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Bo Diddley – a song

“Bo Diddley” is a rhythm and blues/rock and roll song first recorded and sung by Bo Diddley in 1955, the song has no chord change. It became an immediate hit. It was Bo Diddley’s first recording and his first hit single. The Bo Diddley beat, which is essentially African, was to become a backbone in Rock n Roll.

In “The Animals” “story of Bo Diddley” (1964). Eric Burdon tells the story about this Rhythm, and how it developed into Rock n Roll, from Bo Diddley to Beatles and Stones.

It was used again by Punk Hardcore band “Husker Dü” on “Hare Krsna” from their 1984 album Zen Arcade, the same song as Bo Diddely, but with different lyrics, and played with a wild acid punk flavor.

Another version of the song can be heard on “Aksak Maboul”s “Un Peu De L’Ame Des Bandits” (1979), Aksak Maboul was a Belgian Avant-Garde band founded in 1977 by Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis. In this version the track is called “A Modern Lesson [Bo Diddley]”, it transforms from the Bo Diddley rhythm, into jazz inspired avant-garde.