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Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley performing live in 2006
Bo Diddley performing live in 2006
Background information
Birth name Ellas Otha Bates
Also known as Ellas McDaniel
Born December 30, 1928 (1928-12-30) (age 79)
Origin McComb, Mississippi, USA
Genre(s) Rock and roll, blues
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar
Years active 1951 - present
Label(s) Checker Records, Chess Records

Bo Diddley (born December 30, 1928) aka "The Originator", is an influential American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Often cited as a key figure in the transition from blues to rock and roll, he introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound. He is also known for his characteristic rectangular guitar. is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... McComb is a city located in Pike County, Mississippi, about 80 miles south of Jackson, just off of I-55. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Blues music redirects here. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Checker Records was started in 1952 as the gospel subsidiary of Chess Records. ... The Chess Records logo, as featured on this Memphis Slim single. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... Blues music redirects here. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... For the popular Tamil film, see Rhythm (film). ...

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Early life and career

Born Ellas Otha Bates[1] in McComb, Mississippi, he was adopted and raised by his mother's cousin, Gussie McDaniel, whose surname he adopted, becoming Ellas McDaniel. The family moved to Chicago when he was seven.[2] He took violin lessons as a youth, but was inspired to become a guitarist after seeing John Lee Hooker. McComb is a city located in Pike County, Mississippi, about 80 miles south of Jackson, just off of I-55. ... Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... For the Anne Rice novel, see Violin (novel). ... John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an influential American post-war blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter born in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi. ...


He worked as a carpenter and mechanic, but also began a musical career playing on street corners with friends, including Jerome Green[3](c.1934-1973), as a band called the Hipsters (later the Langley Avenue Jive Cats). In 1951, he landed a regular spot at the 708 Club on Chicago's South Side, with a repertoire influenced by Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker, and Muddy Waters. He adopted the stage name, Bo Diddley, which is probably a southern black slang phrase meaning "nothing at all," as in "he ain't bo diddley." Another source says it was his nickname as a teenage Golden Gloves boxer. The nickname is also linked to the diddley bow, a one-stringed instrument that was used in the south by black musicians working in the fields. The Victory Monument in the Black Metropolis-Bronzeville District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. ... Louis Jordan swinging on sax, Paramount Theatre, NYC, 1946 (Photo: William P. Gottlieb) Louis Jordan (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975) was a pioneering African-American blues, jazz and rhythm & blues musician and songwriter who enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... A stage name, also called a screen name, is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, comedians, musicians, djs, clowns, and professional wrestlers. ... For other uses, see Slang (disambiguation). ... Golden Gloves The Golden Gloves is the name given to annual competitions for amateur boxing in the United States. ... For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... The diddley bow is an American string instrument of African origin. ...


In late 1954, he teamed up with harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold, drummer Clifton James and bass player Roosevelt Jackson, and recorded demos of "I'm A Man" and "Bo Diddley". They re-recorded the songs at Chess Studios with a backing ensemble comprising Otis Spann (piano), Lester Davenport (harmonica), Frank Kirkland (drums) and Jerome Green (maracas). The record was released in March of 1955, the a-side, "Bo Diddley", becoming an R&B # 1 hit. A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. ... For other uses, see Drum (disambiguation). ... Im A Man (song) may refer to: Im A Man (Spencer Davis Group song) Im A Man (Bo Diddley song) Category: ... Bo Diddley is a rhythm and blues song first recorded and sung by Bo Diddley at the Universal Recording Studio in Chicago and released on the Chess Records subsidiary, Checker Records in 1955. ... The Chess Records logo, as featured on this Memphis Slim single. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Maracas are simple percussion instruments (idiophones), usually played in pairs, consisting of a dried gourd shell (cuia - kOO-ya) filled with seeds or dried beans. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...


