Relive 5 Songs Popularized By Bo Diddley

Relive 5 Songs Popularized By Bo Diddley | Society Of Rock Videos

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The Originator

Bo Diddley was an innovator and a trailblazer. He helped paved the way for artists like The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and the Clash. His signature beat became a cornerstone of rock, pop, and hip-hop music. Throughout his career, he churned out classic hits that stood the test of time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.

Apart from that, he’s also known for his use of unique-looking guitars. Now here are five of his most popular songs.

5. “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover”

It’s hypnotic and it’s hard not to fall in love with the song at first listen. It was written by Willie Dixon and interestingly, this doesn’t have the Bo Diddley beat. Nevertheless, it’s a popular tune that has been covered numerous times.

4. “Pretty Thing”

That intro alone already hooks you in. It’s also one of his two songs which made it to the UK Singles Chart. An English rock band actually named themselves after the song.

3. “Who Do You Love?”

One of his most enduring tracks, it’s an upbeat rock number. The idea for it came to him when he heard a group of kids trying to out-brag each other. He said, “It was like an African chant, and I wanted words that would suit it.”

2. “Road Runner”

This 12-bar blues song was covered by the Animals, the Zombies, and even The Who. This song alone influenced countless artists in the ’60s.

1. “Bo Diddley”

It uses his signature beat and it became the first recording which incorporated African rhythms into rock ‘n roll. It’s one of the tracks that made him a legend.

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