Thursday, May 17, 2007

Bo Diddley: Not Fade Away

Blues legend Bo Diddley is reportedly in intensive care following a stroke which occurred over the weekend. The stroke has reportedly affected the 78-year old musician's speech and speech recognition.

Diddley is a musician's musician. He has had his songs and signature sound both covered by and influence countless musicians, most notably in Buddy Holly's 'Not Fade Away' which took on a life of its own in cover versions by The Rolling Stones as well as The Grateful Dead, who spun the song into an anthem and lovefest singalong.

Bands that covered Bo Diddley's tunes include: The Rolling Stones, The Band, The Animals, Bob Seger, The Who, The Yardbirds, George Thorogood, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Doors, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Muddy Waters, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The New York Dolls.

Your love for me got to be real
For you to know just how I feel
A love for real not fade away

I'm gonna tell you how it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
A love to last more than one day
A love that's love - not fade away
Love that's love - not fade away

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The Grateful Dead's Interpretation

The Rolling Stones Interpretation

UPDATE: Rock'n'roll pioneer Bo Diddley, hospitalized by a stroke on Sunday, was up and walking around on Thursday but still struggling to communicate, his longtime manager and friend told Reuters.

"I'm truly encouraged by the way he is responding," Margo Lewis said in an interview from the hospital in Omaha, Neb., where the 78-year-old guitarist was rushed on Sunday following a concert.

Lewis said the stroke had left Diddley with no physical disability but had affected the left side of his brain, impairing his speech and speech recognition.

Source: Billboard

1 comment:

Our love is real said...

Dark Star played 'Not Fade Away' last night at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA. The band was on fire all night, including on that tune.

Get Well Bo.