The Bo Diddley beat and guitar

Bo Diddley is best known for the "Bo Diddley beat," a rumba-like beat (see clave), similar to "hambone", a style used by street performers who play out the beat by slapping and patting their arms, legs, chest, and cheeks while chanting rhymes. Diddley came across the beat while trying to play Gene Autry's "(I've Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle".[4] Three years before Bo's "Bo Diddley," a song that closely resembles it, "Hambone," was cut by Red Saunders' Orchestra with The Hambone Kids. It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Clave (pronounced clah-vay) is a rhythmic pattern or timeline which has its roots in West African music and was developed in Cuba. ... The Juba dance or hambone, originally known as Pattin Juba (Giouba, Haiti: Djouba), is a style of dance that involves stomping as well as slapping and patting the arms, legs, chest, and cheeks. ... Orvon Gene Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998) was an American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television. ...


In its simplest form, the Bo Diddley beat can be counted out as a two-bar phrase:

One and two and three and four and one and two and three and four. The bolded counts are the clave rhythm.

His songs (for example, "Hey Bo Diddley" and "Who Do You Love?") often have no chord changes; that is, the musicians play the same chord throughout the piece, so that excitement is created by the rhythm, rather than by harmonic tension and release. In his own recordings, Bo Diddley used a variety of rhythms, from straight back beat to pop ballad style, frequently with maracas by Jerome Green. The term clave may refer to Clave, a rhythmic pattern Claves, a percussion instrument This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Hey Bo Diddley is Bo Diddleys 7th single. ... Who Do You Love? is a song written by Bo Diddley. ... Typical fingering for a second inversion C major chord on a guitar. ... In music a back beat (also called the, or a, backbeat) is a term applied to the beats 2 and 4 in a 4/4 bar or a 12/8 bar [1] as opposed to the odd downbeat, (quarter beat 1). ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ...

Bo Diddley in Prague/CZ 2005
Bo Diddley in Prague/CZ 2005

He is also an influential guitar player, with many special effects and other innovations in tone and attack. Bo Diddley's trademark instrument is the rectangular-bodied Gretsch, nicknamed "The Twang Machine" (although he has had other similar-shaped guitars made for him by other manufacturers), a guitar that he developed himself around 1958 and wielded in thousands of concerts over the years. In a 2005 interview on JJJ radio in Australia, Bo implied that the design was born from embarrassment. In an early gig, while jumping around on stage with a Gibson L5 guitar, he landed awkwardly hurting his groin.[citation needed] He then went about designing a smaller, less restrictive guitar so he could keep jumping around. He also plays the violin, which is featured on his mournful instrumental "The Clock Strikes Twelve", a 12-bar blues.[5] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 886 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bo Diddley Metadata This file contains... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 886 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bo Diddley Metadata This file contains... Gretsch is a U.S. musical instrument manufacturer currently being distributed by guitar company Fender and drum craft company Kaman. ... Triple J (JJJ) is a nationally-networked, government-funded Australian radio station (a division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), mainly aimed at youth (defined as those between 12 and 25). ... Image:Gibson L-5. ... For the Anne Rice novel, see Violin (novel). ... Instrumental rock and roll is a type of rock and roll music which emphasises musical instruments, and which features no or very little singing. ... (Redirected from 12 bar blues) Twelve bar blues is a typical blues chord progression, taking twelve 4/4 bars to the verse. ...


His lyrics are often witty and humorous adaptations of folk music themes. The song "Bo Diddley" was based on the lullaby "Hush Little Baby." Likewise, "Hey Bo Diddley" is based on the folk song "Old Macdonald". The rap-style boasting of "Who Do You Love", a wordplay on hoodoo, used many striking lyrics from the African-American tradition of toasts and boasts. His "Say Man" and "Say Man, Back Again" both share a strong connection to the insult game known as the dozens. For example: "You got the nerve to call somebody ugly, why you so ugly the stork that brought you into the world ought to be arrested".[6] Folk song redirects here. ... For other uses, see Lullaby (disambiguation). ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... The roots of hip hop can be found in 1970s block parties in New York City, specifically The Bronx[1]. Hip hop culture, including rapping, scratching, graffiti, and breakdancing. ... Word play is a literary technique in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Your father redirects here. ...


