Album covers for Bo Diddley

Album covers for albums by Bo Diddley, found by OneMusicAPI.

Born to the name of Ellas Otha Bates, Bo Diddley was a famous and legendary singer, composer, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter. He has another stage name, Ellas McDaniel that he sometimes used for the past six decades of his ongoing success. He was born on December 30, 1928 in McComb, Mississippi, after which his mother’s cousin named Gussie McDaniel immediately adopted him. They moved to Chicago in 1934 and it was then, when he started attending the local Baptist church, that he started playing several musical instruments such as the trombone and violin. Finally, his skills became popular and he became a member of the orchestra.

However, he was more interested when he first heard the upbeat tempo and guitar solos of Pentecostal Church and this was when he began studying guitar and other forms of music that basically include rhythm and blues and rock and roll. He was the first one to create a kind of music that mixed blues to rock and roll hence, making him a music guru of a lot of iconic music stars known today such as Eric Clapton, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, The Yardbirds, The Who, and a lot more. Bo Diddley is also an inventor of various technical geniuses that include the famous rectangular electric guitar.

It was on June 2, 2008 when Diddley died due to heart failure. He passed on unexpectedly at his home in Florida. His last words were, “I’m going to heaven” and this was after Walk Around the Heaven (a gospel song) was sung on his bedside.


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