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The man who was billed later in his career as "The 500% Man" had a guitar sound like no other and one that influenced The Rolling Stones early in their career. This signature guitar sound was accompanied by what became known as "The Bo Diddley Beat" – "Shave 'n' a haircut, two bits". The Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, which was the Stones' spiritual home in early 1963 and the place where the Beatles and Decca Records came to see them, was named after a Bo Diddley song. But besides being such an influence on others Bo Diddley was one of the real characters who took influences from all over and moulded them into something unique. "He's the only white cat that ever got my rhythm." - Bo Diddley speaking of Rolling Stone, Brian Jones, 1963 Bo Diddley, like his fellow Chess recording star Chuck Berry was pivotal to the development of popular music. The Bo Diddley beat is found on all sorts of early beat band records, laying the foundations for an era of music that was developed into what we have come to call Rock. From The Rolling Stones to The Quicksilver Messenger Service to George Michael, Guns N' Roses and U2, all have used the Bo Diddley beat. Like his Chess label-mates Bo was all about singles and many are collected together on albums that include, His Best and Ride On/The Chess Masters. But do not overlook Bo Diddley is A Gunslinger - an album recorded in 1961 that includes 'Doing The Crawdaddy', which The Rolling Stones later turned into a 20 minute tour de force during their residency at Richmond's Crawdaddy Club in 1963. Bo Diddley's Beach Party is a live album that proves he was one of the greatest live rock and roll artists in his prime – avoid it at our peril!
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