Bo Diddley

Born: December 30, 1928
McComb, MS, USA

Ever heard "I Want Candy" or "Not Fade Away" or "Willie & The Hand Jive", Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame" or U2's "Desire" or George Michael's "Faith"? If you have, then you've heard the "Bo Diddley-beat"; the most famous beat in the world!

One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, Bo Diddley's innovative pounding and hypnotic, latin-tinged beat, his vast array of electric custom-built guitars, his use of reverb, tremelo and distortion to make his guitars talk, mumble and roar, his use of female musicians, his wild stage shows, and his on-record and on-stage rapping, pre-date all others.

Born in the small town of McComb, Mississippi in 1928 and raised in Chicago, his recording career began in the studios of Chess Records in 1955, when he recorded 2 of his most famous songs, "Bo Diddley" and "I'm A Man".

Now in his early 70s, Bo Diddley is still very active in the recording studio and in the clubs and the concert halls around the world. He was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and in 1998 received a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Grammy Awards Ceremony. In the words of one of his many famous songs, "Bo Diddley Put The Rock in Rock 'n' Roll", and remember..... Bo Knows!

Thanks for the excellent biography, as well as other information on Bo Diddley, to David Blakely, webmaster of Bo Diddley the Originator.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Songwriter Vocals Guitar


Bo Diddley Has Worked With:
Billy Boy Arnold Chuck Berry Little Walter Muddy Waters Howlin' Wolf Ron Wood Billy Stewart Willie Dixon Otis Spann Buddy Guy

Bo Diddley Was Influenced By:
Cab Calloway

Artists That Were Influenced By Bo Diddley:
James Brown Lester Davenport Rory Gallagher Jerry McCain Bobby Parker Billy Stewart George Thorogood
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