On this day sixty years ago, Bo Diddley had his first recording session, for “Hey Bo Diddley.” Here he is performing the song ten years later, about the time a horde of musicians he influenced were about to make a splash.

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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.