Monday, May 21, 2007

Bo Diddley Update

Three updates on McComb, Mississippi native and Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Bo Diddley...

Less than a week after suffering a stroke, blues legend Bo Diddley was out of his sick bed and walking around the intensive-care unit at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., reports AP. Though his speech is impaired, doctors told the 78-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist that he would be able to perform again in the near future. His manager, Margo Lewis, told AP she also believes he’ll be able to sing again, following work with a speech therapist. Singing a song is different than speaking. Even when there is a problem with speaking, or hesitancy, we've seen where people can sing perfectly," said Lewis. "We're going to get a guitar for him and put it in his lap and let him entertain people here. People think that would be good therapy for him." Full Story Here

He is still in the intensive-care unit but a spokeswoman said his condition is improving. Diddley's condition was upgraded from "guarded" to "cautiously optimistic" Friday by the neurology team that evaluated him. Diddley is still able to get up and walk around, but he is still having difficulty speaking and recognizing words due to the damage the stroke caused to the left side of his brain. Full Story Here

His scheduled concert at the House of Blues Atlantic City on July 6 has been canceled. "Fans are asked not to contact the hospital, but may send get-well wishes to" Full Story Here

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