Bo Diddley Laid Up
(E! Online, 10/22/2004 4:00 PM)
By Sarah Hall
Veteran bluesman Bo Diddley has been having a tough time getting back on his feet after his toe was amputated two months ago.
Diddley, 75, was forced to postpone a performance scheduled Thursday in Lancaster, California, to give himself addtional time to recover from the operation.
The concert was rescheduled for March 17, 2005. Diddley also rescheduled various performances he postponed in August and September.
Diddley rep Robert Rowland said the singer would be back in action for his Saturday night performance in Connecticut, as well as for a Halloween concert in Texas.
The guitar god, whose real name is Ellas Bates McDaniel, checked into a Florida clinic in August for treatment of a hypoglycemic condition common to diabetes sufferers, his longtime friend and business partner Scott Free told the Gainesville Sun.
Diddley remained in the hospital for several days, while doctors made sure they did not need to amputate his entire foot, Free said.
It was the first time that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, known fondly as "The Originator," required emergency medical treatment for his diabetes, Free said.
According to Free, Diddley recovered well and was upbeat after the surgery.
"He's one of those endearing spirits. He has a quality of maintaining happiness," Free told the Gainesville Sun.
Diddley is known for his pioneering guitar riffs and the hypnotizing drum beat that accompanies much of his music--a style widely known as the Bo Diddley Beat.
He has served as inspiration to rock 'n' rollers from Buddy Holly and the Rolling Stones to U2 and George Michael and has been covered by the likes of the Yardbirds ("I'm a Man") and George Thorogood ("Who Do You Love?").
He was a frequent fixture on the R&B charts in the '50s, '60s and '70s with modestly titled tunes like "Bo Diddley," "Hey! Bo Diddley" and "Story of Bo Diddley." He scored two crossover Top 40 pop hits--"Road Runner," from 1960's In the Spotlight, and his single "Say Man," in 1959.
During the '80s, he starred in a hugely successful series of Nike commercials with Bo Jackson, and in 1987, Diddley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class that included Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and B.B.King.
His most recent studio album, A Man Amongst Men, featuring assists from Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood, was released in 1996.