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30 December 2007

Happy Birthday Bo Diddley

Happy Birthday Bo Diddley. On 30 December, 1928, Bo Diddley was born in McComb, Mississippi. (His name at that time was Ellas McDaniel.)

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music describes Bo Diddley as “one of the most influential R&B artists of the mid-‘50s.” He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. On its site, the RRHF states the following:

Bo Diddley broke new ground in rock and roll’s formative years with his unique guitar work, indelible African rhythms, inventive songwriting, and larger-than-life persona. He will forever be known for popularizing one of the foundational rhythms of rock and roll: the Bo Diddley beat.
We celebrate Bo Diddley both as an indies artist and as a great inspiration to and source for generations of indie artists.