Success in the 1950s and 1960s

On November 20, 1955, he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show only to infuriate the host. "I did two songs and he got mad," Bo Diddley later recalled. "Ed Sullivan said that I was one of the first colored boys to ever double-cross him. Said that I wouldn't last six months". Bo Diddley was asked to sing Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit "Sixteen Tons", but when he appeared on stage, he sang "Bo Diddley." He was banned from further appearances. is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... Tennessee Ernie Ford Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), better known by the stage name Tennessee Ernie Ford, was a pioneering U.S. recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country & western, pop, and gospel musical genres. ... Sixteen Tons is a song about the misery of coal mining, written in 1947 by U.S. country singer Merle Travis. ...


He continued to have hits through the late 1950s and the 1960s, including "Pretty Thing" (1956), "Say Man" (1959) and "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover" (1962). He released a string of albums whose titles — including Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger and Have Guitar, Will Travel — bolstered his self-invented legend. Between 1958 and 1963, Checker Records released 11 full-length albums by Bo Diddley. Although Bo Diddley was a breakthrough crossover artist with white audiences, appearing on the Alan Freed concerts, for example, he rarely tailored his compositions to teenage concerns. Checker Records was started in 1952 as the gospel subsidiary of Chess Records. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


In 1963, he starred in a UK concert tour with the Everly Brothers and Little Richard. The Rolling Stones, still unknown, were much lower on the same bill. Over the decades, his performances have ranged from sweaty Chicago clubs to rock and roll oldies tours. He appeared as an opening act for The Clash and as a guest of the Rolling Stones. On March 28, 1972, he played with The Grateful Dead at the Academy of Music in New York City. This concert was released for the Grateful Dead's Dick's Picks live album series as Volume 30. For the album by The Cure, see Concert (album). ... Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the stage name Little Richard, is an African-American singer, songwriter, and pianist, who began performing in the 1940s and was a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... This article is about the English punk rock band. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jerry Garcia later in life The Grateful Dead was an American rock band, which was formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The Grateful Dead in the early 1980s. ... // Many successful recording artists release at least one live album at some point during their career. ...


In addition to the many songs identified with him, he wrote the pioneering pop song "Love Is Strange" for Mickey and Sylvia under a pseudonym.[7] This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Love Is Strange was a 1957 Top 40 hit for Mickey & Sylvia. ... Mickey Guitar Baker is an American Rock & Roll guitar player. ... Sylvia Robinson (born Sylvia Vanderpool, 6 March 1936 in New York) is a singer, musician and producer. ... For other uses, see Alias. ...


Bo Diddley was one of the first American musicians to have women in his band, including Peggy Jones (aka Lady Bo, b.1940), Norma-Jean Wofford (aka The Duchess, c.1942-2005) and Cornelia Redmond (aka Cookie). He also set up one of the first home recording studios.[2]


The later years

Bo Diddley and Sandy Gennaro playing drums together on "Hey Bo Diddley"
Bo Diddley and Sandy Gennaro playing drums together on "Hey Bo Diddley"

In recent years, Bo Diddley has received numerous accolades in recognition of his role as one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. In 1986, he was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association's Hall of Fame. The following year saw his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His pioneering contribution to rockabilly has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 1996, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. The following year saw his 1955 recording of his song "Bo Diddley" inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a recording of lasting qualitative or historical significance. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 903 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Taken at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara Other images by this contributor - http://en. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 903 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Taken at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara Other images by this contributor - http://en. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, and emerged in the early-1950s. ... The Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established on March 21, 1997 to present early rock and roll history and information relative to the artists and personalities involved in this pioneering American music genre. ... The Rhythm and Blues Foundation is an independent American nonprofit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of rhythm and blues music. ... The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and...


The start of the new millennium saw Bo Diddley inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and into the North Florida Music Association's Hall of Fame. In 2002, he received a Pioneer in Entertainment Award from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and a Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Icon Award. Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ...


In 2003, U.S. Representative John Conyers paid tribute to Bo Diddley in the United States House of Representatives who described him as "one of the true pioneers of rock and roll, who has influenced generations".[8] John Conyers, Jr. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party...


