Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Bo Diddley

Who? We think you know! Bo Diddley (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008, born Ellas Otha Bates), was an original and influential American rock & roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was known as "The Originator" because of his key role in the transition from blues music to rock & roll, influencing a host of legendary acts including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy). He was also known for his technical innovations, including his trademark rectangular guitar.
Up until now, the requirement for being listed in The Long and Short of it All's Popular Culture series is for the pop culture icon to be photographed with their dachshund. Unfortunately, we could not locate a photo of Mr. Diddley and his doxie. But, in honor of our First Dog, the Obama's naming their new Portuguese water dog 'Bo,' after Bo Diddley, we're letting this one slide. By all means, if anyone has a photo of Bo and his dachshund, or any more information at all, please send it in! Here's the dish about his dachshund from The Gainesville Sun:

Bo Diddley, whose given name was Elias McDaniel, loved dogs, according to his first-born daughter, Evelyn Kelly, and grandson Garry Mitchell.

His house dogs were more pocket-sized pooches, however. Mitchell remembers two of his grandfather's Chihuahuas, while Kelly said more recently he kept a dachshund named Whiskey.

Whiskey was part of a four-footed Diddley entourage that included a cat named China and several "outside" dogs, including two female Rhodesian ridgebacks, Yin and Yang.

All went to family members when Diddley died last June 2 at the age of 79.

'Whiskey.' We love it.

Keep up with the Obama's new puppy at Dachshund Lover Moira McLaughlin's Obama Dog Blog. It's Bo's official debut today!

Enjoy Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley


Moira said...

Thanks for the link! I will be covering all the First Dog's official arrival news today at The Obama Dog Blog.

Maybe someday Bo Obama will have a little doxie too like his namesake.

Anonymous said...

this is really great.

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