the celebrated 1987 feature film that captured the musical event commemorating the 60th birthday of Chuck Berry. BO DIDDLEY appears in the movie in several sequences with Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
             Image Entertainment plan to release the DVD on Tuesday June 27th as both a 2-disc "Special Edition" and as a 4-disc "Ultimate Edition" boxed set, featuring a wide array of bonus content, including over seven hours of never-before-seen footage, extended interviews with many of the original founders of rock & roll, documentaries and more. The 4-disc box set is to be bolstered with "Witness To History", an hour-plus round table with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and BO DIDDLEY discussing their shared experiences for the first time.
             "Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll" is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant filmed musical events of the past few decades.
Image Entertainment, Inc. website: http://www.image-entertainment.com/


Update: April 5, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band are to perform at the inaugural Ruth Brown Blues Festival, being held at 8.00pm on the evening of Saturday May 13th at the nTelos Pavilion, Harbor Center, Olde Towne in Portsmouth, VA.
             Presented as part of Festival Portsmouth and the 10th annual Virginia Arts Festival, this special homecoming tribute evening to Portsmouth native Ruth Brown will also feature performances from Shemekia Copeland and Clarence "Frogman" Henry.
             With pop hits such as "Lucky Lips" in 1957 and "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'" in 1958, Ruth Brown was Atlantic Records' top selling artist of the 1950s.
Ruth Brown Official Website: http://www.missrhythm.com/
Virginia Arts Festival website: http://www.virginiaartsfest.com/jazz-blues.html
nTelos Pavilion website: http://www.pavilionconcerts.com/


Update: April 4, 2006
             The popular About.com website guide to blues, zydeco and Americana music has begun a poll to find the "Greatest Blues Song" from a shortlist of 10 of the most recognized blues songs of all-time. Included in the listing is BO DIDDLEY's classic "I'm A Man" (aka "Mannish Boy"). Other songs making the shortlist include Elmore James' "The Sky Is Crying", Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind", BB King's "The Thrill Is Gone" and the Muddy Waters hits "I'm Ready", "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Got My Mojo Workin'".
             Originally written and recorded by BO DIDDLEY in March 1955 as "I'm A Man" and then later reworked by Muddy Waters in May of 1955 as "Mannish Boy", visitors to the About.com blues website are being encouraged to listen to sound clips of both versions of the song and then to vote for their favorite song in the poll.
             "I'm A Man"/"Mannish Boy" has been performed and recorded countless times in the past 50 years by artists including the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Yardbirds, whose recording of "I'm A Man" was a US Top 20 pop hit for the group in the winter of 1965.
About.com "Greatest Blues Song" poll: http://blues.about.com/od/bluestoppicks/a/bestsongpoll.htm


Update: April 2, 2006
             Movie actor and musician Steven Seagal and his band Thunderbox' new blues CD "Mojo Priest" is released on his Nonsolo Blues label, distributed by EMI France, in Europe tomorrow (Monday), with a scheduled US release due in May.
             The album, which was recorded at the House of Blues and Sounds Unreel Studios in Memphis, TN last fall, includes tracks recorded with an all-star line-up of musicians including BO DIDDLEY, Ruth Brown, James Cotton, Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Louisiana Red, Bob Margolin, Hubert Sumlin and Koko Taylor. The US release next month is scheduled to include a bonus DVD filmed at the recording sessions for the album.
             BO DIDDLEY features on the album singing and playing guitar on his new song titled "Shake". Amongst the 13 tracks that make up the album are 3 reworkings of blues standards: Howlin' Wolf's "Little Red Rooster", Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Elmore James' "Dust My Broom".
             Steven Seagal's movie credits include "Above The Law", "Under Siege", "Executive Decision" and "Exit Wounds".
Steven Seagal Official Website: http://www.stevenseagal.com/
Steven Seagal Official Music Website: http://www.stevenseagal.info/index_uk.html


Update: March 28, 2006
             Fans may be interested to know that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 network is to broadcast a special 2-part tribute to Howlin' Wolf, part one to air next Tuesday (April 4th) between 9.30pm-10.00pm BST (8.30pm-9.00pm GMT/UTC) with part two the following Tuesday (April 11th), also between 9.30pm-10.00pm BST (8.30pm-9.00pm GMT/UTC).
             This 2-part documentary relates the story of Howlin' Wolf and examines his enduring influence on rock music and is being broadcast to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. It include tributes from musicians and associates including Jeff Beck, Marshall Chess, Bonnie Raitt, Hubert Sumlin and Bill Wyman.
             In September 1967, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and BO DIDDLEY joined forces in the Chess Records studios to record the all-star blues super session album "The Super Super Blues Band" (Checker LP-3010), featuring spirited reworkings of a number of their classic songs including "Little Red Rooster", "Diddley Daddy", "Spoonful" and "Goin' Down Slow".
             In a Chess Records feature recently published in the UK's "Record Collector" magazine, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and BO DIDDLEY were described as "the Big Four of Chess who revolutionised popular music".
             Listeners around the world can hear this special 2-part Howlin' Wolf tribute program via RealAudio media format by visiting the BBC Radio 2 webpage located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/documentaries/index.shtml and clicking either the "Listen Live" or "Listen Again" icons to launch the BBC Radio Player. The 2 programs can be heard on-line for an additional 7 days after each show has aired.
BBC Radio 2 webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/documentaries/index.shtml
Howlin' Wolf Home Page: http://www.howlinwolf.com/


Update: March 21, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band will be one of the featured attractions at this year's prestigious Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN.
             The 3-day festival, which each year features more than 60 of the nation's top blues, rock, gospel, R&B, alternate and soul music acts, is being held in Tom Lee Park at Beale St. & Riverside Dr. in downtown Memphis, the weekend of Friday thru Sunday May 5th-7th inclusive. BO DIDDLEY takes to the stage on Saturday May 6th.
             Other artists appearing on this year's special bill, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the month-long Memphis In May International Festival, sponsors of the Beale Street Music Festival, include Bryan Adams, the Bar-Kays, James Brown, Chicago, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Bruce Hornsby, BB King, Huey Lewis & The News, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Hubert Sumlin, Booker T & The MGs and Johnny Winter.
             Tickets for the Festival are now on sale through Ticketmaster. No age restrictions; everyone must have a ticket.
             Memphis In May International Festival website: http://www.memphisinmay.org/
Ticketmaster website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/


Update: February 28, 2006
             Saturday (February 25th) was declared "BO DIDDLEY Day" in Alachua County, North Central Florida, during a Black History Month celebration at the Archer Church of God in Christ. He was cited for his many music accomplishments, including his role of bridging blues and rock & roll.
             Many of BO DIDDLEY's children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren were in attendance at the gospel-infused event and presented much of the afternoon's musical entertainment in honor and celebration of BO DIDDLEY's contributions to the Church and to the community of Alachua County. BO DIDDLEY has helped the Church over the years by giving items of musical equipment and other donations.
             During the celebration, BO DIDDLEY performed a new song titled "Get Out of My Face Satan" as well as a duet with his grandson Deacon Garry Mitchell aka Philosopher G on BO DIDDLEY's powerful anti-drugs, anti-gang rap "Kids Don't Do It". The event also included many local Christian music performers, including the Latin sounds of singer Dagna and the gospel mime artist the Boy of Silence, but the festivities on the day focused on BO DIDDLEY, with many of his family filling the Church to honor him. His offspring comprised all the members of the Church's youth choir and most of the members of its adult choir.
             Presenting a proclamation declaring it to be "BO DIDDLEY Day", Alachua County Commissioner Rodney Long paid tribute: "It goes to show... how deep the roots of Bo run. He does it from his heart and he doesn't expect pay".
Alachua County, Florida website: http://www.co.alachua.fl.us/


Update: February 19, 2006
             We were greatly saddened to learn of the death of former BO DIDDLEY band drummer Clifton James in Chicago, IL on Thursday morning (February 16th). He was aged 69.
             BO DIDDLEY's original drummer, Clifton began playing with the band in 1954 and continued throughout the 1950s and 1960s, playing on many of BO DIDDLEY's classic Chess recordings, including "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Diddley Daddy", "Pretty Thing", "Bring It To Jerome", "Diddy Wah Diddy", "Who Do You Love", "Cops & Robbers" and "Road Runner".
             He was the drummer for BO DIDDLEY's landmark November 1955 appearance on the Ed Sullivan CBS Television show, which is now widely hailed as the earliest example of rock music on TV and for which Clifton received an award in Chicago last month, recognizing him as a rock music- television pioneer. He also appeared in BO DIDDLEY's highly acclaimed live performance in the 1966 AIP movie "The Big TNT Show" and in DA Pennebaker's 1970 "Sweet Toronto" concert film.
             Throughout the 1960s, Clifton toured and recorded sessions with many of the Chess Records greats, including Willie Dixon, the Flamingos, Buddy Guy, the Moonglows, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf, before touring with his own blues band in the 1970s.
             In May 2002, Clifton was reunited on-stage with BO DIDDLEY and former band members Billy Boy Arnold and Jody Williams at that year's Chicago Blues Festival and in April last year he made another triumphant return to live performance at the New Orleans 2005 Ponderosa Stomp series of concerts, backing BO DIDDLEY's former guitarist LADY BO. He had been scheduled to perform once again with LADY BO, Billy Boy Arnold and Jody Williams at a BO DIDDLEY band reunion show at this year's upcoming Ponderosa Stomp event in May.
             As an integral part of BO DIDDLEY's bands in the 1950s and 1960s, Clifton James' pioneering drumming skills, utilising complex cross- rhythms, helped create the original BO DIDDLEY sound and thereby shaped the beat of rock & roll. We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time.


Update: February 15, 2006
             Fans living in the Denver-Aurora area of Colorado may be interested to know that a new exhibit titled "Rock & Roll: The Day They Came To Town" goes on display at the Aurora History Museum at 15001 East Alemeda Drive in Aurora, CO from next Tuesday (February 21st) thru to Sunday May 28th inclusive. Admission is free.
             The exhibit includes electric guitars previously owned by BO DIDDLEY and Chuck Berry, along with rock & roll concert posters, items of clothing and other memorabilia gathered from a number of sources, including the Experience Music Project in Seattle, WA and the Stax Museum in Memphis, TN.
             Call 303-739-6660 or visit the City of Aurora website for further details.
             City of Aurora website: http://www.auroragov.org/


Update: February 9, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY and the R&B/funk band Munkeez Strikin Matchiz will be headlining the 5-day Bronson Music Festival on Saturday February 18th, beginning at 7.00pm. The Festival, which features rock & roll, bluegrass, gospel, blues and country music, is being held from Wednesday February 15th thru Sunday 19th inclusive, at the Bronson Motor Speedway in Bronson, FL. Organised by the Bronson Chamber of Commerce, the Festival is a community event to benefit the local chapters of the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.
American Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org/
Habitat for Humanity website: http://www.habitat.org/
Bronson Motor Speedway website: http://www.bronsonmotorspeedway.com/
Munkeez Strikin Matchiz website: http://munkeezstrikinmatchiz.com/


Update: January 19, 2006
             The February 2006 issue of the popular UK monthly magazine "Record Collector" (Issue #320), which goes on sale today (Thursday, Jan. 19th), includes a feature on the history of Chess Records written by Kingsley Abbott plus an interview with Marshall Chess.
             "Record Collector" magazine is the world's leading publication for collectors of rare records and memorabilia. In the feature, along with Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, BO DIDDLEY is described as "one of the Big Four of Chess who revolutionised popular music".
             Metropolis Publishing's "Record Collector" website: http://www.metropolis.co.uk/recordcollector.html


Update: January 14, 2006
             BO DIDDLEY's long-time friend and tenor saxophone player Nick Savage was one of the headliners at a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert weekend (January 14th/15th) in north-central Florida.
             "Nasty" Nick Savage has recorded and performed on-stage with BO DIDDLEY for almost 20 years, appearing on his 1989 album "Breakin' Through The BS". He has also appeared on-stage many times with Bill Haley's Comets and opened for artists including Ray Charles and Willie Nelson.
The SuperSax Sounds of Nick Savage - Have Sax Will Travel:
http://www.nicksavage.com/pages/1/index.htm
"Waveland to Wasteland: The Mississippi Town That FEMA Forgot" website:
http://www.femaforgotwaveland.com/index.html


Update: January 8, 2006
             Fans living in Chicago, IL may be interested to know that former BO DIDDLEY band drummer Clifton James is scheduled to be be one of the honored panelists at a special event titled "TV A-Go-Go: Rock Music On Television" being held this Wednesday (January 11th) starting at 6.00pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E Randolph St. Admission is free. Hosted by Jake Austen, author of the recently published book "TV A-Go-Go: Rock on TV From American Bandstand to American Idol", the event celebrates the history of rock music on TV, with an emphasis on Chicago artists and programs, and will screen rare rock & roll-related TV clips, including BO DIDDLEY's historic November 1955 debut TV appearance on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of The Town" CBS-TV show, and feature talks with a number of Chicago rock music and TV pioneers.
             Clifton James played drums in the BO DIDDLEY band from 1954 and throughout the 1950s and 1960s and appears on the Ed Sullivan show video clip. He also recorded many classic tracks with BO DIDDLEY over the years, including "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Diddley Daddy", "Pretty Thing", "Bring It To Jerome", "Diddy Wah Diddy", "Who Do You Love" and "Road Runner".
             In the year 2000, BO DIDDLEY's appearance on the Ed Sullivan show was acclaimed as one of VH1's "100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments On TV".


