The Bo Diddley Beat

John Leamy and I of Dr. Mars got together this week with friends and guitarists Scott Kleber and Jory Hull. We ran through some new songs, one of which is based on the everlasting gloriousness of the BO DIDDLEY BEAT.

Here’s the originator, dig the guitar tone:

Buddy Holly loved the beat, and used it in one of his best, “Not Fade Away’:

The Rolling Stones took Holly’s lead and super-charged it (with the maracas and hand-claps and all) for their version:

Knowing their love of early rock ‘n roll, it shouldn’t have been a surprise - but it was refreshing - to hear The Clash incorporate it in their classic “Rudie Can’t Fail” (I still remember the thrill of hearing this during “Rude Boy” at the Paradise Cinema in Boston.)

By the way, “I went to the market, to realize my soul” - that line can’t be beat!

Your favorites?

Try to use the Bo Diddley beat today!

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