Posted by themusicsover on June 2, 2010
Bo Diddley (Born Ellas Otha Bates)
December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008
Known as “The Originator,” Bo Diddley was arguably THE flash point of rock ‘n roll. He took the blues and injected a shot of the devil into it, forever bridging the gap between the two art forms. As a singer, guitarist and songwriter, Diddley was a direct influence on many of the greatest artists in rock history. The “Bo Diddley Beat” directly inspired the likes of Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Grateful Dead, U2, George Thorogood, Elton John and countless others. Bo Diddley died of heart failure on June 2, 2008. He was 79.
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