I had a chance to see him perform live last year, AND I MISSED IT!! I either had to work that day or I was sleeping. Whichever way it was, I missed the chance of a lifetime. The man was a musical genius and a true Rock & Roll pioneer. If you want to learn a bit more about the man, of all sites the Big Cartoon Database has a terrific write-up over there. One thing they hit upon is how Bo's song Bo Diddley was used in Ralph Bakshi's Fritz the Cat. What amazed me about that is even though the song was a whole 17 years old at the time the movie was released, it still seemed to fit amid the other funkadelic music on the soundtrack. That alone shows just how ahead of his time Bo really was.
Speaking of cartoons, I added one of his songs to my Busy Town demo reel. The song I used was Diddlin'. I think it accompanies the action quite well.
And of course, for good measure, here's a live performance from the man himself. If you didn't know "what the big deal about him was" before, you'll certainly know after the clip is done. Enjoy!