Daylight Video

An astonishing set of musicians’ birthdays today, including Patti Smith, half of The Monkees (Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones), Tracey Ullman and Jeff Lynne. But the towering birthday boy today is Bo Diddley. Here he is with his iconic song “I’m a Man.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.