December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008
Ellas Otha Bates has shuffled of, in 5/4, this mortal coil
The Bo Diddley beat has been used by many other artists, notably Elvis Presley ("His Latest Flame"); Bruce Springsteen ("She's The One"); U2 ("Desire"); The Smiths ("How Soon Is Now?"); Roxette ("Harleys And Indians (Riders In The Sky)"); Dee Clark, a former member of the Hambone Kids (see above) ("Hey Little Girl"); Johnny Otis ("Willie and the Hand Jive"); George Michael ("Faith"); Normaal ("Kearl van stoahl"); The Strangeloves ("I Want Candy"); Ace Frehley ("New York Groove"); Guns N' Roses ("Mr. Brownstone"); David Bowie ("Panic in Detroit"); The Pretenders ("Cuban Slide"); The Police ("Deathwish"); Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders ("The Game of Love"); The Supremes ("When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes"); Jefferson Airplane ("She Has Funny Cars"); The White Stripes ("Screwdriver"); The Byrds ("Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe"); Tiny Letters ("Song For Jerome Green") and The Stooges ("1969").They left out a few, but considering he had his first hit before I was born it's understandable.
I don't know, or even want to go, to that heaven preachers shout about
But if my dying I can't defeat, let me go out to the Bo Diddley beat
Go out, go out,
Let me go out to the Bo Diddley beat.
(Hey, who's that guy with his back to us in the corner playin' trumpet?
That's God man, he thinks he's Miles.)
Bo Diddley will be in good company for his next gig.