You Don’t Know Diddley

Rock and Roll legend Bo Diddley died on Monday, June 2nd. His influence cannotbe underestimated. His signature lick was a rhythmic pattern sometimes referred to as “shave and a haircut, two bits.”

You all know it. You’ve heard it countless times, as this rhythm has formed the backbone of so many great rock and roll tunes. It started with Diddley:

Here’s an example of the original “Bo Diddley” rhythm:

Here’s U2 using the rhythm in “Desire”:

The Rolling Stones used it in “Don’t Fade Away,” which is a cover of Buddy Holly’s original:

The Bow Wow Wows famous rendition of “I Want Candy” by the Strangeloves:

 “Willie and the Hand Jive” by Johnny Otis:

George Thorogood playing “Who Do You Love”:

“Faith” by George Michael:


You’ll hear it everywhere, and for that reason Bo Diddley will live on…


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