Skip to comments.Bo Diddley hospitalized after stroke (78, condition improves after stroke, see post 35)
Posted on 05/16/2007 6:32:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
DES MOINES, Iowa - 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.
Although I grew up in the mid 60s to seventies, there has always been something about the 50s music that I liked.
Its originality, upbeat lyrics and tunes still keep me listening. It was happy, good music.
I watch the Time Life infomercials on the 1950s CD’s just for the fun of it.
You have excellent taste in music -- whenever someone hears Bo Diddley they just have to like him IMO. You had CCR to listen to as a youngster and that is pretty good too.
Got that right.
Prayers for Mr. Diddley’s recovery.
I remember him so well back in the day. And, I was lucky enough to hear him up close and personal at a small island club in Florida in the late 1980s. Hadn’t lost a thing.
His daughter Tammi and her band, Prodigy, opened for him.
I spent some time with his then wife, Kay Reynolds McDaniel. The McDaniel lived in Hawthorne near Gainesville at the time. I think he and some of the kids still do.
There is no one like Bo Diddley.
Music is Bo's life, and if he cannot have his music he will have no life.
Yes, I distinctly remember riding with my dad in our volkswagon and him jamming to Proud Mary, bobbing his head.
Also a black kid in 1st grade that sang it while he whipped it out and urinated in class while dancing in circles..never saw him again.
Never saw Bo for some reason. ...and had plenty of chances.
Back in my rock ‘n’ roll days, my musician friends would be thinking of something to play just to fool around, and invariably someone would eventually say, “Just play a Bo Diddley rhythm, and I’ll jam on top of that.” And everyone knew what to do.
Great music! Hope he survives to make more of it.
Damn, I lost Stevie Rae Vaughn, not Bo Diddley too. They dont make great Bluesmen anymore.. Kenny Wayne Shpherd tries but he doesnt have that ache these guys had.
Play on Bo.
Here’s hoping for a full recovery for the one and only, the great BO DIDDLEY!
B0 Lives.. (and walks!) FoR Now! ;-)
Bo Diddley’s condition improves after stroke
Associated Press - May 17, 2007 5:15 PM ET
Singer and musician Bo Diddley today walked around the intensive-care unit at Creighton (KRAY’-tun) University Medical Center as he recovers from a stroke.
Doctors in Nebraska say they’re encouraged that Diddley will be able to perform again.
The 78-year-old Diddley told his audience that he wasn’t feeling well during a show in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday night.
Diddley’s manager, Margo Lewis, had the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer taken to the hospital by ambulance when he appeared disoriented at the Omaha airport on Sunday.
Though Diddley’s speech is impaired, he’s made significant progress.
Lewis says it’s uncertain how long Diddley, who has a history of hypertension and diabetes, will be hospitalized.
He had planned a monthlong tour of the Midwest and United Kingdom — beginning this weekend in the Dallas area.
Lewis says those shows are now canceled.
On the Net:
Bo Diddley: www.bo-diddley.com
Creighton University Medical Center:
The Bo Diddley beat is absolutely the most addictive rhythm in music history.
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