Peggy Jones aka "Lady Bo" / July 19, 1940 - Sept 16, 2015

One of the first ladies of rock & roll, Peggy Jones Malone aka "Lady Bo" was a guitarist and occasional songwriter & arranger for Bo Diddley. A Harlem native, she started playing guitar at 15, influenced by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and Charlie Parker. She was a doo wop singer with the Bop Chords and a professional dancer. She played on several of Bo's '50s and early '60s tunes, such as "Hey! Bo Diddley", "Roadrunner", "Say Man", "Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger", "Crackin' Up" and others.

She played mostly rhythm but her and Bo would sometimes alternate leads on stage. (Later in her career she also played the Roland guitar synth). She wrote and played all the guitar parts on "Aztec", although Bo got the credit (the label's fault, not his). When she left the band in '63 (to concentrate on her own career) she recruited Norma Jean Wofford (aka "The Duchess") to replace her.

She went on to work with her group the Fabulous Jewels, while also playing on records by Eric Burdon & the Animals, the Continentals and Les Cooper, as well as performing with James Brown and Sam & Dave. She also contributed music for films. She composed songs for Frank Sinatra, Rufus & Chaka Khan and others. She would return time and time again to the Bo Diddley show, while also leading her own Lady Bo and the BC Horns until her death.

Tagged: Bo Diddley, Celebrate Icons, guitar, Lady Bo, rock, women in jazz

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