Bo Diddley


Bo Diddley Brief Biography

Bo Diddley
Ellas Otha Bates (December 30, 1928 " June 2, 2008), known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American R&B vocalist, guitarist, songwriter (usually as Ellas McDaniel), and rock and roll pioneer. He was also known as The Originator because of his key role in the transition from the blues to rock, influencing a host of acts, including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, The Who, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles, among others. He introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged electric guitar sound on a wide-ranging catalog of songs, along with African rhythms and a signature beat (a simple five-accent clave rhythm) that remains a cornerstone of rock and pop. Accordingly, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He was known in particular for his technical innovations, including his trademark rectangular guitar.

Bo Diddley News

• The Almanac for December 30, the 364th day of 2018
• The Almanac for Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2017
• The Almanac for Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2016
• Phil Chess, co-founder or Chess Records dead at 95



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