Bo Diddley, R.I.P.: Time to Watch Some Videos


It’s the way of the world: Another raucous, irreplaceable rock ‘n’ roll innovator dies, and we all run straight to YouTube. Time to do it again, alas: The great Bo Diddley died of heart failure this morning at 79. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of footage of the affable guitar god flinging bolts of lightning from an axe that basically looks like a coffee table. So let’s do it.

Initial slide up the neck here is totally badass.

It’s understandable if you’re so mesmerized by the dancers here that you don’t even notice Bo at all.

Watch the host dance after he finally finishes his intro.

And just for the hell of it, we’ll end with the great Jackson/Diddley Bo summit.