Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley
1928 - 2008

Bo Diddley  American Musician


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Bo Diddley passed away on 2nd Jun 2008 aged 79.


Bo Diddley was previously married to Sylvia Paiz (1992 - 2008), Kay Reynolds (1960 - 1980), Ethel-mae Smith (1946 - 1956) and Louise Woolingham.


American Musician Bo Diddley passed away on 2nd Jun 2008 at his home in Archer, Florida. aged 79. Born Ellas Bates on 30th December, 1928 in McComb, Mississippi, USA and educated at Foster Vocational High School in Chicago, Bo Diddley is most remembered for Blues diddler and rectangular guitarist in a career that spanned 1943–2007. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.

Bo Diddley is a member of the following lists: Singers from Mississippi, Bo Diddley and Checker Records artists.


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Total4 20 years 11 years, 5 months 10 years


First Name Bo
Last Name Diddley
Full Name at Birth Ellas Bates
Alternative Name The Black Gladiator, The Originator, Ellas B. McDaniel, Ellas McDaniel
Age 79 (age at death) years
Birthday 30th December, 1928
Birthplace McComb, Mississippi, USA
Died 2nd June, 2008
Place of Death at his home in Archer, Florida.
Cause of Death heart failure
Height 5' 7" (170 cm)
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
High School Foster Vocational High School in Chicago
Occupation Text Singer-songwriter, musician
Occupation Musician
Claim to Fame Blues diddler and rectangular guitarist
Music Genre (Text) Chicago blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, blues
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Year(s) Active 1943–2007
Music Style Early R&B, Rock & Roll, R&B, Electric Chicago Blues, Blues, Regional Blues
Music Mood Confident, Joyous, Party/Celebratory, Exuberant, Rousing, Rollicking, Playful, Boisterous, Freewheeling, Crunchy, Swaggering, Earthy, Rowdy, Street-Smart, Rambunctious, Raucous, Bravado
Instrument Guitar, Vocals, Violin
Instrument (text) Vocals, guitar, violin, keyboards, percussion, drums
Record Label Checker, Chess, BoKay Productions, RCA, MF Productions, Triple X, Atlantic
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Bo Diddley (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), born Ellas Otha Bates but changed as a child to Ellas McDaniel, was an American R&B and Chicago Blues vocalist and guitarist. In addition, he was a songwriter and music producer, usually as Ellas McDaniel, and had cameo appearances in movies. He was nicknamed The Originator because of his key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll, and rock, and influenced a host of acts, including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, the Who, the Animals, Pink Floyd, the Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Jesus and Mary Chain.

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Bo Diddley79 CapricornMusician
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Tammi DeanneFemale
Terri Lynne McDanielFemale


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So Weird1999FrankTV Show
Blues Brothers 20001998The Louisiana Gator BoysMovie
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!1989Legendary GuitaristMovie
Trading Places1983PawnbrokerMovie
Crush Proof1972Movie




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