Update: January 1, 2006
             Writing in an article in the "Hampton Roads Daily Press" newspaper in Hampton Roads, VA today (New Year's Day), its pop music/entertainment reporter Sam McDonald lists BO DIDDLEY's September 10th performance at the 2005 Hampton Bay Days concert as one of his 10 memorable music moments from last year. He writes:
             "This architect of rock & roll was feeling good when he stepped on the stage in downtown Hampton. Playing classics from the 1950s, joking with the crowd and entertaining with endearing freestyle raps, he showed flashes of the bohemian spirit that made him a legend. Not bad for a guy who remained seated through most of his set".
             BO DIDDLEY's dates for 2006 currently include shows in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Canada and Jamaica. Please check the Forthcoming Appearances page of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html for all the latest details.
"Hampton Roads Daily Press" website: http://www.dailypress.com/


Update: December 31, 2005
             BO DIDDLEY's original girl guitar player LADY BO is slated to perform at the 5th annual Ponderosa Stomp being held on Tuesday & Wednesday May 9th & 10th at the Gibson Factory in Memphis, TN. Other former members of the BO DIDDLEY band also slated to play are Billy Boy Arnold, Clifton James and Jody Williams.
             The annual New Orleans roots music romp, that draws crowds from all over the world, will find a temporary home in Memphis in 2006. Billed as "2 Nights of Insane Rock & Roll", the 2-day music festival, which celebrates the unsung heroes of the blues, soul, rockabilly, swamp pop and New Orleans R&B, will benefit New Orleans and Gulf Coast musicians rendered homeless and jobless by Hurricane Katrina.
             Tickets are $40 per night. Advance tickets will be available on-line at www.knights-maumau.com/tickets_merchandise.php from Friday January 20th and will also be available at the door on the night of the show.
Ponderosa Stomp website: http://www.ponderosastomp.com/


Update: December 28, 2005
             Writing in a news article in "The Post-Standard" newspaper in Syracuse, (Monday, Dec. 26th), its music critic Mark Bialczak describes BO DIDDLEY, Dave Brubeck and Smokey Robinson as "performers who helped shape the American musical landscape for generations" and as "a trifecta of stars that still earn their idol status because of what they accomplish on-stage right now".
             Listing BO DIDDLEY's July 17th performance at the New York State Blues Fest as one of his Top 10 shows in Central New York for 2005, Mark Bialczak writes: "BO DIDDLEY has so much fun croaking his rock-blues classics to the rain-soaked fans that his handlers have to pull him off the Clinton Square stage. BO DIDDLEY rocks, raps and reminisces with an attitude that says "Nobody's nearly as cool as me". "Hey, Bo Diddley", indeed".
             BO DIDDLEY's dates for 2006 currently include shows in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Canada and Jamaica. Please check the Forthcoming Appearances page of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html for all the latest details.
             Just a reminder from us that BO DIDDLEY celebrates his 77th birthday this Friday (December 30th) and we encourage all his many fans around the world, if they haven't done so already, to sign the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Guestbook with their birthday greetings and messages.
             As we always do at this time of the year, we have made special arrangements for BO DIDDLEY to view each and every one of your greetings. This is an opportunity for you to convey your appreciation and best wishes to one of the undisputed legends of rock & roll and a true original, on the occasion of his 77th birthday.
             Please sign the Guestbook, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and show your support for The Originator - BO DIDDLEY. Thank you very much.
"The Post-Standard" website: http://www.syracuse.com/


Update: December 6, 2005
             BO DIDDLEY's original girl guitar player LADY BO, along with her husband Wally Malone on bass, will be performing tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at the annual "Toys For Tots" Community Party being staged at The Chateau in Incline Village, NV.
             Admission to the party, which is sponsored each year by the Marine Corps Reserve of Reno, is one new unwrapped toy or a check or credit card donation to purchase toys and winter clothing for local children in need.
             Thursday thru Saturday evenings of this week, (December 8th thru 10th inc.), LADY BO and Wally Malone will be in residence at the Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar, 1555 South Wells Ave. in Reno, NV, followed by further dates at this venue during January, February and March 2006. For reservations or more information, call (775) 323-1211.
             In other LADY BO news, an article titled "LADY BO: First Lady of Guitar" written by Renee Westbrook is published in the Fall (November/December) 2005 issue of "ROCKRGRL" magazine, issue #57.
             "ROCKRGRL" is published six times a year out of offices in Seattle, WA and distributed in the US, Canada and internationally by Tower, Small Changes, Disticor, Newbury Comics, Ingram, Armadillo, Ubiquity, Hudson, Kent, Lambda Rising, Chris Stadler, Soure Interlink, Media Solutions, BuyOlympia.com, Carrot Top, Bookazine and Don Olson.
Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar website: http://www.rapscallion.com/
"ROCKRGRL" magazine website: http://www.rockrgrl.com/


Update: December 1, 2005
             BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band are to perform at next month's prestigious 3-day Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2006, to be held from Thursday January 26th thru Saturday January 28th inc. at the Rose Hall Resort & Country Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica. BO DIDDLEY takes to the stage on the Friday night, January 27th.
             Black Entertainment Television (BET), one of the top cable TV entertainment networks, has joined forces with the Jamaica Tourist Board to promote the Festival.
             BET will produce a half-hour preview show, to premier on BET and its sister channel BET Jazz this month, promoting the destination, the Festival and the Festival location. In addition, a Festival commercial will air repeatedly on BET Jazz and VH1 Soul. BET will also promote the Festival in Atlanta, GA on KISS 104.1 FM, Atlanta's Old School R&B radio station.
Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2006 website: http://www.airjamaicajazzandblues.com/
Black Entertainment Network (BET) website: http://www.bet.com/


Update: November 18, 2005
             The twice-postponed "Florida Keys For Katrina Relief" concert starring BO DIDDLEY and featuring artists including Clarence Clemons, Frankie Ford, Mike Pinera, the Soul Providers and many Keys and South Florida musicians, is now scheduled for Sunday January 8th at Founders Park in Islamorada, FL.
             Originally due to take place in October and then rescheduled for December 4th, the concert had to be rescheduled again because of extensive flooding and damage to the Florida Keys caused by Hurricane Wilma last month.
             The benefit concert and associated one-day festival has been organized by a coalition of Florida Keys businesses and civic organizations to raise funds to help Islamorada's sister city, Ocean Springs, MS, a small coastal town that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August.
             Much to the dismay of the organizers, it was decided that the proposed alternate date in December did not afford sufficient time to reorganize the event while dealing with their own storm damage issues.
             It has been decided that the proposed concert and festival will now be a joint fund-raiser for both Ocean Springs, MS and for those areas of the Florida Keys that were severely impacted by Hurricane Wilma last month. Owing to the unusual circumstances surrounding the proposed concert, a representative for The Weather Channel has expressed an interest in the cable TV channel broadcasting the event either live or taped.
Florida Keys For Katrina Relief website: http://www.info.floridakeysforkatrinarelief.com/
Ocean Springs, MS website: http://www.oceansprings-ms.com/


Update: November 17, 2005
             BO DIDDLEY's unique and lasting influence on rock music remains as strong as ever, as Will Young's new single "Switch It On", with its exhilarating mix of fervent rhythms set to the BO DIDDLEY beat, was released in the UK this week and looks set to climb towards the top of the UK singles chart.
             Will Young was the winner of the first series of the UK's "Pop Idol" reality TV series in 2002. The multi-platinum selling artist's current single joins a lengthy list of international chart-topping hit songs that have utilised the world-famous BO DIDDLEY beat. These include Elvis Presley's "His Latest Flame" (1961), Buddy Holly's "Bo Diddley" (1963), The Rolling Stones' "Not Fade Away" (1964), Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders' "Game of Love" (1965), Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" (1968), Neil Sedaka's "Bad Blood" (1975), George Michael's "Faith" (1987), U2's "Desire" (1988) and Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2's "Mona" (1990).
             In other news, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's homage to the BO DIDDLEY beat, when the band performed a medley of the songs "Hey Bo Diddley" and "She's The One" at the Concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH in September 1995, is to be included on a new UK DVD release titled "Bruce Springsteen: Broadcasting Live", due for release in the UK in December on Classic Rock Direct (DVD HIT1987).
Will Young official website: http://www.will-youngonline.com/
Classic Rock Direct website: http://www.classicrockproductionsonline.com/


Update: November 15, 2005
             The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 show "Rockin' With Suzi Q", which features a blend of the best American music from the rock & roll era of the 1950s and early 1960s, on Thursday November 24th between 9.00pm-10.00pm GMT/UTC will recall the release 50 years ago this month of BO DIDDLEY's third single "Pretty Thing"/"Bring It To Jerome" (Checker 827). The show's weekly "Golden Anniversary" feature celebrates the 50th anniversary of a key moment in rock & roll history.
             Listeners around the world can listen on-line to the show streamed as RealMedia either by visiting the BBC Radio 2 Suzi Quatro Home Page located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/quatro and clicking the "Listen Live" link or for an additional 7 days after the show has aired by clicking the "Listen Again To This Show" link.
             A UK Top 40 hit single for BO DIDDLEY in the fall of 1963, "Pretty Thing" has since been performed and recorded by many other artists including the Animals, Canned Heat, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, Van Morrison, the Pretty Things (who derived their name from the song), the Rolling Stones and the Who.
             In April 2005, the release of BO DIDDLEY's debut single "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" (Checker 814) was previously the subject of the show's "Golden Anniversary" feature.
             Suzi Quatro Home Page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/quatro


Update: November 8, 2005
             Fans living in the area of Norman, OK may be interested to know that ahead of BO DIDDLEY's November 18th show at Norman's historic Sooner Theatre, the venue will be showing a free screening of the 2003 Marc Levin directed film "The Blues: Godfathers and Sons" to help inform audiences about the blues and its effect on American culture.
             Everyone who attends the screening at 7.00pm next Wednesday (November 16th) will be entered into a free draw to win a pair of tickets to the November 18th BO DIDDLEY concert.
             "The Blues: Godfathers and Sons" explores the heyday of Chicago blues and Chess Records and includes archive footage of Chess musicians including BO DIDDLEY, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.
             For more information, call 321-9600 or visit the Sooner Theatre website.
Sooner Theatre website: http://www.soonertheater.com/


