Bo Diddley was born in Mcomb, MS on December 30. 1928. He died on June 2, 2008, but he did lead a successful life. His real name was Ellas Otha Bates. Bo was adopted by his mother's cousin, Gussie Mcdaniel, and then became Ellas Mcdaniel, then as Bo Diddley on stage. Bo is known for being a rock & roll vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, & inventor. He was also known for his transition from the blues to rock and roll, and also for inventing the rectangular guitar. He was put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. With hard work and dedication, he was able to become famous. He started out in a choir, then on street corners with friends, also for tips at the Maxwell Street market(1943-1944), playing on the streets with Roosevelt Jackson and Jody Williams(1951),with a regular spot at the 708 club on Chicago South Side(1951), played lead guitar on "Who Do You Love?" in 1956, then teamed up with harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold and drummer Clifton James and bass player Roosevelt Jackson in 1954, and then recorded demos which were released in 1955. Bo was also a bit of an actor. He teamed up with Bo Jackson in the late 1980s in Nike's famous “Bo Knows” commercials. In 1998, he appeared alongside legendary guitarist B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter as members of the Louisiana Gator Boys in the film Blues Brothers 2000. He died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida. Bo Diddley was a very successful man!!
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