Monday, June 02, 2008

BO DIDDLEY - The Originator

BO DIDDLEY - The Originator
The "Originator" died.

He will always be remembered as the father of the rock guitar riff, that most guitarists use that we have heard of since (my opinion), though you also have to look at Chuck Berry and others such as Richie Valens

Buddy Holly

Sam Cooke "roll" in rock

and the "Big Bopper" for the more "roll" in "rock'n'roll"

But Bo Diddley's death makes me recall another such "originator," with a different kind of lick from Black Sabbath's Anthony Frank Iommi, or as we know him, Tony Iommi (at he is publicly known). With vocalist Ozzie Osborne, Geezer Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums they blew me away in one day ... Instant Karma to me!

For me, my first album (or third) was "Master of Reality" released July 21, 1971 bought in a rush as I saw them on July 18,1971 in Toronto at the Borough Of York Stadium, seeing at the same "festival" as they were known 3 Dog Night, Humble Pie, Grease Band, and Yes at the 'Beggar's Banquet.' Woo.

Northworthy Trivia: first album was Carole King's "Tapestry."

PS as far as Northworthy goes, the only 3 Dog Night song I liked was "Jeremiah Had a Bullfrog." That band was too "lite" for this crowd but it was a "rest" as I recall it. Went up to the stands to get away from our "pup tent" and blankets, to take a needed rest.

"... Ozzy was either fired, asked to leave, or just quit. There's too many conflicting stories about his departure. However it's spun, it obviously wasn't working anymore, and Ozzy's heart didn't seem in it (having already quit and returned in 77/78). Bill Ward has said over the years that it was he who "informed" Ozzy that he wasn't in the band anymore."

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