Update: October 27, 2005
             Owing to extensive flooding and damage to the Florida Keys caused by Hurricane Wilma, the "Florida Keys For Katrina Relief" concert which was originally due to take place in Islamorada, FL last Sunday (October 23rd) and then rescheduled for December 4th, has had to be rescheduled again to a date to be determined.
             The concert was due to headline BO DIDDLEY and feature Clarence Clemons, Frankie Ford, Mike Pinera, the Soul Providers and many Keys and South Florida musicians.
             The benefit concert and associated one-day festival had been organized by a coalition of Florida Keys businesses and civic organizations to raise funds to help Islamorada's sister city, Ocean Springs, MS, a small coastal town that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August.
             Much to the dismay of the organizers, it has now been decided that the proposed alternate date of December 4th does not afford sufficient time to reorganize the event while dealing with their own storm damage issues. The new date for the concert will depend on how quickly Islamorada's Founder's Park site, municipal headquarters and building are able to recover from extensive storm surge flooding.
             It has also been decided that the proposed concert and festival will now be a joint fund-raiser for both Ocean Springs, MS and for those areas of the Florida Keys that have been severely impacted by Hurricane Wilma this week. Owing to the unusual circumstances surrounding the proposed concert, a representative for The Weather Channel has expressed an interest in the cable TV channel broadcasting the event either live or taped.
             Our thoughts and prayers are with all those whose lives have been affected during this particularly long and distressing hurricane season.
Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund website: http://www.mississippirecovery.com/
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency website: http://www.msema.org/index.htm
The Weather Channel website: http://www.weather.com/


Update: October 27, 2005
             Friends of the Arts (FOTA) in Long Island, NY is currently auctioning off a signed Gibson Les Paul Studio Cherry electric guitar. The guitar was signed by all the performers at the 2005 Long Island Summer Festival, including BO DIDDLEY, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Ravi Coltrane, Donovan, Roberta Flack, Bela Fleck, Nanci Griffith, Arlo Guthrie, John Hiatt, Michael McDonald, Jean Luc Ponty, Seal, Susan Tedeschi plus Sam Clayton, Ken Gradney, Richie Hayward and Fred Tackett of the band Little Feat.
             Photographs of the signed guitar and BO DIDDLEY and other artists autographing the guitar, are currently displayed on the FOTA website, located at http://www.fotapresents.org/WinFOTAGuitar.asp
             The retail value of the unsigned guitar is $1,300. The minimum bid for the signed guitar is $1,500. All bids must be received by FOTA by no later than the close of business on Friday November 11th. The winner will be notified by Wednesday November 16th.
             To bid, please e-mail your name, address, phone number and your bid to fotaguitar@aol.com or send a letter to FOTA Guitar Auction, P.O. Box 702, Locust Valley, NY 11560, USA.
             FOTA is a not for profit organization whose mission to enrich the cultural life on Long Island, NY is achieved through the presentation of world-class artists and captivating arts education programs for young people. All the proceeds from this auction will benefit FOTA programs.
Friends of the Arts (FOTA) website: http://www.fotapresents.org/


Update: October 20, 2005
             Fans living in the area of Norman, OK may be interested to know that the Norman Chamber of Commerce's annual auction, to be held next Thursday evening (October 27th) between 6.00pm-9.00pm at the Oklahoma Memorial Union Ballroom, includes a special opportunity to bid for "A Downtown Evening". Lot #15, "A Downtown Evening", consists of a pair of tickets to see BO DIDDLEY's performance at Norman's historic Sooner Theatre on the evening of Friday November 18th, a $50 gift certificate to Coach's Restaurant and a night's stay at the Montford Inn, all courtesy of Republic Bank & Trust. Further details are available by contacting the Norman Chamber of Commerce.
Norman Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.normanok.org/
The Sooner Theatre website: http://www.soonertheater.com/


Bo's Birthday
             Hey BO DIDDLEY fans, One of the founding fathers of rock & roll, BO DIDDLEY celebrates his 77th birthday on Friday December 30th and we encourage all his many fans around the world to sign the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Guestbook with your birthday greetings and messages. As we always do at this time of the year, we are making special arrangements for BO DIDDLEY to view each and every one of your greetings. This is an opportunity for you to convey your appreciation and best wishes to one of the undisputed legends of rock & roll and a true original, on the occasion of his 77th birthday. Please sign the Guestbook, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and show your support for The Originator - BO DIDDLEY.


Update: October 17, 2005
             BO DIDDLEY has recently recorded with movie actor Steven Seagal in Memphis, TN for a projected blues album, tentatively titled "Mojo Priest". Other musicians at the sessions include Ruth Brown, James Cotton, Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Louisiana Red, Bob Margolin, Hubert Sumlin and Koko Taylor.
             The recording sessions are also being filmed for a potential DVD release.
             Steven Seagal's movie credits include "Above The Law", "Under Siege", "Executive Decision" and "Exit Wounds".
             Whilst in Memphis, BO DIDDLEY also made a surprise guest appearance on- stage during BB King's 80th birthday celebrations at BB King's Blues Club on Beale Street, performing a short impromptu set in front of the capacity crowd.
Steven Seagal official website: http://www.stevenseagal.com/
BB King official website: http://www.bbking.com/


Update: September 21, 2005
             BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band are to perform at the annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Masquerade Gala at the Mardi Gras Restaurant & Lounge, 824 South State Street (at Silas Brown Road) in Jackson, MS on Friday October 28th at 7.00pm.
             The UNCF is the nation's largest, oldest, most successful and most comprehensive minority higher education assistance organization.
             The UNCF provides operating funds and technology advancement services for 39 member historically black colleges and universities, scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.
             Over 60 years, the UNCF has raised more than $2 billion to help a total of more than 350,000 students attend college and has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the Government.
             All proceeds from the UNCF Masquerade Gala will fund scholarships for deserving students at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS and Rust College in Holly Springs, MS.
             Due to Hurricane Katrina, the need for scholarships has increased significantly. Almost half of the families of Tougaloo College students lost homes, jobs and the ability to assist their children with college expenses.
             Tickets for the Gala are $75 for VIP seating and $50 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the Mardi Gras Restaurant, the Office of Institutional Advancement at Tougaloo College or Be-Bop Record Stores.
United Negro College Fund (UNCF) website: http://www.uncf.org/
Tougaloo College website: http://www.tougaloo.edu/
Rust College website: http://www.rustcollege.edu/
US Department of Education's Hurricane Help For Schools website: http://hurricanehelpforschools.gov/


Update: September 19, 2005
             BO DIDDLEY is one of the musicians paid tribute to on a newly released various artists compilation CD titled "Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series, Vol. 1".
             The popular blues roots rock band The Nighthawks' live recording from February 2004 of the classic BO DIDDLEY song "Before You Accuse Me" is one of 17 tracks on the CD taken from the Strathmore Arts Center and Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) recent groundbreaking series of concerts celebrating the Washington DC area's music and musicians. These special tribute concerts honored and celebrated Washington's rich, deep and diverse musical history saluting music legends, rising stars, key moments, events, institutions and venues from 1854 to the present, including BO DIDDLEY, Patsy Cline, Duke Ellington, Roberta Flack and Marvin Gaye.
             BO DIDDLEY moved to Washington DC in late 1959 and lived there during the 1960s. In 1986, he was inducted into the WAMA Hall of Fame and in 2003 "The Washingtonian" magazine included him in its Washington Music Hall of Fame.
             Also included on this new tribute CD is a live recording from May 2004 by the female vocal trio The Jewels who, as The Impalas, recorded a number of sessions with BO DIDDLEY in his home studio in Washington DC in the early 1960s.
             This "Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series, Vol. 1" special live tribute CD is now available to purchase from the CD Baby on-line record store webpage located at http://cdbaby.com/cd/strathmore
The Nighthawks official website: http://www.thenighthawks.com/
Strathmore Arts Center website: http://www.strathmore.org/
Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) website: http://www.wamadc.com/wama/
CD Baby webpage: http://cdbaby.com/cd/strathmore


Update: August 30, 2005
             John McEnroe, 4 times US Open and 3 times Wimbledon Men's Singles Champion, last night swapped his tennis racket for a Les Paul guitar and joined BO DIDDLEY on-stage for a rocking performance of "Who Do You Love" at yesterday's (Monday) opening ceremonies at the 2005 US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, NY. Under the headline "John McEnroe Sings The Blues", the unusual musical pairing makes the news today on the celebrity pages of the popular "HELLO!" UK magazine website, located at: http://www.hellomagazine.com/celebrities/2005/08/30/usopen/
2005 US Open official website: http://www.usopen.org/
hellomagazine.com website: http://www.hellomagazine.com/


Update: August 23, 2005
             Around 800 fans raised between $3,000 to $5,000 at BO DIDDLEY's benefit concert for the Houchin Community Blood Bank at California State University, Bakersfield last Friday evening.
             The money raised is being donated to the Bank's bone marrow registry. In addition to the money, the concert was also a chance to raise awareness and to appeal to the fans in the audience to be placed on the national registry. Thanks to fund-raisers such as last Friday's concert, there is now no charge to be tested in Kern County, California and you could save a life. If you reside in Kern County and would like to be placed on the national bone marrow registry, please call the Houchin Community Blood Bank toll free on 1-877-364-5844.
             The Houchin Community Blood Bank is a non-profit service organization serving the residents of Kern County.
Houchin Community Blood Bank website: http://www.hcbb.com/


Update: August 13, 2005
             The August/September issue #27 of the UK's most popular blues magazine "Blues Matters!" carries a special 50th anniversary tribute by Stephanie Thorburn to BO DIDDLEY titled "Signifying Blues: BO DIDDLEY's 50th Anniversary in the Music Industry". Issue #27 of "Blues Matters!" is now available. This issue of the magazine also features articles on Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Holly Golightly, Nick & Joe Moss, Iggy Pop, The White Stripes and more. You can obtain copies of "Blues Matters!" magazine direct from their website store, which is located at: http://www.bluesmatters.com/catalog You can also contact info@bluesmatters.com and/or 01656 743406 for a copy. Thanks to the Assistant Manager/Editor of "Blues Matters!" magazine, we are able to bring fans a transcript of Stephanie's article:
Signifying Blues: Bo Diddley's 50th Anniversary In The Music Industry.
By Stephanie Thorburn.
             When Bo Diddley cut "Signifying Blues" in 1960, he was celebrating the language of the ghetto. His upbringing had seen him move from Mississippi to the South Side of Chicago where Ellas McDaniel spent a productive youth on the streets of the Windy City. Well equipped with a fundamental talent and the rectitude of a religious upbringing, he first made contact with a Harmony acoustic guitar on his 12th birthday, a gift from sister Lucille. This landmark followed a transition from the violin, under the disciplinary eye of a certain Professor O.W. Frederick, who was no stranger to enforcing traditional learning methods. By the time that Ellas had secured his debut recording session in March 1955, he was performing for the expectations of Leonard and Phil Chess and was delegated to their subsidiary Checker with high expectations of appealing to an eager teen market. At this stage the pseudonym "Bo Diddley" was crafted, a name taken from a one-stringed African guitar and hence the "bad boy" was born. By 1959/60, Bo cut his teeth and articulated the spirit of his roots onto "Signifying Blues" and "Say Man", a US Top 20 hit. From this point, the essence of funk and rap began to emanate within the seeds of these novelty rap records, absurd in their trade of street insults and folk wit; codes safely negotiated between Bo and side kick Jerome Green, an integral part of his sound. Bo's concept of "signification" does seem curiously akin in places to the phrase coined by Structuralist socio-linguists such as Saussure, yet musically he revelled in bating the creation of completely new sound associations, cross rhythms and whole genres previously unwritten or heard. Needless to say, Bo Diddley is an iconoclastic originator of modern contemporary rock & roll, rhythm & blues, a father to post modern funk, soul, hip hop and rap. He may have put together the "Super, Super Blues Band" with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, but remains worlds apart from his contemporaries in possessing his own irrepressible and extrovert versatility.

