Legendary guitarist Bo Diddley passed on today at the age of 79. One of the pioneers of rock & roll, he developed a sound that would later be reproduced by everyone from Buddy Holly to U2, working in music for over 50 years and gaining induction into the rock & roll hall of fame in 1987.
He began his musical career playing on street corners with friends, and his first recorded song became a #1 R&B hit. He was one of the first American musicians to have women in his band, and also was one of the first people to set up a home recording studio. One of his notable quotes is "I wanted to do my thing, I didn't want to do something I heard somebody else do."
If you've never listened to much Diddley, The Essential isn't a bad place to start. You can read the news of his passing here.