In 2004, Mickey and Sylvia's 1956 recording of his song, "Love Is Strange," was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a recording of qualitative or historical significance, and he was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[9]. Mickey Guitar Baker is an American Rock & Roll guitar player. ... Sylvia Robinson (born Sylvia Vanderpool, 6 March 1936 in New York) is a singer, musician and producer. ... Love Is Strange was a 1957 Top 40 hit for Mickey & Sylvia. ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... The Blues Foundation is an American nonprofit corporation headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee that is affiliated with more than 135 Blues organizations, and with a membership spanning some twenty countries. ... This article is about the magazine. ...


In 2005, Bo Diddley celebrated his 50th anniversary in music with successful tours of Australia and Europe, and with coast-to-coast shows across North America. He performed his song "Bo Diddley" with Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 20th annual induction ceremony and in the UK, Uncut magazine included his 1958 debut album "Bo Diddley" in its listing of the '100 Music, Movie & TV Moments That Have Changed The World'. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North American redirects here. ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Robbie Robertson (born Jaime Robert Robertson, 5 July 1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a songwriter, guitarist and singer, best known for his membership in The Band. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... UNCUT magazine is a popular monthly publication based in London, which is available across the English speaking world, and focuses on films, music and books. ...


In 2006, Bo Diddley participated as the headliner of a grass-roots organized fundraiser concert, to benefit the town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The "Florida Keys for Katrina Relief" was originally set for October 23, 2005, but Hurricane Wilma barreled through the Florida Keys on October 24, causing flooding and economic mayhem. In January of 2006, the Florida Keys had recovered enough to host the fundraising concert to benefit the more hard-hit community of Ocean Springs. When asked about the fundraiser Bo Diddley stated, "This is the United States of America. We believe in helping one another." [10] Location of city of Ocean Springs, Mississippi (right) on the Gulf of Mexico Ocean Springs is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, about 2 miles east of Biloxi. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lowest pressure 882 mbar (hPa; 26. ... Palm trees in Islamorada The Florida Keys is an archipelago of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Palm trees in Islamorada The Florida Keys is an archipelago of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. ...


He spent many years in New Mexico, not only as a musician, but as a law officer.[11]He lived in Los Lunas from 1971 to 1978 while continuing his musical career. Bo Diddley served for two and a half years as Deputy Sheriff in the Valencia County Citizens' Patrol; during that time he personally purchased and donated three highway patrol pursuit cars.[12] Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Largest metro area Albuquerque metropolitan area Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... Los Lunas is a village located in Valencia County, New Mexico. ...


He currently resides in Archer, Florida, a small farming town near Gainesville, Florida, where he attends a born again Christian church with some of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He continues to tour around the world, and as of the summer of 2006, he was planning to record some faith-based songs, at least some of which would be utilizing his own original music. Archer is a city located in Alachua County, Florida. ... Location in Alachua County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Incorporated (city) 15 April 1869 Government  - Type Council-manager  - Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan  - City Manager Russ Blackburn Area [1]  - City 49. ... Born again Cristian: A person who has renewed their christian faith ...


Bo Diddley performed a number of shows around the country in 2005 and 2006 with the Johnnie Johnson Band, featuring Johnson on keyboards, Richard Hunt on drums and Gus Thornton on bass. Cover of Johnnie . ...