Waking Up A Legend
             2005 marks fifty years in the industry for Bo Diddley. With the assistance of his dedicated musicians, PR and logistical team, he recently toured the States, Australia and Europe in form of a tribute. It was a joy to be able to speak with Bo directly at his home in Florida some weeks after his exhilarating set at The Forum, Kentish Town in April. Armed with my quota of questions, I was in search of some reflections and a little of his acquired wisdom on early sessions, notable working relationships and this year's anniversary dates. I plied my brief carefully with the receiver in hand. Twelve midday being seven am in the States, I reasoned that the advice to 'phone at this time was based on a conscientious morning mentality. The legend took to the other end of the line pitched perfectly in tone, earthy but a little ominously worn. My suspicions were confirmed that this was indeed too damned early for the maestro to be considering the Platonic logics of his life, music and the industry. You can't dampen the essence of a creative spirit and the next half hour was probably more a joy to behold for me than vice versa. With a loud yawn and in breath from Bo, I was now engaging with the impressionistic world of Mr. Diddley, "Fifty years and still a rock and roller, I have been lucky and I have been blessed!" quipped Bo. "I have learned a few things that's all.. I've seen three generations of music and am still here now. I've lasted fifty years and that's a hell of an achievement. It's the music that has kept me around... I have been blessed and something tells me that I've been doin' something right!" Yes indeed Bo.
             Although the facts and contextual milieu of early tours and sessions are for Bo, "Over fifty years ago now, baby", his insights were still vivaciously illuminating. Apparently it has not always been innate for Ellas McDaniel to simply take up his guitar to travel outside the States. On his first UK tour in 1963 with The Stones, Everly Brothers and Little Richard he experienced a sense of strangeness away from home, the UK was a "new thing" and at first it seemed to him as though the audiences were not paying "any attention". Further could have been from the truth with increasing commercial success between 1963 and '64 surely warming Bo's heart a little, with four of his albums in the UK Top 20. Bo's initial perception of Chess was equally uneasy. His overriding memories of the classic session recording of double-sided smash hit "Bo Diddley"/"I'm a Man" were governed by his recollections of an all-night vigil to, "Stay up and get it right, we finally figured it out... The record company was trying to get us to do something". That "something" involved the collective efforts of Billy Boy Arnold, Otis Spann and Jerome Green on harmonica, piano and maracas respectively; his self-titled recording in fact took some thirty-five takes to perfect. Bo's raw energy and hypnotic African/Latin fused, pounding rhythm & blues has yet to be surpassed for many critics and consumers alike. "Bo Diddley" became "A Man" and alternately the "Manish boy" as Muddy Waters expressed his affections for this infectious groove by recording his own version shortly after Bo. The "Originator's" charm and influence was spreading steadily throughout the industry. The double-sided single, "I'm a Man" takes its place next to the demonic imagery and machismo of "Got My Mojo Working" and the "Hoochie Coochie Man" for artists from the Stones, who jammed on a version with Muddy, to every contemporary R&B act in search of the most authentic expression taken from this electric, although unconventional Chicago sound.

Archetypes - Remembering Johnnie Johnson & "The Duchess"
             On a more sombre note, as time moves forward, fewer and fewer founding protagonists of popular music remain with us. April this year saw two dear colleagues of Bo pass away - friend and legend Johnnie Johnson and "Duchess" Norma-Jean Richardson, who took her place in Bo's band between 1962 and 1966. Johnnie, Bo recalls as not only a "great man and great musician", but a firm personal friend. The "Duchess" however was simply Bo's sidekick, "She did a lot of work and travelled all over with me". At the time that Norma-Jean played on Bo's albums "Bo Diddley and Company" (1962) and "Bo Diddley's Beach Party" (1963), it was almost unprecedented for a female guitarist to be hired by a major act. Norma-Jean's predecessor being the seminal Peggy Jones aka "Lady Bo". Bo Diddley's fearlessly avant-garde perception of the music he wished to create and the artists with whom he wished to jam, moved in no uncertain terms beyond any parochial beginnings. Bo was anxious to remind me of the fact that, "There are only four people left from my original band now: me, Gloria (Morgan), Jesse (James Johnson) and Clifton James". Indeed a roll call on his official site, takes the eye through several formative bands represented as teams of "Hipsters" and "Bo-ettes". Undoubtedly, Bo Diddley's dreams and visions have always been strong, but he has shared his goals, preferring to form a firm creative family around him. The "blessing" of his work has seen him share the stage with Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf. These legends are all indeed co-stars within the complex plot of an animated career. Each performance for Bo has been valued equally over the passage of time and captured in his stage act, celebrating the birth of rock & roll beyond the new millennium.

50th Anniversary Tour - The Forum, Kentish Town
             Bo's UK date was tantalisingly poised between further commitments on the European leg of his recent anniversary tour. He had but one date and a few hours to make his mark on an adoring audience. This certainly was a renaissance man performing his best shot, offering a guide through his illustrious repertoire with the help of his current band. Bo and sterling "M.C." Debby Hastings on bass and vocals did a fine job of introducing and delivering the goods, with Bo's increasingly loquacious tongue offering anecdotes and pearls of well-received wisdom. His signature rhythm was reproduced through "Hey Bo Diddley", "Bo Diddley", with the final alternate version being "The Story Of Bo Diddley". Originally "Hey Bo Diddley" was recorded in New York in 1957 with The Flamingos and Peggy Jones. The irony of the tale is that some say this is an adaptation from the nursery rhyme "Old MacDonald", complete with a series of endearing machismo gestures and irreverent tongue-in-cheek humour. Most of Bo's songs are in fact humorous adaptations of traditional folk themes. "Who Do You Love" is of hoodoo origin, in the African-American vein of toasts and boasts. "Bo Diddley" is based on the lullaby "Mockingbird", other sources suggest that "Hey Bo Diddley" is from "Frog Went A-Courtin". Everyone present in the auditorium at The Forum simply absorbed the essence of Bo Diddley's idiosyncratic performance, his language is universal and won over the audience's heart, although I'm sure there could be a real risk of those trad. nursery rhymes turning into Bo anthems back at home; "I'm a man, I'm bad!" declare the kids...
             Indeed, the "history of rock & roll" is one of Bo's favoured themes and he loves to name-drop through all the key exponents of the form from himself and Elvis, to Chuck and beyond. The emphasis of the night never stopped being on the "Originator's" own back catalogue though with, "You Can't Judge A Book", "Crackin' Up", "Say Boss Man" and "Road Runner" all delivered irresistibly. A clear show pinnacle had to be Bo's loud and strong rapping, "Do You Like My Stuff?" Well, not only did the audience appreciate Bo Diddley, but he seemed to be enjoying himself, so much so that he re-appeared after the final curtain to pound out his rhumba-based beat. Without a doubt, Bo is still as fresh as the street performers who influenced his "hambone" style; perhaps the only sting in the tail is that his life-force may have made him a significant influence to his peers, but to an extent an egalitarian helping of wealth and fame may have eluded him, (although only just).

"Say Man, Back Again" - The New Diddley...
             At seventy-six, Bo Diddley's achievements are clear enough and speak for themselves. Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Grammy Hall of Fame (1998), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1999). His material has been covered by a diverse assortment of likely and unlikely candidates from The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck and Hendrix to Iggy Pop. Bo's last significant solo album, "A Man Amongst Men" was simply one of his best recordings in twenty years, integrating Chicago blues, reggae and some storming rock & roll with a distinguished cast of collaborators. The past nine years have not yet seen him better this album and having witnessed Bo's recent classy live performance, I was keen to round off my interview by exploring the terrain of what might lay ahead... "Yes, I have been blessd... I can't really explain what it feels like to be Bo to you. It (music) always just looked like something for me to do! And I ain't finished yet, I only just got started. I've been put through school for fifty years; I've still got twenty-thirty years to do somethin'. I'm planning on recording something new, when I have taken care of some personal stuff. There will be a new Diddley, wait and see. Do not forget, I will be back STRONG AND HEAVY!" So, the definitive story of Bo Diddley may yet be a tale of the unexpected... From the man who gave us the tremolo unit, reverb, distortion and a taste for custom-built electric guitars, I can't wait to hear what the shape and sound of things to come will be in future as the "Originator" continues to excel on his trusty Gretsch. Indeed, the most up to date information on-line suggests that a new 21st century version, the Bo Diddley Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird, now christened the "Billy (Gibbons) - Bo" guitar, could be just one creative endeavour in prospect.
Copyright Stephanie Thorburn 2005

Update: August 11, 2005
             A special 50th anniversary interview and feature on the life and the career of BO DIDDLEY is included in "Rolling Stone" magazine issue #981, dated Thursday August 25th, which goes on sale tomorrow (Friday).
             The feature is titled "BO DIDDLEY - The Life, the Soul and the Indestructible Beat".
             In 2004, "Rolling Stone" named BO DIDDLEY as one of "The Immortals - The 50 Greatest Artists of All-Time".
"Rolling Stone" magazine website: http://www.rollingstone.com/


Update: August 10, 2005
             In a special collectors' edition published to celebrate its 100th issue, the popular UK music and movie magazine "Uncut" has included BO DIDDLEY's 1958 debut album "Bo Diddley" (Chess LP-1431) in its listing of "100 Music, Movie & TV Moments That Have Changed The World".
             Over the past 12 months, "Uncut" magazine has asked industry experts along with music and movie icons including Alice Cooper, Robert Downey Jr., Sir Paul McCartney, Moby, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe and Brian Wilson to name their seminal moments from the past 50 years; the 100 rock music songs and albums, films, TV programs and books that have changed our world.
             The "Bo Diddley" album includes such classic tracks as "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Bring It To Jerome", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Diddley Daddy", "Diddy Wah Diddy", "Who Do You Love" and "Pretty Thing".
             In 2003, "Mojo" magazine in the UK included the LP in its guide to the "100 Greatest Guitar Albums".
"Uncut" magazine website: http://www.uncut.net/
"Mojo" magazine website: http://www.mojo4music.com/


Update: August 9, 2005
             The September/October issue of "HMV Choice", the HMV UK magazine of new specialist music, will be including a special feature about the current Universal Catalog Marketing Chess label relaunch. The comprehensive reissue campaign got under way in the UK yesterday (Monday). The magazine, issue #31, will be available free in-store in all the HMV outlets in the UK and Ireland from September. HMV is the UK and Ireland's leading specialist retailer of music, DVD/video, computer games and related products.
             The Universal Music Chess label relaunch will see the label join the top table treatment afforded to other ground breaking black music labels such as Motown, Studio One and Stax.
             Released yesterday, (Monday), was the BO DIDDLEY limited edition 50th anniversary collectors' single "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man", now available in 2 formats: CD single: Chess/Universal 9830032 and 7" single: Chess/Universal 9830033.
             Also released yesterday was the remastered CD version of his classic 1960 LP "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" (Chess/Universal 9861447), now available with a total of 15 tracks, including 5 bonus tracks: "Working Man", "Do What I Say", "Prisoner of Love", "Googlia Moo" and "Better Watch Yourself".
             Available from Monday August 29th will be a new 25 track various artists compilation CD titled "Chess Originals" (Chess/Universal 9830156), with all the tracks being handpicked by staff writers at the UK monthly rock music magazine "Mojo" as being ones that particularly illustrate the roots of rock music and the influence that Chess artists had on British musicians such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones and many others. This collection includes a total of 6 tracks by BO DIDDLEY covering the years 1955 to 1962: "Who Do You Love", "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover", "I'm A Man", "Pills", "Road Runner" and "I Can Tell", as well as tracks by artists including Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.
             Due for release in September is a new 2 CD various artists anthology titled "Chess Pieces: The Very Best of Chess" (Chess/Universal 9831719). This initial set of releases is due to be followed in the fall by the CD reissue of further original Chess albums, including BO DIDDLEY's 1970 funk classic "The Black Gladiator".
HMV UK website: http://www.hmv.co.uk/


