Considering that we are only about 60 hours into June, there’s quite a lot of musical news already. Yesterday morning, Bo Diddley died, at the age of 79.
There’s always been a lot of argument among the architects of rock ‘n’ roll as to who deserved the most credit for inventing the genre. Was it Little Richard? Chuck Berry? Elvis? Sam Phillips? Ike Turner? I’d say Diddley’s claim is as good as any of theirs. There was that indelible rhythm, of course, copied by countless others…
Hold it right there, EW obitublogger. Sam Phillips? Doesn’t she have a new album out today? Yes she does, but the Sam Phillips in the quote isn’t the same Sam Phillips who just released Don’t Do Anything.
Talking of female singer/songwriters who added to an already impressive track record today, Aimee Mann also has a new album out. Here’s the video for the opening track of @#%&*! Smilers.