Peggy Jones, The First African-American Female Rock Guitarist

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, also known as “” purchased her first guitar in 1955 at the age of 15.  Jones grew up in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, and attended the High School of Performing Arts where she studied tap and ballet dance and trained in opera. She is often referred to as the “. She is known for becoming one of the first female rock guitarist in a rock band to perform on stage.



Jones met up with Bo Diddley a year later. She became his first of several guitar-slinging female sidekicks. Jones was recorded on Bo Diddley’s “Hey, Bo Diddley,”  “Mona,” “Say Man” and many more. Throughout her time with Diddley, Jones maintained a separate career. She was a songwriter, session musician, and bandleader. She led her own band, the Jewels (also known as the Fabulous Jewels, Lady Bo and the Family Jewels, and various other names), which became a top R&B band on the New York – Boston east coast club scene the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1962 Jones moved onto work in the studio. She was soon found kickin’ up a ruckus on hits by the Bopchords and the Continentals, but the most notable song would be (Owee Baby) by Les Cooper. She also spent time in the rhythm sections of James Brown’s band.






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