Though considered a founding father of Rock ‘N Roll, Bo Diddley’s roots are deep in the blues. Bo Diddley has had more of an impact on music as we know it today than perhaps any other individual. Here are some photos that pay tribute to this icon of music. “Bo Knows!”
Jerome Green, Duchess, Bo Diddley.
Promotional flyer for a Bo Diddley gig at Phoenix’s Mason Jar – Late 1990s
Johnny Rapp, Bo Diddley, Chico Chism, Bob Corritore
The Mason Jar in Phoenix, Arizona
(Photos by Franco Gagliani)
Bo Diddley and Jerome Green
Duchess and Bo Diddley.
Bo Diddley, Duchess, Jerome Green.
Bo Diddley, posing with a balalaika in a music shop on Shaftesbury Lane, London, England; September 24th, 1965. (Photo by Tony Gale/Pictorial Press-Cache Agency)
Bo Diddley at the Diamond Club, Dayton, Ohio.
The Bo Diddley Band with Little Richard shaking the tambourine. This from a 1963 U.K. package tour.
Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, and Julie Grant. Photo 1963, Birmingham, U.K.
British Blues photographer Brian Smith holding the maracas backstage with Bo Diddley, Manchester, October 1963.
Bo Diddley and Duchess (born Norma-Jean Wofford) get ready to go onstage circa mid-1964 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Photo by Don Paulsen.
Bo Diddley in 1963 with a 1965 signature. Photo by Brian Smith.
Bo Diddley and band. Photo Michael Ochs Archives.
Bo Diddley on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ TV show (Birmingham). ABC TV pics.
Bo Diddley and Duchess on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ TV show (Birmingham). ABC TV Pics.
Bo Diddley with Duchess, Manchester 1965. Photo by Brian Smith.
Bo Diddley in a music shop on Shaftesbury Lane, London, England; September 24th, 1965. (Photo by Tony Gale/Pictorial Press-Cache Agency)
Phil Chess, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Bo Diddley for Chess Records’ “Super Blues” Session at Ter Mar Studios, Chicago, in January, 1967.
Bo Diddley the hairdresser! Photo Michael Ochs Archives.
Bo Diddley frying chicken in the dressing room before a concert in 1972. Photo Don Paulsen.
Late 1980s Bo Diddley Promo Photo
Bo Diddley with fangs, 1970. Photo Robert Altman.
Bo Diddley in session at Tempest Recorders. Photo Jim Wells.
Bo Diddley and Bob Corritore at Tempest Recording. Photo Jim Wells.
Bo Diddley and Bob Corritore performing at the Mason Jar, Phoenix. Photo Daniel Burnette.
Bo Diddley in concert at the Pony Express, Phoenix, mid-1980s with Bob Corritore (left) and Jerome Teasley (drums on right).
Bo Diddley illustration by Jo Almeida.
Illustration by Vince Ray