First some facts about Bo Diddley. Diddley was born Ellas Otha Bates on December 30, 1928, in McComb, Mississippi, and his name was changed to McDaniel when he was adopted by his mother’s cousin. Diddley played classical violin as a boy but became interested in the guitar after hearing John Lee Hooker. He was a groundbreaker in many ways, with his stage presence and style including the use of his guitar as a percussive instrument and effects like reverb, and tremolo. He also was one of the first musicians of the 1950s to incorporate woman musicians by including Lady Bo (Peggy Jones) into his lineup. Lady Bo became the first female lead guitarist in history to be employed by a major act.
On top of all of that, his influence on what we call rock and roll can never be overstated.
Slovenly label manager DJ Bazooka Joe has spent the past 10 years or so putting together this tribute and has corralled a who’s who of budget rock royalty including Memphis supergroup True Sons of Thunder, creepy one-man-band Haunted George, Matt K Shrugg (Th’ Losin’ Streaks, The Pizzas), John Schooley’s Rocket 808, Andy California, The Mardi Kings, Detroit punks The Stools, Gino and the Goons, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and Cheater Slicks.
Limited edition box set includes six 7inches, an exclusive Bo Diddley sticker designed by artist Jake Coyner, an exclusive, printed Black Gladiator / Slovenly 45 adapter, and a four-panel liner note sheet.
Out now on Slovenly.