Bo Diddley lived to be 79 in a profession that probably has the lowest life expectancy of any occupation in America -- blues great. Diddley died today after several months of ill health, and he was an American original:
Growing up, Diddley said he had no musical idols, and he wasn't entirely pleased that others drew on his innovations.
"I don't like to copy anybody. Everybody tries to do what I do, update it," he said. "I don't have any idols I copied after."
"They copied everything I did, upgraded it, messed it up. It seems to me that nobody can come up with their own thing, they have to put a little bit of Bo Diddley there," he said.
Here's a short but great video from 1960, of Diddley performing "Road Runner":