Hey Bo Diddly!



Diddley Improves After Suffering Stroke

The Associated Press
Thursday, May 17, 2007; 10:53 PM

OMAHA, Neb. – Four days after suffering a stroke, Bo Diddley walked around the intensive-care unit at Creighton University Medical Center, and doctors were encouraged that the singer-songwriter-guitarist would be able to perform again, his manager said.

The 78-year-old Diddley told his audience that he wasn’t feeling well during a show in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday night. Diddley’s manager, Margo Lewis, said she had the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer taken to the hospital by ambulance when he appeared disoriented at the Omaha airport on Sunday.

Legendary musician Bo Diddley performs at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York, in this file photo from Aug. 2, 2006. The famed guitarist has been placed in intensive care after suffering a stroke in western Iowa, publicists said Wednesday May 16, 2007.

Though Diddley’s speech is impaired, he’s made significant progress.

“We’re going to get a guitar for him and put it in his lap and let him entertain people here,” Lewis said from the hospital. "People think that would be good therapy for him."

Diddley, with his black glasses and low-slung guitar, has been an icon in the music industry since he topped the R&B charts with “Bo Diddley” in 1955. His other hits include “Who Do You Love,” “Before You Accuse Me,” “Mona” and "I’m a Man."

Diddley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and was given a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1998.

Lewis said it’s uncertain how long Diddley, who has a history of hypertension and diabetes, will be hospitalized in Omaha.

He played two Saturday night shows at Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs. He planned to fly home to Archer, Fla., before starting a monthlong tour of the Midwest and United Kingdom on May 20 in Dallas.

Those shows are canceled, Lewis said, but she believes Diddley will sing again, even though he’ll require speech therapy first.

“Singing a song is different than speaking,” she said. “Even when there is a problem with speaking, or hesitancy, we’ve seen where people can sing perfectly.”

Hi TomS:
That’s quite a story… These guys are going… One-by-One.

The problem is…

There seems to be very few (of a yonger generation) coming along to replace them.

As well as, this “Common Thread”, Songs of the Eagles, CD I am listening to, this weekend, I have a DVD called, Let IT Rock with Jerry Lee Lewis, Ronnie Hawkins and Carl Perkins… It was recorded in Toronto on Ronnie Hawkins’ ‘60th Birthday, at Massey Hall… I think the year was 1997? The thing is, Carl Perkins and Ronnie Hawkins are not with us anymore. Only Jerry Lee Lewis remains. Then I have another CD in this set, titled, The Last Man Standing… Guess who? These three disks represent some of the greatest Mississippi and Southern Rock-and-Blues musicians, in the World… performed by some of the only original Blues Musicians that remain… We know there are others but from the documentary that is on this DVD these guys seem to be the originators of the music… As reported by the original Sun Records’ Drummer and Historian… Some of the commentary and interview on the documentary was recorded live at Sun Records… You can hear the aucoustic’s/reflections that is on the recording that was done there…

I have a mind to rip the audio from the documentary interview… Do you think it’ll work as an Impulse Reflection?

I got a nice Snare Sample from that Common Thread CD… Lots of HAIR on that sample… Only thing is, there is some reverb on the snare file, that can’t be removed.


Try to get that impulse, Bill - I haven’t been able to get one from that stuff that works…

Really, you put your finger on it - no one has come along to replace these people. Innovation is not what it used to be. There are many good musicians, but nothing like the creative outburst that happened in the 50s through the early 70s.

It’s like they were the Greek philosophers - the Platos, Socrateses, Aristotles, and now we’re left with the later Roman philosophers - and I like reading Marcus Aurelius as much as the next fellow, but there’s a difference between innovation and conserving and extending what has already been done.

I wonder what will prod the next phase of innovation? Seems like technology has had a lot to do with it in the past. The invention of the piano, the electric guitar. Plus demographic changes, esp. the pluralism of 20th century western society. I remember when folks were saying that synths were going to bring music to another phase, or whatever, but they have fit in with the electric guitar, it’s all electronic music, and in spite of experiments by people like Wendy Carlos, the synth hasn’t caused a revolution.

Can it be it’s all played out? Nah…I’m counting on direct digital connections to the brain as the next art-changing innovation.

I’m not kidding, actually! :)

Hi TomS:
I’m posting this as I listen to that over-time period. I should be watching it but I don’t think I’ll be of any help to the Sabres or the Sens… I’m a bundle of nerves, for both of those teams.

I got that sample captured-and-edited and all… I have the original sample and an edited/end sample… Why… The sample needs Start-and-End

The Sens won…
EDIT I feel sorry for the loosing team… Cause I’m an under-dog fan…

Editing to make the sample fit for the song you’re inserting the sample to…

One sample is 65kbs. in size and the other sample is 35kbs. in size… (The one I used and edited)… If you want the samples, send me a PM with an E-mail address and I’ll attach them over to you… If they’re no good for you, just toss them… However, this is the first attempt at making a snare sample. The learning curve is straight up, at the moment.

That Alfredsen is at the top of his game… That guy is a world-class Hockey Player. Hands Down…


I am unable to EDIT the post just above this one.

So, I’ll put up another post… I’ll see if I can RIP that interview over at SUN Records and manufacture a .wav file out of it… From there we’ll see what we got and how it sounds… I know I can hear the Room in the audio clip… But it may be somewhat “DOWN” in level… But maybe, it’ll fit for what an impulse should sound like. I’ll take it on as a project and we’ll see what we can do with IT… I’ll post the clip as a .wav file or maybe an mp3 file to start with… Maybe, we’ll all have a GO-with-IT…


back in 70 or 71 i had a chance meeting with bo diddley at the milwaukee summerfest grounds down at the lake front where he was performing,i was all of 15 yrs old an there was a fence that was between the theatre an the backstage area,through the fence my friend and I could see Bo,so we started to yell his name an sure enough he came over to speak to us,slung on his shoulder was that square gretsch guitar,we were in awe of course,whata gentleman too,talked to us for bout 5 mins or so,and in that he made 2 more fans for life,im hoping for a recovery for him,god bless the man.

Hi TomS:
We are coming closer-and-closer to some type of Electrical-to-Nerve Transducer that’ll replace the acoustic hearing of the human set-up… When that comes about we wouldn’t need the Hammer-and-Anvil set-up that evolution provided for us.

My sense is, we’ll all have a Hot-Wire Terminal in the base of our heads that’ll give us acoustics that we have only dreamed about… IT may not happen in our time, but Who Knows?


Hi wozz:
That is priceless… What a story… You see, we all seem to have unique stories that only we can share up here, on this Board. It’s sort ta what sets us apart from the next guy who has something that the other guy can appreciate but not put his finger on it…

Maybe, some day I’ll blindly trip over a bag of money that no one lays claim to… so I can blow it on toys that I’d never be able have, in the real world… Maybe, the genie-in-the-bottle story… or something…