On this day in music history: November 20, 1955 - R&B legend Bo Diddley makes his one and only appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan will request that Diddley perform the song “Sixteen Tons’, he will defy the host by performing his current hit “Bo Diddley” on the live telecast. This will anger Sullivan, and Diddley will be banned from ever appearing on the show again. Though the major national television exposure will introduce him to wider audience beyond his loyal R&B fanbase. Though he will never appear on the show again, Bo Diddley’s signature syncopated rhythm will become one of the most influential in the history of rock & roll, inspiring countless songs from Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” and The Strangeloves’ “I Want Candy” to Bruce Springsteen’s “She’s The One” and George Michael’s “Faith”.