BO DIDDLEY Tribute at 51st Annual Grammy Awards
Posted by Michael Mueller on February 5, 2009 at 11:15 AM
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards show, which will be held on Sunday, February 8th, at 8:00 PM EST and broadcast on CBS, has announced a special musical tribute to the late Bo Diddley. Set to perform are current Grammy nominees Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, and Keith Urban. Diddley passed away June 2, 2008. He was 79.
Arguably the true father of rock 'n' roll (preluding both Little Richard and Elvis Presley), Diddley's biggest contribution to the burgeoning rock 'n' roll sound was the "Bo Diddley beat," the driving rhumba-like rhythm heard in songs such as "Bo Diddley" and "Who Do You Love?" and later in the work of such legends as Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, and U2. As a guitarist, he was equally famous for his signature rectangular Gretsch guitar the "Twang Machine," which he fashioned himself in 1958.
Though he recorded relatively few chart hits, Diddley's seminal role in creating and shaping the sound of rock 'n' roll was recognized with his 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He later received a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 1998.