Update: July 30, 2005
             Australian comedy writer Dom Romeo's interview with BO DIDDLEY which took place in Sydney, Australia earlier in the year, is now available for podcast download. Available from this month from the Sydney-based Audio2u, the home of quality podcasts, the interview is episode #1 of "Waxing Lyrical", a new series of audio interviews with musicians and performers complete with musical sound bites.
             Copy and paste the XML link: http://www.audio2u.com/xml/wl.xml into your podcast software in order to download all episodes of "Waxing Lyrical" as they become available. Alternatively, you can visit the Audio2u "Waxing Lyrical" webpage, located at http://www.audio2u.com/waxinglyrical.htm and manually download the podcasts via MP3.
             Excerpts from this interview were previously aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News Radio and Music News programs in April, during BO DIDDLEY's successful 50th anniversary concert tour of Australia.
             A written transcript of the interview, in which BO DIDDLEY discusses rap music and the origins of rock & roll and his famous beat, is also available by visiting the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website Forum, located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
Audio2u "Waxing Lyrical" webpage: http://www.audio2u.com/waxinglyrical.htm


Update: July 13, 2005
             The Chess label is relaunched in the UK this summer by Universal Catalog Marketing with a comprehensive reissue campaign that will see the label join the top table treatment afforded to other ground breaking black music labels such as Motown, Studio One and Stax.
             Available from Monday August 8th will be the special 50th Anniversary Collectors' Edition reissues on CD and 7" vinyl of BO DIDDLEY's debut single "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" (Chess/Universal 9830032/33), plus the remastered version on CD of his 1960 LP "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" (Chess/Universal 9861447) with a total of 15 tracks including 5 bonus tracks: "Working Man", "Do What I Say", "Prisoner of Love", "Googlia Moo" and "Better Watch Yourself".
             Also reissued are Chuck Berry's debut single "Maybellene"/"Wee Wee Hours" (Chess/Universal 9830034/35), his 1957 debut album "After School Session" (Chess/Universal 9861350) and his 1964 album "St. Louis to Liverpool" (Chess/Universal 9861352).
             Also due for release in the UK on the same day is a new 25 track various artists compilation CD titled "Chess Originals" (Chess/Universal 9830156), with all the tracks being handpicked by staff writers at the UK monthly rock music magazine "Mojo" as being ones that particularly illustrate the roots of rock music and the influence that Chess artists had on British musicians such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones and many others. This new collection includes a total of 6 tracks by BO DIDDLEY covering the years 1955 to 1962: "Who Do You Love", "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover", "I'm A Man", "Pills", "Road Runner" and "I Can Tell", as well as tracks by artists including Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.
             Also available from August 8th in the same series will be the various artists compilation CDs "Chess Northern Soul" (Chess/Universal 9830153), "Chess Tearjerkers" (Chess/Universal 9830154) and "Chess Soul Sisters" (Chess/Universal 9830155).
             These initial Chess releases are due to be followed in the fall by the CD reissue of further original Chess albums including BO DIDDLEY's 1970 funk classic "The Black Gladiator", along with various artist collections including "Chess Psychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves", "Chess Funk", "Chess Mod" and "Chess Doo Wop".
             In celebration of the Chess label's remarkable impact and to celebrate next month's Universal Music reissue campaign, the August issue of "Mojo" magazine also includes a free 15-track CD titled "Chess Classics", which includes BO DIDDLEY's 1960 recording of his song "Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger" along with tracks by artists including Chuck Berry, Etta James, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf. The magazine also includes a recent interview with BO DIDDLEY along with a special 50th anniversary feature in which 3 generations of musicians including Eric Burdon, Chuck D, Al Kooper and Keith Richards celebrate BO DIDDLEY's genius by discussing and selecting their favorite BO DIDDLEY tracks. "Mojo" magazine website: http://www.mojo4music.com/.


Update: July 13, 2005
             The new Gretsch G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird Guitar is expected in the stores Tuesday, July 12th. This new guitar, the latest in the Gretsch Professional Collection: Artist Signature Models, highlights BO DIDDLEY's original futuristic design with Billy F Gibbons' added ingredients for a "steaming hot helping of dirty rotten rock & roll!"
             BO DIDDLEY and Billy F Gibbons, guitarist with rock band ZZ Top, recently joined forces and teamed with Gretsch Guitars to create a 21st Century version of the elusive 1959 BO DIDDLEY-designed Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird that they have dubbed the "Billy-Bo" Guitar.
             Built to BO DIDDLEY and Billy F Gibbons' own specifications and the result of a "science project gone wrong", this black with a Firebird Red top semi-hollow body electric guitar is available in stores from this week.
             This new Gretsch G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird Guitar features a futuristic "stranger than fiction" body design with a heavily chambered mahogany body and one-piece mahogany neck, a Rosewood fingerboard with vintage mother-of-pearl neo-classic "thumbnail" inlays, 22 frets, an ultra-thin laminated maple top, a Gretsch G-Cutout tailpiece, chrome-plated hardware, headstock and body bindings, a black plexi pickguard, an adjustable truss rod, Grover Sta-Tite machine heads, TV Jones Power'Tron (neck) and Power'Tron "Plus" (bridge) pick-ups, pinned Adjusto-matic bridge, Schaller straplocks, a 3-position toggle pick-up switching, a custom de luxe hardshell case and "enough vibe to make space aliens dance the alligator!"
             The new Gretsch G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird Guitar now proudly takes its place alongside the other BO DIDDLEY Gretsch Artist Signature Models: Gretsch Professional Collection: Artist Signature Model - G6138 Bo Diddley:
             For five decades, BO DIDDLEY has been turning heads with his great chops, incredible showmanship and outrageous guitars. Now it's your turn! The G6138 is a faithful reproduction of the famous rectangle-shaped guitar Gretsch built for BO DIDDLEY back in 1958.
             Measuring 17-3/4" x 9-1/4" x 2" and made of alder and 5-ply maple, the eye catching Firebird red semi-hollow body features two FilterTron pick-ups, a Tune-O-Matic bridge, Gretsch "G" tailpiece and plenty of gold hardware. The 3-piece rock maple neck has an ebonized rosewood fingerboard with "dot" pearl inlays, a 1957 style headstock and a special BO DIDDLEY signature on the truss rod cover.


Update: July 12, 2005
           BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band will be performing at an exclusive concert and party hosted by HITS - Horse Shows In The Sun on the evening of Friday September 16th to benefit Family of Woodstock, Inc., a not for profit organization providing crisis intervention, information and support services to individuals and families throughout Ulster County, NY.
           The event is part of the equestrian Marshall & Sterling League National Finals being held from September 16th thru 18th inc. at the HITS-on-the-Hudson show grounds, 454 Washington Avenue Extension in Saugerties, NY.
           Family of Woodstock, Inc. was launched in 1970 when young people who attended the Woodstock rock music festival remained in town and needed help rather than intervention from the police. What started as a rudimentary helping hand has developed into the second oldest continuously operating 24-hour-a-day emergency switchboard in the United States.
           Family of Woodstock, Inc.'s principle focus is crisis intervention, including emergency shelter and food, services to teens, childcare and comprehensive services for people with substance abuse problems, domestic violence issues, HIV/AIDS and people who are involved with the criminal justice system. The charity has more than 100,000 contacts each year through its hotline, social services programs and three walk-in centers. Approximately 180 people are on staff along with 200 volunteers to meet the community needs.
           HITS produced its first series of horse shows - a three-week circuit in Gainesville, FL - in 1982. Today, HITS produces five circuits - Ocala Winter Circuit in Florida; Indio Desert Circuit in California; Arizona Winter Circuit in Tucson; HITS Culpeper in Virginia; and HITS-on-the Hudson in New York. Collectively, they represent the largest group of equestrian events under a single management group in the United States.
Family of Woodstock, Inc. website: http://www.familyofwoodstockinc.org/
HITS - Horse Shows In The Sun website: http://www.hitsshows.com/


Update: June 8, 2005
           The special limited edition 50th anniversary reissue of BO DIDDLEY's debut single "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" set for release by the Universal Music Group in the UK on Monday June 20th will be available in 2 formats: 2-track CD (Chess 9830032) and 7" vinyl (Chess 9830033).
           The 50th anniversary reissue of Chuck Berry's debut single "Maybellene"/"Wee Wee Hours" will also be available on both 7" vinyl (Chess 9830034) and 2-track CD (Chess 9830035) formats on the same day.
           Both singles are described by Universal thus: "We present this historical 50th anniversary limited edition single. Celebrating a pivotal moment in modern guitar music that changed the lives of both the people who heard it, (The Beatles and The Rolling Stones included), and the direction of music itself".


Update: June 4, 2005
           To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of BO DIDDLEY's debut single "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" (Checker 814), the 2 tracks are to be reissued in the UK on Monday June 20th by the Universal Music Group on a special limited edition 2-track CD single, (Chess CD 9830032).
           Also set for reissue by Universal in the UK on the same day is Chuck Berry's debut single "Maybellene"/"Wee Wee Hours", (Chess CD 9830035).
           Both CDs are described by Universal thus: "We present this historical 50th anniversary limited edition single. Celebrating a pivotal moment in modern guitar music that changed the lives of both the people who heard it, (The Beatles and The Rolling Stones included), and the direction of music itself".
           The original 2 singles were recently voted by visitors to the popular DigitalDreamDoor.com website into the #1 and #2 positions respectively in their listing of the 100 Greatest Rock Debut Singles. Both records are now widely hailed as being amongst the most influential debut singles in history and the cornerstones of rock music.
           In other BO DIDDLEY 50th anniversary news, the popular UK monthly rock music magazine "Mojo" is set to include an interview with BO DIDDLEY along with a special 50th anniversary feature in its August issue, available on news-stands on Wednesday July 6th, and the UK's most popular blues magazine "Blues Matters!" will be carrying a special 50th anniversary tribute to BO DIDDLEY in its August/September issue #27, which will be available around Monday August 1st.
Mojo magazine website: http://www.mojo4music.com/
Blues Matters! magazine website: http://www.bluesmatters.com/


Update: May 25, 2005
           BO DIDDLEY's original girl guitar player, Lady Bo, along with her horn section the BC Horns, will be performing this Memorial Day Weekend at the 16th Annual Boulder Creek Art, Wine & Music Festival in Boulder Creek, CA. Lady Bo & the BC Horns will be taking to the stage on Sunday afternoon (May 29th) at 5.00pm, for an hour-long show. Admission to the 3-day Festival is free.
           The power duo of Lady Bo and her husband/bassist Wally Malone also have the following dates upcoming at the Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar, 1555 South Wells Avenue in Reno, NV:
           Wednesday thru Saturday 1st-4th June (inclusive), Wednesday thru Saturday 6th-9th July (inclusive), Wednesday thru Saturday 17th-20th August (inclusive) and Wednesday thru Saturday 7th-10th September (inclusive), all shows beginning at 6.30pm (Wednesdays & Thursdays) and at 7.00pm (Fridays & Saturdays). For further info call (775) 323-1211.
           Lady Bo was one of the undoubted success stories of the 4th Annual Ponderosa Stomp held in New Orleans, LA last month, her duet with soul singer Brenton Wood on the Sam Cooke favorite "You Send Me" in particular being hailed as a "show-stopper" by the local press and music fans variously describing her as "amazing" and as "an incredibly classy lady". We'd like to take this opportunity to send our very best wishes and congratulations to Lady Bo on the occasion of her upcoming 65th birthday on Tuesday July 19th.
           Lady Bo - "Rock & Roll's First Lady of Guitar" - was born Peggy Jones in New York City. In 1957, at the tender age of 17, Peggy joined BO DIDDLEY's band (replacing guitarist Jody Williams) and becoming his original girl lead guitarist, arranger and protegee. She recorded and appears on every original BO DIDDLEY Chess/Checker album from "Bo Diddley" in 1958 thru to "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" in 1960, plus all the single releases from that period, along with all the 75+ reissues and retitled compilations released by MCA/Universal and on other labels around the world. She later performed on the newer material that BO DIDDLEY recorded in the 1980s and 1990s and that was released on the Triple XXX label.
           Lady Bo can be heard on vocals and electric guitar on such late 1950s/early 1960s BO DIDDLEY classics as "Hey Bo Diddley", "Mona". "Say Man", "Story of Bo Diddley", "Crackin' Up", "Say Man, Back Again", "Road Runner", "Cadillac", "Ride On Josephine", "Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger", "Aztec", "Pills" and many others.
           She later went on to play on the sessions for Les Cooper & The Soul Rockers' Top 30 instrumental hit "Wiggle Wobble" and on Eric Burdon & The Animals' worldwide smash "San Franciscan Nights", as well as appearances with BO DIDDLEY on the Kenny Rogers and the Donny & Marie Osmond TV shows in the 1970s and in the popular Warner Bros. movie of 1987 "The Lost Boys".
           Lady Bo has gone on in recent years to perform, both in solo performance and with her rhythm section the Family Jewel and/or horn section the BC Horns, to appreciative audiences right across North America and Europe; audiences that are eager to witness at first-hand the show-stopping performances of "Rock & Roll's First Lady of Guitar" - Lady Bo.
Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar website: http://www.rapscallion.com/


