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Farewell, Bo Diddley

The news: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Spokeswoman: Rock and Roll hall of famer Bo Diddley has died at 79 in Florida.

What it's so much more than: "I'm a Man." Bo Diddley had his own beat, for pete's sake, sort of "clave goes to Mississippi and eats a ton of catfish."

Makes me homesick just thinking about it. Sing it, McComb.

Bonus: 13 songs that use the Bo Diddley beat

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Sad news, to be sure. It brought back a favorite memory of seeing him play at the Real Texas Chili Factory in Santa Barbara in 1985. He stuck around after the show to talk with a dumb and star-struck 19 year-old drummer. It made me feel cooler than I ever was (or ever will be, for that matter).

Sent by Jonathan Nichols-Pethick | 1:20 PM | 6-2-2008