Lady Bo and The Duchess
March 4, 2008 6:16 AM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (13 comments total)
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If you've seen clips of Bo Diddley performances
from the early 60s, you'll surely have noticed the presence of one or more female guitarists on stage, churning out that chunky six-string rhythm alongside the esteemed Mr. Diddley. Might've been Lady Bo
that you've seen or heard, or it might've been The Duchess
. Either way, hats off to some fine guitarists: women who filled a job category generally reserved (especially at that time) for the menfolk.
In fact, all the linked videos in this FPP feature The Dutchess. Not sure if any film exists of Lady Bo performing with Bo Diddley. There was one fantastic
YouTube clip that I'd planned to link to, featuring 2 female guitarists (in evening gowns!) playing with Bo, but unfortunately, it seems to have been pulled from YouTube. Too bad, cause it was way cool.
This short obit for The Duchess
includes a couple of interesting anecdotes.
Norma-Jean Wofford (The Duchess) died in 2005, but Peggy Jones (Lady Bo) is, as far as I know, still among us. Here's Lady Bo's official site
, though it doesn't appear to have been updated since 2002. There's another bio I found on her here
. She's done a lot of music work over the years, with a lot of different people, since her days with Bo Diddley. She apparently did a stint with the James Brown band, for example.