Bo Diddley

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Bo Diddley was the pioneering rhythm and blues performer who taught the industry one main point in the early days of the electric guitar era. With his square cigar box guitar, patented by Gretsch, Bo demonstrated that, if it’s electronic, it could be any shape and size. Soon after he played the square guitar, companies such as Gibson patented other uniquely-shaped instruments such as the Flying V and Explorer. What people didn’t know were the hidden sides of Bo that made him what he was, 12 years of classical music lessons, violin building and a softer, more compassionate side. Bo’s NAMM Oral History interview was completed on June 23, 2005 (click on the image to view the video clip). Bo passed away on June 2, 2008.

Interview Date: 
June 23, 2005
Date of Birth: 
December 30, 1928
Deceased Date: 
June 2, 2008
Job Title: 
Musician, Rock and Roll Pioneer