Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley.jpg
Background information
Birth nameEllas Otha Bates
Also known asEllas McDaniel
The Originator
Born(1928-12-30)December 30, 1928
McComb, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedJune 2, 2008(2008-06-02) (aged 79)
Archer, Florida, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • violin
  • drums
Years active1943–2007
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External video
video icon "Bo Diddley Talks About His Early Days, Including His Twelve Years of Classical Music Training". Interview, June 23, 2005. National Association of Music Merchants Oral History Library.

Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates; December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll. He influenced many artists, including Buddy Holly,[1] Elvis Presley,[2] the Beatles, the Rolling Stones,[3] the Animals, and the Clash.[4]

His use of African rhythms and a signature beat, a simple five-accent hambone rhythm, is a cornerstone of hip hop, rock, and pop music.[3][5][6] In recognition of his achievements, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2017.[7][5][8] He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[9] Diddley is also recognized for his technical innovations, including his distinctive rectangular guitar, with its unique booming, resonant, shimmering tones.[10][citation needed]

  1. ^ "Bo Diddley's Unique Rhythm Continues to Inspire". NPR. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Fox, Ted (1983). Showtime at the Apollo. Da Capo. pp. 5 & 92. ISBN 978-0-306-80503-5. Elvis Presley, a young, still raw hayseed, was making his first trip to the Big Apple to see his new record company, and the Apollo was where he wanted to be. Night after night in New York he sat in the Apollo transfixed by the pounding rhythms, the dancing and prancing, the sexual spectacle of rhythm-and-blues masters like Bo Diddley. ... In 1955, Elvis's stage presence was still rudimentary. But watching Bo Diddley charge up the Apollo crowd undoubtedly had a profound effect on him. When he returned to New York a few months later for his first national television appearance, on Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's "Stage Show," he again spent hours at the Apollo after rehearsals. On the Dorsey show Elvis shocked the entire country with his outrageous hip-shaking performance, and the furor that followed made him an American sensation.
  3. ^ a b Brown, Jonathan (June 3, 2008). "Bo Diddley, Guitarist Who Inspired the Beatles and the Stones, Dies Aged 79". The Independent. Archived from the original on March 22, 2020. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (April 11, 2017). "How The Clash Can Lead to a Great Record Collection". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on September 26, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Bo Diddley". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on February 12, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "Bo Diddley". Rolling Stone. 2001. Archived from the original on August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  7. ^ "Bo Diddley Exhibit in The Blues Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on November 5, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
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  9. ^ "Lifetime Achievement Award". Recording Academy Grammy Awards. Archived from the original on November 20, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "Unique Guitar Blogspot". Marc O’Hara's blogspot. Marc O’Hara. Archived from the original on August 1, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.