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Bo Diddley, born as Ellas Otha Bates, later changed to Ellas McDaniel (McComb30 december 1928 - ArcherJune 2, 2008), was an influential American rock and rollsinger andguitarist-. His style, characterized by the metallic guitarriffs and propulsive rhythms, influenced countless musicians, although his work rarely has managed to reach the charts.

Life Course[Edit][]

In his youth he was given violin lessons. After hearing he decided blues guitarist John Lee Hooker . In the 1950s he began to play with his regular partner, themaracasPlayer Jerome Green. In the mid-fifties he got a contract with the record company in Chicago -based Chess Records. Diddley played guitar-originally a home-built, square on his record covers always neatly dressed with bow tie and Scottish Plaid jackets. His trademark during real performances were a pair of sunglasses and the equally inseparable (bol) hat.

His first single, "Bo Diddley" based on a Lullaby, introduced the beatcharacteristic for him, which later would be copied many times. Influential is also the emphasis on theguitar -driven by the rhythm in the number.

Later were released even more singles, including "I'm a Man", "Who Do You Love?", "Mona (I need you baby)" and "Road Runner". Even though at the time no major successes were, certainly not compared to the hits of his Chess-colleague Chuck Berry, these and other songs covered on a regular basis and they are proved to be a major influence on other important musicians. Among others The Rolling StonesThe DoorsBuddy HollyMuddy WatersThe AnimalsQuicksilver Messenger Service,The Pretty Things and The Yardbirds have covers and renditions of songs by Bo Diddley alias e. McDaniel played.

In the 1960s, stopped Bo Diddley recording plates. He would still occasionally occur, including in the opening act for The Clash, in the late 1970s. Bo Diddley In 1987 was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In that same year, he also appeared in the film Hail, Hail Rock and Roll from Taylor Hackford, a documentary in which he and around Chuck Berry Little Richard reminisces to their glory years.

On 16 May 2007, Bo Diddley suffered a stroke after a gig and recorded on the IC at a hospital in Omaha (Nebraska). [1a year later, during his rehabilitation, he died after a heart attack in Florida, at the age of 79. [2]

Bo Diddley-rhythm[Edit][]

 [1]Bo Diddley in the AutostadtVolkswagen -museum

Bo Diddley has its own rhythm developed, it is therefore the "Bo Diddley-rhythm" (often the English denomination, the "Bo Diddley beat", used). Another name is the "jungle rhythm". The rhythm is used in several songs, some of which are:


  • Bo Diddley (1958)
  • Go Bo Diddley (1959)
  • Have Guitar Will Travel (1960)
  • Bo Diddley in the Spotlight (1960)
  • Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger (1960)
  • Bo Diddley Is a Lover (1961)
  • Bo Diddley's a Twister (1962)
  • Bo Diddley (1962)
  • Bo Diddley & Company (1962)
  • Surfin' with Bo Diddley (1963)
  • Bo Diddley's Beach Party (1963)
  • Bo Diddley's 16 all-time Greatest Hits (1964)
  • Two Great Guitars (+ Chuck Berry) (1964)
  • Hey Good Lookin' (1965)
  • 500% More Man (1965)
  • The Originator (1966)
  • Super Blues (+ Muddy Waters & Little Walter) (1967)
  • Super Super Blues Band (+ Muddy Waters & Howlin' Wolf) (1967)
  • The Black Gladiator (1970)
  • Another Dimension (1971)
  • Where It All Began (1972)
  • Got My Own Bag of Tricks (1972)
  • The London Bo Diddley Sessions (1973)
  • Big Bad Bo (1974)
  • 20th Anniversary of Rock & Roll (1976)
  • I'm a Man (1977)
  • Ain't It Good To Be Free (1983)
  • Bo Diddley & Co-Live (1985)
  • Hey ...Bo Diddley in Concert (1986)
  • Breakin' Through the BS (1989)
  • Living Legend (1989)
  • Rare & Well Done (1991)
  • Live at the Ritz (+ Ronnie Wood) (1992)
  • This Should Not Be (1993)
  • Promises (1994)
  • A Man Amongst Men (1996)
  • Moochas Gracias (+ Anna Moo) (2002)