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THE BO DIDDLEY BEAT: The Music of Bo Diddley and His Disciples

Broadcast Feb. 7, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

To mark the passing of rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley, Paul Ingles hosts a music-intensive hour of cuts from Bo's songbook as well as songs from some of the many rock and pop stars who borrowed his famous beat. 


Along with many of Bo Diddley's signature tunes, Ingles showcases music from The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, George Thorogood, Shawn Colvin, Pete Townshend, Joe Jackson, U2 and others - all who crafted songs based on Bo Diddley's famous synchopated beat. 


In the late 1950's and early 1960's, many of his hits were characterized by an infectious beat that had its roots in West Africa but was modernized and popularized in Bo Diddley's music. Scores of musicians emulated it through the years. 


We heard the music of Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Jackson, U2, Bow Wow Wow, George Michael and Shawn Colvin - all utilizing the famous Bo Diddley rhythmic beat. 

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