His birth name was Ellas Otha Bates, but as a child he changed it to Ellas McDan…
Written by megarock on December 31, 2017
His birth name was Ellas Otha Bates, but as a child he changed it to Ellas McDaniel. As he got older he got the nickname ‘The Originator’ and he played a 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, Jimi Hendrix and Parliament Funkadelic.
You will know him better by his stage name Bo Diddley. If Bo were still with us, he would have turned 89 years old today.
He instigated a constant driving rhythm and biting electric guitar sound which he applied to a wide range of songs. His use of African rhythms and a signature beat, a simple five-accent clave rhythm, is a cornerstone of hip hop, rock, and pop. In recognition of his achievements Bo Diddley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is also recognised for his technical innovations, including his trademark rectangular guitar.
He is one of the Founding Fathers of this thing we call Rock and Roll. We lost Bo on June 2, 2008. He was 79 years old.
Happy Birthday Bo. Return If Possible. Music could use you again.