Blues singer Bo Diddley with others at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival


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  • Two proof sheets with sixty-seven black and white images, plus negatives. Images of Diddley performing on the amphitheater, along with Remembranzas del Conuco, a Cuban guajiro decima group, and Seminole singer-guitarist James Billie. Diddley was one of earliest and most influential rock and roll performer sin the 1950s, creating a riff-driven sound that can be found in contemporaries such as Buddy Holly and Rolling Stones, as well as the harder rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s. Originally a classical violinist, Diddley turned to blues and rock, eventually signing with Chess records. He was known for his live performers and influence than for his hits. One of his trademarks was a square guitar. Though born in Mississippi, by 1995, he resided in Archer, Florida. At the time, singer-guitarist Billie was president of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Decima musical tradition was a 10-line improvised verse dating back to the 17th Century. Diddley's performance can be found in S 1576, box 44, tapes D95-29 and D95-30.

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