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.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.