Bo Diddley

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: blues rhythm and blues rock and roll rock soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Otha Ellas Bates (later known as Ellas McDaniel), 30 December 1928, McComb, Mississippi, USA. After beginning his career as a boxer, where he received the sobriquet ‘Bo Diddley’, the singer worked the blues clubs of Chicago with a repertoire influenced by Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. In late 1954, he teamed up with Billy Boy Arnold and recorded demos of ‘I’m A Man’ and ‘Bo Diddley’. Re-recorded at Chess Studios with a backing ensemble comprising Otis Spann (piano), Lester Davenport (harmonica), Frank Kirkland (drums) and Jerome Green (maracas), the a-side, ‘Bo Diddley’, became an R&B hit in 1955. Before long, Diddley’s distorted, amplified, custom-made guitar, with its rectangular shape and pumping rhythm style became a familiar, much-imitated trademark, as did his self-referential songs with such titles as ‘Bo Diddley’s A Gunslinger’, ‘Diddley Daddy’ and...

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