Cover versions and tributes

The Bo Diddley beat has been used by many other artists, notably Elvis Presley ("His Latest Flame"); U2 ("Desire"); The Smiths ("How Soon Is Now?"); Roxette ("Harleys And Indians (Riders In The Sky)"). Dee Clark - A former member of the Hambone Kids (see above) ("Hey Little Girl"); Johnny Otis ("Willie and the Hand Jive"); George Michael ("Faith"); The Strangeloves ("I Want Candy"); Guns N' Roses ("Mr. Brownstone"); David Bowie ("Panic in Detroit"); The Pretenders ("Cuban Slide"); The Police ("Deathwish"); Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders ("The Game of Love"); The Supremes ("When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes"); Jefferson Airplane ("She Has Funny Cars"); The White Stripes ("Screwdriver"); The Byrds ("Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe"); Tiny Letters ("Song For Jerome Green") and The Stooges ("1969"). The early The Rolling Stones sound was strongly associated with their versions of "Not Fade Away" and "I Need You Baby (Mona)". Elvis redirects here. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Desire is the lead single from U2s 1988 album, Rattle and Hum. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987. ... How Soon Is Now? is a 1984 song written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr and first released by their band The Smiths. ... Roxette is a Swedish pop-music double act, sometimes rock-influenced, whose members are Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. ... Dee Clark (7 November 1938 —- 7 December 1990) was an African-American soul singer best known for a string of R&B and pop hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the ballad Raindrops, which became a million-seller in the United States in 1961. ... Johnny Otis Johnny Otis (born Ioannis (Yannis) Veliotes on December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California) is an American blues and rhythm and blues pianist, vibraphonist, drummer, singer, bandleader, and impresario. ... This article is about the musician. ... For Céline Dions single by the same name, see Faith. ... The Strangeloves were an American songwriting/production team in the 1960s who pretended to be an Australian band. ... I Want Candy is a song written and originally recorded by The Strangeloves in 1965 that went to number 11 in USA. It is a famous example of a song that uses the Bo Diddley beat. ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... The Pretenders are an Anglo-American rock band. ... This article is about the rock band. ... The Mindbenders (originally called Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders) was a 1960s British Invasion beat group, hailing from Manchester. ... The Mindbenders (originally called Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders) was a 1960s British Invasion band from Manchester. ... This article is about the album The Game of Love by Elena Paparizou. ... For other uses, see Supremes (disambiguation). ... Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... She Has Funny Cars is a rock song by 1960s written by Marty Balin and Jorma Kaukonen from the band Jefferson Airplane. ... This article is about the American duo. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Not Fade Away is a song written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty and performed by Holly; the songs rhythm pattern is one of the classic examples of the Bo Diddley beat. ...


His own songs have been frequently covered. The Animals and Bob Seger both recorded "The Story of Bo Diddley". The Who, The Remains and The Yardbirds covered "I'm a Man"; whilst The Woolies, George Thorogood and Juicy Lucy had hits with "Who Do You Love", which was also covered by Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Jesus and Mary Chain; and was a concert favorite of The Doors. Chris Isaak covered "Diddley Daddy" on his third album, Heart Shaped World. Diddley's "Road Runner" was also frequently covered, including by Humble Pie and The Who in concert, and on Aerosmith's Honkin' on Bobo album. Guru Guru - a popular Krautrock band - performed "Bo Diddley" on their live album Essen 1970, though the track cuts off rather abruptly at the twelve minute mark. Both Eric Clapton and Creedence Clearwater Revival covered "Before You Accuse Me". Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker counts Diddley as one of her chief influences and covered 'Bo Diddley' on her solo album Life in Exile After Abdication. Tom Petty, has played "I Need You Baby (Mona)" in concert, and even performed it with Diddley himself in 1999. // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The US edition of The Animals self-titled debut album. ... Robert Clark Seger (born May 5, 1945) is a Rock and Roll singer, songwriter, and musician from Michigan. ... The Who are a British rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... The Remains were a mid-1960s rock group from Boston, Massachusetts, led by Barry Tashian. ... Not to be confused with Yard Birds. ... Im A Man (song) may refer to: Im A Man (Spencer Davis Group song) Im A Man (Bo Diddley song) Category: ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Juicy Lucy were saucy blues-rockers, who formed in 1969 from the ashes of the cult garage band The Misunderstood; thus uniting vocalist Ray Owen, steel guitarist Glenn Ross Campbell and keyboardist Chris Mercer. ... Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of San Franciscos original psychedelic bands of the late 1960s. ... The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band that revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. ... The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Heart Shaped World is the breakthrough album by Chris Isaak released in 1989, featuring the Top 10 hit Wicked Game. // Heart Shaped World – 3:26 Im Not Waiting – 3:15 Dont Make Me Dream About You – 3:30 Kings of the Highway – 4:44 Wicked Game – 4:46... For the album by The Cure, see Concert (album). ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... Honkin on Bobo is the fourteenth studio album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music). ... Guru Guru is one of the most notable German Krautrock bands, existing from the late 1960s to the present. ... Krautrock, also known as Kosmische Musik, is a generic name for the experimental music scene that appeared in Germany in the late 1960s and gained popularity throughout the 1970s. ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Creedence Clearwater Revival (commonly referred to by its initials CCR or simply as Creedence) was an American rock band, which consisted of John Fogerty (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano), Tom Fogerty (guitar, vocals, piano), Stu Cook (bass guitar, vocals), and Doug Clifford (drums, percussion, vocals). ... The Velvet Underground and Nico (from left to right: John Cale, Nico, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker) The Velvet Underground (Affectionately known as The Velvets, or V.U. for short) was an American rock and roll band of the late 1960s. ... Maureen Ann Moe Tucker (born August 26, 1944, in Levittown, New York, United States) is a musician best known for having been the drummer for the rock group The Velvet Underground. ... Life in Exile after Abdication is the 1989 sophomore album by Maureen Tucker. ... Thomas Earl Tom Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a singer and guitarist. ...


Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy" (originally "Manish Boy") was an adaptation of Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" and also an answer song, the title being Muddy Waters' take on his younger rival. Tiny Letters recorded a song called "song to Jerome Green," about Bo's maraca player. "Say Man" was Bo Diddley's only Top 40 hit. David Lindley recorded a tribute song entitled "Pay Bo Diddley". The Jesus and Mary Chain covered "Who Do You Love" on their 12" "April Skies" in 1987 and in the same year recorded a tribute song "Bo Diddley is Jesus" on a 2x7". Elliott Murphy used both his name and beat in his song "Bilbao Bo Diddley". Ronnie Hawkins recorded and covered "Hey Bo Diddley", "Bo Diddley" and "Who Do You Love" during his many recording sessions, including those with his backing band of the time, The Hawks, who later became known as The Band. The Finnish rock/blues band Max on the Rox also covered "Who Do You Love" in their second album, Rox II. McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... This is an incomplete list. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... David Lindley (born 1944 in San Marino, California) is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist (his instruments include a variety of stringed instruments such as banjo, lap steel guitar, violin, oud, cittern, bouzouki, saz, and cümbüş). During 1966 to 1970 he was part of the eclectic psychedelic band Kaleidoscope. ... The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band that revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. ... Elliott James Murphy (born March 16, 1949 in New York, Long Island, New York) is an American rock singer-songwriter, novelist, producer and journalist living in Paris. ... Ronnie Hawkins, born January 10, 1935 in Huntsville, Arkansas, United States, is a pioneering rock and roll musician and cousin to fellow rockabilly pioneer Dale Hawkins. ... Bo Diddley is a rhythm and blues song first recorded and sung by Bo Diddley at the Universal Recording Studio in Chicago and released on the Chess Records subsidiary, Checker Records in 1955. ... For other uses, see Band. ... Max On The Rox is a rock/blues band from Vaasa, Finland. ... Rox II is the second album by Max on the Rox, released in 2002 and recorded live during 5. ...


Diddley was also very popular by proto-punk musicians and later in the punk scene. For example both the New York Dolls and The Lurkers recorded their own version of his song "Pills", and Diddley was the opening act on The Clash's first U.S. tour. For the self-titled debut album, visit New York Dolls (album) The New York Dolls are a rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... The Lurkers were a late 1970s English punk rock group from West London, notable for being the first group ever on Beggars Banquet Records. ... This article is about the English punk rock band. ...


Bo Diddley's song "Who Do You Love" can be heard in the intro credits to the movie La Bamba. This article is about motion pictures. ... La Bamba is an American biographical film released in 1987 written and directed by Luis Valdez. ...


He also appeared on a 2003 episode of the sitcom According to Jim entitled "Bo Diddley" According to Jim is an American situation comedy television series originally broadcast by ABC. The show premiered with little publicity in October 2001, following the surprise hit comedy My Wife and Kids. ...


He also had a small role as a pawnbroker in the 1983 film Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. This article is about the 1983 movie. ... For other uses, see Eddie Murphy (disambiguation). ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ...


