Ed Driscoll

Bo Diddley Suffers Stroke

The San Jose Mercury News reports:

Four days after suffering a stroke, Bo Diddley walked around the intensive-care unit at Creighton University Medical Center, and doctors were encouraged that the singer-songwriter-guitarist would be able to perform again, his manager said.

The 78-year-old Diddley told his audience that he wasn’t feeling well during a show in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday night. Diddley’s manager, Margo Lewis, said she had the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer taken to the hospital by ambulance when he appeared disoriented at the Omaha airport on Sunday.

I saw Bo Diddley in Philadelphia (where this watch is still worth fifty dollars) in the mid-1980s, when he played in a small, funky bar during his endless touring. His namesake rhythm, the “Bo Diddley Beat”, which is sort of