Sad news reported of the passing on of Peggy Jones at the age of 75. (19 Jul 1940 - 16 Sep 2015)
Peggy Jones was known as Lady Bo in recognition of her relationship with Bo Diddley. Peggy Jones played rhythm guitar in Bo Diddley's band in the late 1950s and early 1960s, becoming one of the first (perhaps the first) female rock guitarists in a highly visible rock band, and was sometimes called the "Queen Mother of Guitar" Bo Diddley once said "she knows every move I make... she is the only one that knows the original ways...”
Later also known for her work via her own group the Jewels of "We Got Togetherness" fame in the 1960/70s
The website 'Bo Diddley The Originator' features a informative biography of which you can read a preview clip below
...by artists such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Etta James, LaVern Baker, Mahalia Jackson, Linda Hopkins and Sam Cooke, she began to compose and arrange her own music. In 1955 she bought her very first guitar, and it was in this same year that she first heard the music of BO DIDDLEY.
In the following years she recorded 3 local hits, and in 1957 joined The Bop-Chords vocal group as first tenor, and went on to enjoy a further 2 hits with them. That year, after meeting up with BO DIDDLEY, she replaced his guitar player Jody Williams, who had been drafted for military service. The following year she was hired full-time to play on all of his recording sessions and for all of his stage performances. SHE WAS THE FIRST FEMALE LEAD GUITARIST IN HISTORY TO BE HIRED BY A MAJOR ACT.
She worked full-time with BO DIDDLEY until 1961, when she formed her own group The Jewels, later to be known as LADY BO & The Family Jewel. In the summer of 1966, The Jewels recorded their classic track "We Got Togetherness" for MGM Records. This monster soul stomper is now a perennial favorite on the UK's northern soul scene...
LADY BO Discography:
Continentals, Picture of Love/Soft & Sweet (Whirlin' Disc 105) 1957
Bop-Chords, Baby/So Why (Holiday 2608) 1957
Greg & Peg, Honey, Bunny, Baby/Why Do I Love You Like I Do (Ro-Nan 1001) 1957
Bob & Peggy, Everybody's Talking/I'm Gonna Love My Way (Peacock 1927) 1963
Jewels, I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles/We Got Togetherness (MGM K 13577) 1966