2007 illness

On May 17, 2007, Bo Diddley was reported [13] to be in intensive care in Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, following a stroke during a concert at Council Bluffs, Iowa on May 13. He has a history of hypertension and diabetes, and tests indicated that the stroke affected the left side of his brain, impairing his speech and speech recognition. A spokeswoman said there were no further details on his condition, or how long he would be in hospital. A later report indicated that Diddley was in "guarded" condition.[14] Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university located in Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America. ... Omaha redirects here. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... The Grenville M. Dodge House, built in 1869 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. ...


While recovering from the massive stroke and heart attack, he came back to his home town of (McComb) for the unveiling of a plaque, on the National Blues Trail devoted to him. The plaque stated he was "acclaimed as a founder of rock and roll." He was not supposed to perform but as he listened to the music of local musician Jesse Robinson, who sang a song written for this occasion, Robinson sensed Bo Diddley wanted to perform and handed him a microphone. This was the first time Bo Diddley performed publicly since his stroke and heart attack.[15]


In 1963, Buddy Holly's version of "Bo Diddley" provided him with a top-ten posthumous hit in the UK, peaking at No. 7 in the summer of that year. The B-side of Holly's 1958 hit, "Oh Boy", namely "Not Fade Away" (part-written by Holly, under the pseudonym "Charles Hardin" {Buddy Holly was christened "Charles Hardin Holley"}) also featured the classic Bo Diddley beat, and inspired The Rolling Stones version of 1964, which was their second UK release (peaking at No. 7 in the UK early in 1964) and their first release in the USA.


Discography

  • Bo Diddley (1958)
  • Go Bo Diddley (1959)
  • Have Guitar Will Travel (1960) [1]
  • Bo Diddley in the Spotlight (1960)
  • Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger (1960) (Checker 2977) Album Cover
  • 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 (with Chuck Berry) (1964)
  • Hey Good Lookin' (1965)
  • 500% More Man (1965)
  • The Originator (1966)
  • Super Blues (with Muddy Waters & Little Walter) (1967)
  • Super Super Blues Band (with 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 (with Ronnie Wood) (1992)
  • This Should Not Be (1993)
  • Promises (1994)
  • A Man Amongst Men (1996)
  • Moochas Gracias (with Anna Moo) (2002)
  • Dick's Picks #30 (1972 5-song Live Session with The Grateful Dead) (2003)

Bo Diddley is the debut album by rock and roll pioneer and blues icon Bo Diddley. ... Go Bo Diddley is the 1959 sophomore album by Bo Diddley. ... Bo Diddleys Beach Party is the twelfth album by rock musician Bo Diddley. ... Two Great Guitars - Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry is a Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry album which was recorded and released in 1964 and is now considered to be one of rock musics earliest super session albums. ... Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born 18 October 1926, St. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... Little Walter (born Marion Walter Jacobs) (May 1, 1930 - February 15, 1968) was a blues singer, harmonica player, and guitarist. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin Wolf or sometimes, The Howlin Wolf, was an influential blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. ... Ron Wood (born June 1, 1947 in London) is a British rock guitarist and best known as a member of The Rolling Stones and The Faces. ... Jerry Garcia later in life The Grateful Dead was an American rock band, which was formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Some sources give his name as Otha Ellas Bates
  2. ^ a b Bo Diddley
  3. ^ http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/jerome.html Jerome Green
  4. ^ Blues Reflections
  5. ^ http://oldies.about.com/od/buyersguides/gr/diddleymasters.htm
  6. ^ "Say Man" (McDaniels) 1958
  7. ^ http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/career70s.html
  8. ^ http://www.s9.com/Biography/Diddley-Bo
  9. ^ The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  10. ^ http://www.floridakeysforkatrinarelief.com/musical_performers.htm
  11. ^ http://www.newmexicomusic.org/noteable.php?select=5
  12. ^ http://www.newmexicomusic.org/noteable.php?select=5
  13. ^ BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Musician Diddley suffers stroke
  14. ^ Publicist: Bo Diddley Hospitalized After Stroke - Entertainment News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh
  15. ^ WLBT 3 - Jackson, MS: Bo Diddley Honored In Hometown

See also

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