Update: May 24, 2005
           The popular UK music magazine "Q Classic" has included the 1997 BO DIDDLEY compilation CD "Bo Diddley-His Best" (MCA/Chess CHD 9373) in its new Essential Blues Buyers' Guide to the 75 Blues Greats' Best Albums, published this month.
           Amongst the classic tracks on the "Bo Diddley-His Best" CD, which covers his recording career from the years 1955 to 1966, are "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Pretty Thing", "Bring It To Jerome", "Who Do You Love", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Mona", "Before You Accuse Me", "Road Runner" and "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover".
           This new listing was compiled by the staff writers at "Q" and "Mojo" music magazines in the UK. This is the latest of several accolades to be awarded to the "Bo Diddley-His Best" CD over recent years. Writing in "Vanity Fair" magazine in 2000, songwriter and performer Elvis Costello listed it as one of his "500 Albums You Need - The Best Of The Best". In 2003, "Blender" magazine listed it as one of its "500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die!" and last year, to mark 50 years of rock & roll, the LAUNCH Music on Yahoo! website listed it as one of its "Required Rock Albums".
           Also making the list in this new "Q Classic" guide to the 75 Best Blues Albums are the 1997 2 CD compilation set "The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection" (MCA/Chess CHD 2-9382), which includes 2 tracks by BO DIDDLEY: "I'm A Man" and "Road Runner" along with classic recordings by artists such as Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf, plus the 5 CD compilation box set "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey" (Hip-O/Universal CD 39302), released in 2003, which includes BO DIDDLEY's classic recording of "Who Do You Love" as well as tracks by artists such as Louis Armstrong, WC Handy, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, BB King, Elvis Presley and Bonnie Raitt.
"Q" music magazine website: http://www.q4music.com/
"Mojo" music magazine website: http://www.mojo4music.com/


Update: May 20, 2005
           There's a special opportunity for fans when BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band play New York's only floating music festival, the New York City Blues Cruise on the evening of Wednesday August 24th.
           The 2-hour scenic cruises around New York Harbor for this unique and exciting musical experience depart from 42nd Street and the Hudson River's Circle Line Pier 83 at 7.00pm and 9.30pm, rain or shine.
           Although it is not possible to make any arrangements in advance and depending on BO DIDDLEY's schedule, there is provision made for a meet and greet session on-board ship after each performance.
           Now in its 10th year, tickets for the Summer 2005 season of the NYC Blues Cruise are now available. Each cruise is a scenic 2-hour tour around lower Manhattan, passing beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and floating by the Statue of Liberty, accompanied by live music performed by America's top artists. For ticket information, call (212) 630-8888. To hear a recorded message with the latest on the NYC Blues Cruise, call (212) 560-BLUE.
           Fans living elsewhere in North America will also get the opportunity to see BO DIDDLEY live on-stage during this, his 50th anniversary tour, with appearances currently lined-up at venues in California, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba.
           Please note that all dates and venues are subject to change and that you should check with the Forthcoming Appearances page of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website located at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/dates.html for all the latest updates.
           New York City Blues Cruise website: http://www.bluescruiseny.com/


Update: May 18, 2005
           BO DIDDLEY and Billy F Gibbons, guitarist with the popular rock trio ZZ Top, have joined forces and teamed with Gretsch Guitars to create a 21st century version of the elusive 1959 BO DIDDLEY-designed Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird that they have dubbed the "Billy-Bo" Guitar.
           This message from Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top: "Some time ago, Bo gave me the guitar as a gift. It was during the recent ZZ Top recordings when the engineering crew and I snaked through the guitar vault searching for that 'certain-something' guitar and there it was! We didn't risk subjecting such a rare instrument to the rigors of the road so this new, reproduction model was recreated with some BFG Mojo thrown in for good measure. It's now the main stage guitar with a groove."
           The new Gretsch "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird Guitar will highlight BO DIDDLEY's original futuristic design with Billy F Gibbons' added ingredients for a steaming hot helping of dirty rotten rock & roll!
           The result of this "science project gone wrong" will feature a heavily chambered mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, ultra-thin laminate maple top, TV Jones Power'Tron (neck) and Power'Tron "Plus" (bridge) pick-ups, pinned Adjusto-matic bridge, Schaller Straplocks and enough "vibe" to make space aliens dance the alligator!
           First availability in stores is expected to be July.
           ZZ Top had the honor of inducting BO DIDDLEY into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. A decade later, during a joint appearance in the UK by BO DIDDLEY and ZZ Top on the BBC TV music show "Later With Jools Holland", in answer to several questions put to them about their career such as what influences the band had had in their early years and where the name ZZ Top came from, the band each time simply pointed across the studio to BO DIDDLEY and replied "Him!"
           During the band's 36-year long career, ZZ Top have enjoyed considerable Top 40 success with songs such as "Tush", "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Legs", "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Cheap Sunglasses". ZZ Top will embark on an extensive 24-week tour of North America next month.
Gretsch Guitars "Billy-Bo" Guitar webpage: http://www.gretschguitars.com/news/billy-bo.html
ZZ Top official website: http://www.zztop.com/


Update: May 12, 2005
           Norma-Jean Richardson aka Duchess, fondly-remembered member of the BO DIDDLEY band between the years 1962 and 1966, died on Saturday April 30th in Fontana, CA.
           BO DIDDLEY was very saddened by the news that Duchess ... his "Play Sister" ... had passed away. "Norma-Jean was my first sidekick," he said, "...we did everything together. She was like family, which was why I told everyone she was my sister. There was no one else like her and I will miss her very much. I hadn't seen Duchess in so many years, but then she surprised me at a show in California last July. I'm so glad we had the chance to spend some time together again before she left this Earth".
           BO DIDDLEY would like to thank the MusiCares organization for¬İassisting him in handling the funeral arrangements for Duchess and encourages all his fans to support their wonderful charity. The tragic health and financial hardships faced by too many members of the music profession prompted the Recording Academy's establishment of the MusiCares Foundation in 1989. For more information about the MusiCares Foundation, please visit their webpage located at http://www.grammy.com/musicares


Update: May 7, 2005
           BO DIDDLEY will be performing this Sunday, (Mother's Day, May 8th), at the House of Blues, 329 N Dearborn in Chicago, IL at the inaugural "Jammin' The Blues" fundraiser for the Koko Taylor Celebrity Aid Foundation. Other performers set to appear at the show include Otis Clay, Melvia "Chick" Rodgers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Slackdaddies Blues Band, Koko Taylor and Nellie "Tiger" Travis.
           The mission of the non-profit Koko Taylor Celebrity Aid Foundation is to provide struggling and impoverished members of the arts and entertainment industry with everything from career counseling on topics such as insurance, health care and alcohol and drug problems, to help with rent and medical bills. Sunday evening's benefit will specifically aid Chicago performers Cicero Blake and Willie Kent.
           Tickets for the 18+ show, which begins at 7.00pm on Sunday, are priced at $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP (which includes reception). Tel: (312) 559-1212 or (312) 923-2000.


update: May 6, 2005
           We were very saddened to receive the news that Norma-Jean Richardson aka Duchess, fondly-remembered member of the BO DIDDLEY band between the years 1962 and 1966, died at 4.00am local time this morning (Saturday) in hospital in Fontana, CA.
           Born Norma-Jean Wofford in Pittsburgh, PA, BO DIDDLEY taught her to play and how to emulate his sound on the electric guitar. Contrary to speculation during the time that she was a member of his band, Norma- Jean and BO DIDDLEY were not related.
           Given the stage name Duchess by BO DIDDLEY, she joined his band on electric guitar and vocals just prior to the recording of the "Bo Diddley & Company" LP in 1962 and appearing on the front cover of the album sleeve.
           The following year she played on the classic live "Bo Diddley's Beach Party" LP, before undertaking BO DIDDLEY's debut UK tour in the fall of 1963, along with the Everly Brothers, Little Richard and the then newly-formed Rolling Stones, followed by a second tour of the UK in the fall of 1965.
           Notable TV and movie appearances for BO DIDDLEY and Duchess included the Clay Cole TV show and "The Big TNT Show" movie and two appearances on the popular "Ready Steady Go!" UK TV music show.
           Duchess was also immortalised in song at the time by Eric Burdon in the Animals' recording "The Story of Bo Diddley":
           He turned around the Duchess And he said, "Hey Duchess...what do you think of these young guys Doin' our material?" She said, "I don't know. I only came across here To see the Changin' of the Guards and all that jazz."
           (Words and music: Eric Burdon/Ellas McDaniel)
           This message from Norma-Jean's long-time friend Ritzy Lee of the singing group The Del-Vikings:
           "I am very saddened by this news, because in the 40 or more years that I have known Norma-Jean, I have never seen or heard anything about her or the life she lived that was not GOOD. She not only loved playing the guitar, but loved as well the reception that she experienced from all of the BO DIDDLEY fans around the world. And she expounded on that fact many, many times to me during our various conversations over the years. Norma-Jean Richardson was truly The Duchess of Rock and Roll".
           We send our sincere condolences to Norma-Jean's family and friends at this very sad time.


update: April 19, 2005
           Fans may be interested to know that there will be another opportunity to hear "The Chess Story" radio documentary, first broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the year 2000.
           Narrated by Marshall Chess and with contributions from such British rock luminaries as Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Bill Wyman, the 4 half-hour programs document the story and importance of the Chess record label in the development of electric blues and rock & roll music and the influence that the label's artists including BO DIDDLEY, Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, had on British musicians in the rhythm & blues boom of the 1960s.
           "6 Music Plays It Again - The Chess Story" will be broadcast on the BBC 6 Music DAB digital radio service over the course of the 4 evenings of Tuesday April 26th, Wednesday April 27th, Thursday April 28th and Monday May 2nd between 9.30pm-10.00pm BST (8.30pm-9.00pm GMT/UTC).
           Listeners around the world can also listen on-line to the shows streamed as RealMedia via the BBC Radio Player, either by visiting the BBC 6 Music "6 Music Plays It Again" webpage located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/inthearchive/ and clicking the "Listen Live" link or for an additional 7 days after each show has aired by clicking the "Listen Again To This Show" link.
           BBC 6 Music "6 Music Plays It Again" webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/inthearchive/


update: April 7, 2005
           BO DIDDLEY is included in "Rolling Stone" magazine's updated listing of "The Immortals - The 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time". The 100 artists chosen were voted for by a number of performers and movie and music luminaries including BO DIDDLEY, Jackson Browne, Chuck D, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, The Edge, Art Garfunkel, Billy Gibbons, Don Henley, Chrissie Hynde, Keith Richards, Smokey Robinson, Carlos Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Quentin Tarantino, Pete Townshend and Jerry Wexler.
           The list is included in a special issue of the magazine published tomorrow (Friday) to mark 50 years of rock & roll. In previous special issues of "Rolling Stone" published to mark rock & roll's 50th anniversary, the magazine named BO DIDDLEY as one of "The Immortals - The 50 Greatest Artists of All-Time" and included his songs "Bo Diddley", "Who Do You Love" and "I'm A Man" amongst its "500 Greatest Songs of All-Time".
"Rolling Stone" magazine website: http://www.rollingstone.com/


update: April 1, 2005
           BO DIDDLEY's recent interview on the "Jay & The Doctor" breakfast show on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) triple j music network is now available to download in MP3 format from the show's "Listen" page, located at: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/jayandthedoctor/listen/default.htm.
           The interview was originally broadcast in Australia on Wednesday morning (March 30th). We are delighted to be able to announce that BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band received a rapturous welcome from the fans in Australia during their recent tour there. Writing in "The Age", Melbourne's leading quality newspaper, Patrick Donovan reports today (Friday) that: "Last weekend, 76-year-old rock guitar "originator" BO DIDDLEY defied sceptics who accused him of being a one-trick pony by playing a genre-defying set of funk, soul, doo wop, psychedelic rock, country, rap - and his signature BO DIDDLEY blues beat".
           BO DIDDLEY and the Debby Hastings Band are shortly to take their 50th anniversary tour on to Europe, with shows in England, Ireland, Finland, Czech Republic, Italy, The Netherlands, France, Croatia and Slovenia, before returning to the US to perform coast to coast throughout the remainder of 2005. Fans are invited to check with the Forthcoming Appearances page of the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website for details.
"Jay & The Doctor" breakfast show
"The Age" newspaper.


