Bo Diddley hospitalised

Posted on: Thursday, May 17, 2007

This is from AP Newswire

Bo Diddley is in intensive care after suffering a stroke in western Iowa, a publicist said Wednesday. The 78-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was listed in guarded condition at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., said Susan Clary, a publicist for the musician’s management team.

Diddley, who has a history of hypertension and diabetes, was hospitalized Sunday following a concert in Council Bluffs in which he acted disoriented, she said. Tests indicated that the stroke affected the left side of his brain, impairing his speech and speech recognition, Clary said.  Clary said she has no other details on Diddley’s condition or how long he would be in intensive care. 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



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Grahame

May 17th, 2007 at 21:57
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Sad news about one of the true originators of popular music – five British dates were scheduled for early June. Saw him once, at the second of the Bodelwyddan Castle festivals. Must admit, can’t remember much as I was absolutely wasted! Good luck Bo!

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Pete Evans

May 19th, 2007 at 01:41
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You wasted Gra… surely not – or was it another session ale!!!
At about the same time he played at Peckforton Castle – it was a memorable night. Hope he recovers a reasonable life style at least – a true legend.

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Grahame

May 19th, 2007 at 10:00
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Wish it had been just a session ale! We got the train to Rhyl from Chester at about 9 am (a few cans), into a pub by the station (several pints of Pedigree), a walk around Rhyl (more pints) and shuttle bus to the castle. They were selling this stuff from New Orleans in cans, think it was called Dixie Flyer . . . and the rest is history. The bill was Wilko Johnson, Johnny Mars, Davey Graham, the great Zachary Richard, African Head Charge and of course, Bo Diddley. To top the day off I fell down the stairs at Chester Station on our return! Happy days!