Our good friend and rock and roll legend Bo Diddley passed away today. I found the following on Wikipedia,

He spent many years in New Mexico, not only as a musician, but as a law officer. He lived in Los Lunas from 1971 to 1978 while continuing his musical career. Bo Diddley served for two and a half years as Deputy Sheriff in the Valencia County Citizens' Patrol; during that time he personally purchased and donated three highway patrol pursuit cars.

Hey Bo Diddley, we'll miss you!

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Comment by Dr Dan on June 2, 2008 at 6:03pm
I first saw Bo Diddley when he put on a surprise concert at the 1st Africian american day at the state fair must have been 1987 (he bumped Up with people). To see a legend up close ding a free concert is a thrill I will never forget. I tried to catch every show he put on after that and he never disapointed. He always wore his shield on his hat. he will be missed.
Comment by misterhinkydink on June 2, 2008 at 6:42pm
Wow, I didn't know he lived here. A couple of years ago one of my buddies on the bass forum had a one-time gig playing bass for him.
Comment by shotsie on June 2, 2008 at 7:40pm
Question: Who do you love? Answer: Bo Diddley (The angels are going to be listening to some hard-driving guitar rhythms up there.)

Who else do you love? Answer: That would be Lady Bo, the curvaceous gown wearing rhythm guitar player in the clip.
(Check her site out: http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/ladybo.html)
Comment by magoo on June 3, 2008 at 12:31am
not cool, LP, we're paying homage to Bo, and U see fit to insert some BS fool's rant about Steve Pearce???

gettoutta here, pendejo.......
Comment by LP on June 3, 2008 at 12:38am
Oh shit, I honestly meant to link to Denise Tessier's story. I'm sorry, sometimes the cut+paste doesn't work right.

here's the actual link. Didn't mean to do that.
Comment by Adelita on June 3, 2008 at 7:07am
Thanks for changing the link LP. The Tessier story is wonderful.
Comment by cathyray on June 3, 2008 at 9:14am
Didn't Bo's son (Bo Jr) live in the valley for a while? Or maybe still does? I met him a few times back when I was a Sultans & Memphis PTails groupie. He was a chef.
Anyway, bless you Bo & thanks for the music.

of course, now i have "heeey Bo Didd-ley" stuck in my head & have been singin it to my dogs all morning!! ;)
Comment by Kevin Paul on June 3, 2008 at 9:22am
Godspeed, Bo. Thanks for all the tunes.
Comment by Joan Fenicle on June 3, 2008 at 10:00am
Bo was a household word in Placitas in the days (70s?) ... being a regular part of the music scene at the old Thunderbird Bar here (since burned down). Rest in Peace Bo.
Comment by bf on June 3, 2008 at 10:40pm
Not covered in his NY Times obituary, though everyone here has stories about
Bo Diddley's lost years in New Mexico.

Back in the early '70s, Bo was tired of living in Malibu and his next
door neighbor Dennis Hopper said to take a look at New Mexico cause he
liked Taos and Santa Fe. Bo ended up in Albuquerque or rather Los Lunas, some 30 miles
south of Duke City, where he bought some acres and a house and
overhauls and even a tractor, which he enjoyed driving around his land. He
volunteered because he was curious and so he became a deputy for the local
sheriffs, and because he liked fast cars, he especially enjoyed the
car auctions, got several sets of his own wheels from those and a few
cars for the sheriff's department to boot. Bo spent those years in
Los Lunas (forgive me for calling it a sleepy outpost, but known as a notorious biker place, too, with the Outlaws roaring around town on their chrome hogs).
Bo's music career in that decade was in a saggy place, but
then some commercial picked up one of his songs in the late '70s and
he was back on the road and touring Europe again. With less than two
hours notice of the impending move, his drummer here helped him on his
cross country move to Florida, where he'd selected Archer, a nearly
all-black farming community to settle into. In a fleet of Bo's cars, acquired at the auctions. All reminiscences outlined here courtesy of his drummer Mike Fleming, by rights a famous music character glued to Albuqerque, from conversations
with him a few years back, which I merely share with the world at large.

Bo's house in Los Lunas has long since been torn down, and areas
around it resculpted by earthmovers and rebuilt so even the original
location is lost to memory, meaning people who went there often can't
even find the place now. But Bo Diddley will not fade away.


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