update: March 31, 2005
           The winners of the 2004 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have been announced. The prestigious panel of judges, which included BO DIDDLEY, Clint Black, Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Macy Gray, David Hidalgo, Taj Mahal and Branford Marsalis, judged submissions on the basis of creativity, originality, lyrics, melody and composition in a number of different categories including blues, instrumental, jazz, R&B/hip hop and rock.
           We send our warmest congratulations to Virginia "Gin" Wigmore, aged 18, of Auckland, New Zealand whose songs "Hallelujah" won the grand prize in the competition and "Angelfire" in the teen category and to all of the winners in each of the other song categories.
           The mission of the Nashville, TN-based annual songwriting contest is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional international arena. To see the complete list of 2004 winners, please visit the ISC website's winners' page, located at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.htm and click on the song titles to hear the winning songs. The judging panel for the 2005 competition will be announced shortly.
International Songwriting Competition (ISC)


update: March 29, 2005
           The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 2 show "Suzi Quatro: Rockin' With Suzi Q", which features a blend of the best American music from the rock & roll era of the 1950s and early 1960s, on Thursday April 7th between 9.00pm-10.00pm BST, (8.00pm-9.00pm GMT/UTC), will recall the release 50 years ago of BO DIDDLEY's debut single "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" (Checker 814). The show's weekly "Golden Anniversary" feature celebrates the 50th anniversary of a key moment in rock & roll history.
           Listeners around the world can listen on-line to the show streamed as RealMedia either by visiting the BBC Radio 2 "Suzi Quatro: Rockin' With Suzi Q" webpage located at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/quatro and clicking the "Listen Live" link or for an additional 7 days after the show has aired by clicking the "Listen Again To This Show" link.
           In related news, visitors to the popular DigitalDreamDoor.com website have recently nominated "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" into Number 1 position in the website's "100 Greatest Rock Debut Singles" music list. The singles that make up the list were chosen and ranked based upon their initial and lasting popularity and their impact and influence on rock & roll and its related genres.
           In recent months, visitors to the DigitalDreamDoor.com website have nominated BO DIDDLEY and his recordings in many other categories, including as one of the "100 Greatest Artists of Rock", one of the "100 Most Influential Rock & Roll Artists" and as one of the "100 Greatest Rock Guitarists"; nominated his song "Bo Diddley" as one of the "100 Greatest Rock Songs", one of the "100 Greatest R&B/Soul Songs" and as one of the "100 Greatest Rock Guitar Riffs" and nominated his 1958 album "Bo Diddley" and his 1960 album "Have Guitar-Will Travel" amongst the "100 Greatest Rock Guitar Albums" and his 1960 album "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" as one of the "100 Greatest Rock Albums of the 1960s".
BBC Radio 2 "Suzi Quatro: Rockin' With Suzi Q
DigitalDreamDoor.com


update: March 22, 2005
           A reminder to fans living in Australia that BO DIDDLEY & the Debby Hastings Band are set to perform twice on the Crossroads Stage over 2 consecutive days this Easter, (Good Friday and Easter Saturday), at the 16th annual East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival being held at Red Devil Park in Byron Bay, New South Wales.
           On Easter Sunday (27th), they will be appearing at the Prince of Wales nightclub in Melbourne and on Wednesday March 30th, at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney.
           To mark BO DIDDLEY's appearance at this weekend's music festival, Warners Music in Australia have included his recording of his song "Who Do You Love" amongst the 38 tracks on the official album of the 2005 Festival, available this week on Warners 2CD-5046772192.
           BO DIDDLEY is also scheduled to be interviewed by Jordie Kilby, host of the "Roots 'n All" radio program heard over the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) "triple j" national music network, beginning at 11.00pm local time (noon GMT/UTC) this Thursday (24th). "Roots 'n All" is a weekly 2-hour program broadcast from Sydney, featuring the best in blues, folk, jazz, country, soul, reggae and world music.
           The "Roots 'n All" shows are also available to listeners around the world on-line either via live simulcast audio stream or audio on demand streaming, using the free versions of RealPlayer or Windows media, by visiting the ABC's "Roots 'n All" radio program webpage, located at: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/roots/default.htm The shows remain on-line for one week after broadcast.
           Fans living in the Sunshine Coast district of Queensland may also be interested to know that the following day, (Good Friday), a number of performers at this weekend's music festival are lined-up to be interviewed by Gerry Blain, the host of the popular weekly "Chillblain's Port & Cornflakes" blues show, broadcast between 6.00am-9.00am local time on Noosa Community Radio 4NSA 101.3FM in Tewantin, Queensland.
           Please note that all the interview dates and times listed above are subject to change.
2005 East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival

Noosa Community Radio


update: March 19, 2005
           BO DIDDLEY's landmark November 1955 appearance on Ed Sullivan's "Toast Of The Town" CBS-TV show is included in a new movie titled "Rock Is Fifty!", a newly-created compilation of pioneering early rock performances from "The Ed Sullivan Show" from the years 1955-1960. Produced by Andrew Solt and Martin Lewis for Sofa Entertainment, the movie also features "The Ed Sullivan Show" debuts of Bill Haley & His Comets, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.
         &nb This movie will be screened daily (except Mondays) at the New York Museum of TV & Radio, 25 West 52nd St. in New York, NY from Wednesday March 23rd to Sunday April 24th inc. at 1.30pm and also daily (except Mondays & Tuesdays) at the Los Angeles Museum of TV & Radio, 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA from Wednesday March 30th to Sunday April 24th inc. at 12.30pm.
         &nb Additionally, a gallery exhibit of posters, artifacts and photographs titled " Rock Is Fifty! A Celebration of an Era from The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum" is being staged between Wednesday March 30th and Sunday July 10th inc. at the Los Angeles Museum of TV & Radio.
         &nb In the year 2000, BO DIDDLEY's performance of his song "Bo Diddley" on Ed Sullivan's "Toast Of The Town" TV show was included in VH1's listing of the "100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments On TV".
Museum of TV & Radio website.


update: March 15, 2005
           In joint celebration of rock & roll's 50th anniversary and the 20th birthday of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, BO DIDDLEY and his bass player Debby Hastings joined forces on-stage with Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Orchestra led by Paul Shaffer to play a rousing version of "Bo Diddley" at last night's (Monday) 2005 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, NY.
           The 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "Performer" Inductees were Buddy Guy, the O'Jays, the Pretenders, Percy Sledge and U2. The Inductees in the "Lifetime Achievement in the Non-Performer" category were Frank Barsalona and Seymour Stein.
           The evening was taped by VH1, which will broadcast a 2-hour highlights special this Saturday (19th) beginning at 9.00pm ET/PT.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum website.
VH1 website.


update: March 14, 2005
           To mark both the 50th anniversary of BO DIDDLEY's debut recording session this month plus BO DIDDLEY's good friend Ronnie Hawkins' recent 70th birthday, DJ Al "Cool Daddy" Smith in Brompton, Ontario, Canada has put together a special tribute edition of his popular monthly program for the Rock-it Radio rockin' oldies Internet broadcaster.
           This special tribute program, which includes a number of rarely-broadcast BO DIDDLEY tracks including "Bo's Bounce", "Traveling West", "Signifying Blues" and "Limber", will be available to listeners for approximately the next 10 days only, by visiting the Archives Page of the Rock-it Radio website, located at http://www.palmsradio.com/rockittext.htm
           This program is Rock-it Radio Show #1235, Al "Cool Daddy" Smith's tribute to BO DIDDLEY, Ronnie Hawkins and early Canadian rock & roll, and is available to listeners around the world 24/7 via the RealPlayer audio player available for free download from RealNetworks.com and by clicking on the Rock-it Radio Show #1235 link on the Rock-it Radio Archives Page.
Rock-it Radio rockin' oldies website.
Rock-it Radio website Archives Page.
RealNetworks.com website.


update: March 5, 2005
           As we previously reported, BO DIDDLEY and an all-star band are set to headline the gala opening of the premiere exhibit "That Great Gretsch Sound" being held at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Macon, GA next Thursday (March 10th).
           The exhibit, which opened in January, features select historic and current Gretsch models of instruments used by musicians including Chet Atkins, George Harrison, Brian Setzer and Charlie Watts.
           Next week's gala opening night will launch a two-year Founders' Celebration in honor of Gretsch founder Friedrich Gretsch, his son Fred Gretsch Sr. and grandson Fred Gretsch Jr. and includes a ribbon cutting, a reception and concert headlined by BO DIDDLEY, featuring special guest appearances by Randy Bachman on guitar, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Chuck Leavell on keyboards.
           Tickets for this gala opening, which begins at 7.00pm next Thursday evening, cost $100 for guests and $75 for Georgia Music Hall of Fame members. For ticket information, call 478-750-8555 ext. 101. Honored guests are set to include the Director of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum and the Head of Fender Guitars.
           In 1955, BO DIDDLEY made his first recordings on a Gretsch Firebird electric guitar. A couple of years later, Gretsch made him a guitar in the shape of an arrow, the first of many custom-built guitars they were to go on to make for him. In 1958 came his famous "Big B" rectangle- shaped guitar, followed by a matching pair of Gretsch rocket-tail shaped guitars in 1962.
           Georgia-based Gretsch Guitars currently manufacture the popular G6138 Bo Diddley Artist Signature Model in their Professional Collection along with the G5810 Bo Diddley and G5850 Mini Diddley Artist Signature Models in their Electromatic Collection.
Georgia Music Hall of Fame website: http://www.gamusichall.com/
Gretsch Musical Instruments website: http://www.gretsch.com/


update: Feb. 23, 2005
           For those of you who were unable to join last week's very successful Soul-Patrol.com website live on-line chat with BO DIDDLEY, we have now edited the transcript of the 90-minute session to give you a brief summary of some of the comments and questions that were put to him by his fans and admirers.
           An edited transcript of the BO DIDDLEY Soul-Patrol on-line chat session is now available within the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator website's Forum at http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/guestbook.html and then by clicking on the "Enter My Forum" button.
           Special thanks to Soul-Patrol.com CEO Bob Davis, Soul-Patrol.Net Radio presenter and chat room host Nightrain, Wolfgang Guhl and the many fans across the US and around the world who made last week's chat session such a success.
           Next up in the Soul-Patrol Chat Room will be the popular Chicago soul group the Chi-Lites, coming up this Thursday (February 24th), beginning at 10.00pm EST.


