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Bo Diddley's musical inspiration

Hey, Bo Diddley... is in Canada! As we hear in this 1972 clip from Weekday, the guitar icon loves playing Toronto, and even says he might move there if it weren't for the cold weather. As the music legend cruises to his gig in a convertible, he tells a clearly enthralled interviewer about his musical inspiration. To cap it off, the two jam to an improvised song about peace.
Bo Diddley was born Elias Bates McDaniel in McComb, Miss. He moved to Chicago at age five, where kids gave him his famous moniker.
  Diddley started playing guitar on Chicago street corners, and became famous in 1955 for his hit Bo Diddley. The electric guitar pioneer was renowned for rock and blues staples such as Who Do You Love and I'm a Man. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Medium: Television
Program: Weekday
Broadcast Date: June 20, 1972
Guest(s): Bo Diddley
Duration: 4:07

Last updated: February 2, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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