The man for whom one of rock's fundamental rhythms is named - the Bo Diddley beat, the basis of innumerable rock classics - has been
hospitalized after suffering a stroke on Sunday, May 13th. The 78-year-old Hall of Famer, who has a history of hypertension and diabetes - three years ago he had a toe amputated because of his hyperglycemia - was taken to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., after showing signs of disortientation following a concert at Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs. The stroke is said to have affected the left side of his brain, impairing speech and speech recognition. He remains in "guarded" condition in intensive care
You may not even know his name but the beat has been used in music to this very day. Modern rock music would not be the same without it. My prayers and thoughts go out to the cat with the square guitar.