update: Feb. 21, 2005
           As we have previously informed you, a number of broadcast and on-line music programs around the world are planning special shows and features during the months of February and March to mark the 50th anniversary of BO DIDDLEY's debut recording session.
           One of these specials is billed as a 2-hour "BO DIDDLEY Blast-O-Rama: 2 hours of BO DIDDLEY classics and covers in homage to the Originator". In addition to BO DIDDLEY, the playlist includes bands such as the Animals, Beavers, Downliners Sect, Hard Feelings, Jack Horner & The Plums, Juveniles, Pretty Things, Rovin' Flames, Shadows of Knight, Sonics and Thee Milkshakes.
           Originally aired earlier this month, this special is now due to be rebroadcast by popular demand on the "Rock & Roll Radio" program over radio station WUSC 90.5 FM on Wednesday March 2nd between 8.00pm-10.00 pm EST (1.00am-3.00am GMT/UTC Thursday March 3rd).
           WUSC 90.5 FM free-form alternative station is the student-run station of the University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus and is available to listeners around the world via audio stream webcast by visiting the station's website and clicking on the "Listen" link.
WUSC 90.5 FM website: http://wusc.sc.edu
"Rock & Roll Radio" program website: http://rnrradio.com/


update: Feb. 17, 2005
           Our thanks to all the many fans around the world who helped to make BO DIDDLEY's Soul-Patrol on-line chat session yesterday evening such a resounding success. A special note of thanks to his many fans in Europe, for whom it was the early hours of Thursday morning.
           This message from Soul-Patrol.com CEO Bob Davis: It was an AWESOME chat session, providing for us a valuble history lesson! Here are some of the topics that Bo took us to school on ... Culture banditry, origins of rock & roll, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, history of Chess Records, P-Funk/Bernie Worrell, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Ed Sullivan, Bo's new projects, hypocrisy of record companies, Sun Ra, Harvey Fuqua & the Moonglows, Marvin Gaye, Sylvia Robinson, the rock & roll industry, his recent performance at BB King's in NYC and more.
           Bo came about 1/2 hr early and hung out with us in the Soul-Patrol Chat Room for 1.5 hrs answering questions, providing commentary and talking sh*t.
           It was truly one of the best times that I have spent on the Internet. Frank Massini of Danny & the Juniors ("At The Hop") joined in as a special surprise guest! The session was further enhanced by what seems to be developing into a regular crew of about 15 - 20 chatters from across the country and around the world, including a young lady from Munich, Germany who turned us on to her AWESOME Chuck Berry website @ http://www.chuckberry.de.
           Also having Bo Diddley's music being streamed into the Chat Room during the session was helpful for those who either had a limited knowledge about Bo Diddley or had forgotten about his music. It helped to spur questions from chatters and it generated commentary from Bo himself with respect to certain songs.
           "HalfandHalf" (Greer Brooks Muldoon) also joined us for the first time and told us about the weekly series of Black Music History Trivia Chat sessions that she will be hosting starting in March in the Soul-Patrol Chat Room. She will be awarding CD's as prizes for the winners. (Stay tuned for details) For me personally it's wonderful to see such great discussion taking place as a result of the convergence of so many different types of music fans. My view is that these types of conversations/dialogue are a part of what is sorely lacking on the current Internet scene. Too much of the conversation these days is either "one way" or "I only want to talk about one artist/style". This has led to a rather insular, narrow & elitist view of the music and the culture, that needs to have a much wider and accurate perspective. Our concept is to cover ALL of the artists/styles in black music (past, present and future). My objective is to try to utilize chat/Internet radio technology and change this current trend. My view is that black music is far too splintered as it is...
           Anyhow... My thanks to Bo Diddley and his crew (Scott Free and David Blakey) for their assistance.


update: Feb. 14, 2005
           Fans living in the Pacific Northwest region of the US may be interested to know that as part of his special 50th anniversary tour, BO DIDDLEY is to headline the 6th annual one-day American Music At The Mill concert to be held in the town of Packwood, WA on Saturday June 25th.
           It has been announced that all proceeds from ticket sales for the show, which showcases rock & roll, bluegrass and country & western music, will go to gifts and supplies for the families of Stryker Brigade troops currently serving in Iraq. Fort Lewis Garrison, which is situated near the town of Packwood in Washington State, is home to three of the US Army's new rapid deploy Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.
           The show will be preceded by a patriotic opening ceremony that will include the First Corps Command Color Guard from Fort Lewis presenting the Colors and a choir rendition of the National Anthem.
           Further information about the concert can be obtained from the Destination Packwood Association website, located at http://www.destinationpackwood.com/


update: Feb. 7, 2005
           To mark US Black History Month 2005, the popular Soul-Patrol.com website is to host a special on-line chat session with BO DIDDLEY beginning at 10.00pm EST next Wednesday (February 16th), (03.00am GMT/UTC on Thursday February 17th).
           Fans and their families around the world wishing to take up this very special opportunity to chat live and on-line with BO DIDDLEY about music, history, culture and more should visit the Soul-Patrol Chat Room, located at http://www.soul-patrol.com/chat/ shortly before 10.00pm EST next Wednesday February 16th (03.00am GMT/UTC on Thursday February 17th) and submit a valid e-mail address and their Zip code to enter the Chat Room. Soul-Patrol.Net Radio will also be broadcasting the music of BO DIDDLEY directly into the Chat Room for the duration of this chat session.
           In order to enjoy the full Soul-Patrol Chat Room experience you will need to have the Macromedia Flash Player and RealPlayer installed. Both are free downloads and are available from http://www.macromedia.com/ and http://www.real.com/ respectively. Soul-Patrol is a series of Internet resources focused on soul, funk, jazz and blues music and culture of the 1950s thru 1980s.
           Do not miss this special opportunity to chat on-line with BO DIDDLEY on Wednesday February 16th, beginning at 10.00pm EST.
Soul-Patrol website: www.soul-patrol.com/
Soul-Patrol Chat Room: www.soul-patrol.com/chat


     .        Bo's Bio

Ellas McDaniel a/k/a
Bo Diddley, 1928-2008

         June 2, 2008 - It is with profound regret that we announce that Bo Diddley died of heart failure today (Monday) at his home in Archer, FL. He was 79.
         He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. He had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.
         One of the founding fathers of rock & roll, a truly unique talent and an influence upon generations of musicians, Ellas' commitment to issues close to his heart, including human rights, the state of the Nation, homelessness, unemployment and the importance of education, touched many people across America and beyond.
         Born to entertain, he was a man of great innovation and energy. The Bo Diddley beat, his trademark square guitars, his pioneering use of female musicians and his exciting and highly idiosyncratic performances over five decades, form part of his lasting legacy.
         Ellas leaves behind his devoted family, their fine families and fans and admirers around the world that join them in honoring a good life of kindness and musical vision.






-David Blakey
           Ever heard "I Want Candy" or "Not Fade Away" or "Willie & The Hand Jive", Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame" or U2's "Desire" or George Michael's "Faith"? If you have, then you've heard the "Bo Diddley beat"; the most famous beat in the world!
           One of the founding fathers of rock & roll, Bo Diddley's innovative pounding and hypnotic Latin-tinged beat, his vast array of electric custom-built guitars, his use of reverb, tremelo and distortion to make his guitars talk, mumble and roar, his use of female musicians, his wild stage shows and his on-record and on-stage rapping, pre-date all others.
           Bo Diddley was born Ellas Bates on Sunday December 30th 1928 on a small farm near the town of McComb, Mississippi, USA, in rural Pike County, close to the Louisiana border, the only child of Ethel Wilson and Eugene Bates. He had 3 half-brothers and a half-sister.
           He was adopted by his mother's cousin, Mrs. Gussie McDaniel, along with his cousins Willis, Lucille and Freddie, and adopted the name Ellas McDaniel. In the mid-1930's the family moved to the south side of Chicago. Soon after, he began to take violin lessons from Professor O.W. Frederick at the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. He studied the violin for twelve years, composing 2 concertos for the instrument.
           For Christmas in 1940, his sister Lucille bought him his first guitar, a cheap Harmony acoustic. It was at this time that he acquired the nickname "Bo Diddley" ("...Bo Diddley is me; to tell ya the truth, I don't know what it (the name) really is...") from his fellow pupils at the Foster Vocational High School in Chicago.
           The newly-named Bo Diddley had long been fascinated by the rhythms that he heard coming from the sanctified churches. A frustrated drummer, he tried to translate the sounds that he heard into his own style. Gradually he began to duplicate what he did with his violin bow by rapidly flicking his pick across his guitar strings. "I play the guitar as if I'm playing the drums....I play drum licks on the guitar." He continued to practice the guitar through his early teens.
           Shortly before leaving school he formed his first group, a trio named The Hipsters, later known as The Langley Avenue Jive Cats, after the Chicago street where he lived. Upon graduation he pursued a variety of low paid occupations including truck driving, building site work and boxing, playing locally with his group to supplement his income. In 1950 maracas player Jerome Green joined the group, followed a year later by harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold.
           After more than a decade of playing on street corners and in clubs around Chicago, Bo Diddley finally got the chance to cut a demo of 2 songs that he had written; "Uncle John" and "I'm A Man". After various rejections from local record labels, (most notably Vee-Jay), in the spring of 1955 he took the recordings to brothers Leonard and Phil Chess, owners of Chess Records, with studios located at 4750-2 South Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago. They suggested that he changed the title and the lyrics of "Uncle John" to more reflect his own unique personality.
           The 2 songs were re-recorded at Bill Putnam's Universal Recording Studio at 111 East Ontario in Chicago on Wednesday March 2nd 1955 and released as a double A-side disc "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" on the Chess Records subsidiary label Checker Records. It went straight to the top of the rhythm 'n' blues charts, establishing Bo Diddley as one of the most exciting and original new talents in American music. It is later hailed as one of the most influential debut singles in history and one of the cornerstones of rock music.
           Inspired by musicians such as Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker, Nat "King" Cole and Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley was now set to help shape and define the sound and presentation of rock music for all-time. From Elvis Presley to George Thorogood, from The Rolling Stones to ZZ Top, from The Doors to The Clash, from Buddy Holly to Prince and from The Everly Brothers to Run DMC, all acknowledged the unique influences of Bo Diddley upon their different styles of music.
           Now in his mid-70s, Bo Diddley is still very much active in the recording studio and in the clubs and concert halls around the world. He performed a rousing version of his classic song "Who Do You Love" with George Thorogood & The Destroyers in front of a TV audience of millions at the Live Aid Concert in Philadelphia in 1985. A couple of years later he was deservedly an early inductee into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. In 1996 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm 'n' Blues Foundation and in 1999 he received another Lifetime Achievement Award, this time from The Recording Academy at that year's annual Grammy Awards Ceremony. At the turn of the century, his 1955 debut recording of his song "Bo Diddley" was nominated as one of the 365 songs of the century, named as one of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that shaped rock & roll and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a recording of lasting qualitative or historical significance, whilst his 1955 recording of his song "I'm A Man" was included in NPR's list of the 300 most important American musical works of the 20th Century. In recent years, yet further honors have been justifiably awarded to him when he was inducted into The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, The North Florida Music Association Hall of Fame, presented with a Pioneer In Entertainment Award by The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and in 2002, along with Chuck Berry and Little Richard, received an inaugural BMI Icon Award in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.
           A couple of years later, in 2004, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame and Mickey & Sylvia's 1956 recording of his song "Love Is Strange" inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a recording of lasting qualitative or historical significance.
           That same year, in special issues marking 50 years of rock & roll, Rolling Stone magazine named him as one of The Immortals - the 50 greatest artists of all-time and named his songs "Bo Diddley", "Who Do You Love" and "I'm A Man" amongst its 500 greatest songs of all-time.
           Currently (2005) on a world-wide tour celebrating his 50th anniversary in music, in the words of one of his many famous eponymous songs, "Bo Diddley Put The Rock in Rock & Roll" and remember ... Bo Knows!


Recommended Listening:
"Bo Diddley - His Best" (MCA/Chess) Released in 1997 as part of the Chess 50th Anniversary Collection, this 20 track CD includes nearly all his classic songs.

Worth Seeking Out:
"Bo Diddley's Beach Party" (Checker) Recorded in Myrtle Beach, SC over the 4th of July holiday weekend in 1963 and not yet widely available on CD, this album is one of the earliest rock music live remote recordings and certainly one of the most exciting and atmospheric.

Fan Club/Website:
http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/index.html The BO DIDDLEY-The Originator authorized website, a Celebration of Bo Diddley's unique contribution to Popular Music and the most detailed and accurate source of information about Bo Diddley on the web. 1955 to 2005 - Celebrating 50 Years In Music!


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