Saturday, November 20, 2010

late night: Bo Diddley's controversial appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show

On November 20, 1955, rock 'n' roll singer and guitarist Bo Diddley appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. The show had requested that he sang his version of ‘Sixteen Tons’. But when he hit the stage, he sang his #1 R&B hit "Bo Diddley". Diddley was banned and never appeared on the show again.

Diddley later recalls: "Ed Sullivan told me that I was the first black boy that ever double crossed him! I was ready to fight, because I was a little young dude off the streets of Chicago, an' him callin' me 'black' in them days was as bad as sayin' 'nigger'"

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