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Jagger, Plant and Slash Tribute Bo Diddley


06/03/2008
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(antiMusic) Rock n Roll legend Bo Diddley died of heart failure on Monday and there was no shortage of other rock legends singing his praises including Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, BB King and Slash.

"He was a wonderful, original musician who was an enormous force in music and was a big influence on The Rolling Stones," said Mick Jagger in a statement. He was very generous to us in our early years and we learned a lot from him. We will never see his like again."

According to the BBC, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant said Diddley's "voice and relentless, glorious anthems echo down through my years This royal shape shifter continues to influence four generations of musicians on a daily basis," he added.

BB King, praised Diddly as "a music pioneer and legend with a unique style. We always had a good time when we played together. He will truly be missed, but his legacy will live on forever," King, 82, said through his publicist according to AFP

Slash told NME.COM that Diddley greatly influenced countless musicians, and the Bo Diddley beat was the inspiration for Guns N Roses' song 'Mr Brownstone'. "He's a huge hero of mine and the fact that he knew who I was a huge compliment," Slash said. "Bo Diddley created a myth that was uniquely his own. An entire rhythm is owed to just one guy and that's pretty rare," he said. - Read Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's tribute at NME

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