Bo Diddley Assignment
(By Tom and Daniel)




Bo Diddley when he had all of his hair
Bo Diddley when he had all of his hair
Bo Diddley posing while still young
Bo Diddley posing while still young
Go Bo Diddley album cover
Go Bo Diddley album cover
Bo Diddley with his iconic "Brick Guitar"
Bo Diddley with his iconic "Brick Guitar"

Bo Diddleys Influences And Life!
Ellas Otha Bates, or Bo Diddley, was born on the 30th of December in 1928 and died only three years ago on the 2nd of June 2008. He was born in Mississippi and raised by his aunty. When his music career started he gained the name Bo Diddley to catch on with the popular music industry. When he was only six years old he moved with his family to the more "black" populated south side of Chicago. One of the main influences for the start of his music life was his commitment to the local Baptist church group, where he learned the violin and trombone, but more importantly, developed a love for playing in front of a crowd and a passion for music. Bo diddley helped create a new style for the mainstream American audiences and progressed the works of blues, rock 'n roll and rhythm and blues.
Bo Diddleys Career!
Bo Diddley has worked with many artists in his professional music career spanning 53 years (from his first hit single named "Bo Diddley" in March 1955), some of these artists include: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (featured video), Everly Brothers, Little Richard, the early Rolling Stones, Jody William,"The Duchess": Norma-Jean Wofford, Peggy Jones or "Lady Bo", Cornelia Redmond and Debby, The Clash, Cheryl Crow, Robert Cray and countless others of such high musical calibre.

His early band consisted of Billy Boy Arnold,Clifton James and Roosevelt Jackson playing the harmonica, drums and bass guitar respectively. They in conjunction with back-up artists
Otis Spannon on the piano, and Jerome Green playing the maracas, Frank Kirkland on the drums and Lester Davenport playing harmonica and Chess Records recorded the songs "I'm a Man" and "Bo Diddley."
Achievements!
Throughout Bo's career he has been commended with awards, such as being inducted into the Rock and Roll and Rockabilly Halls of Fame, awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences accolades and an honorary degree from the University of Florida, just to name a few.

Bo lived a life of success and inspirational music which helped shape the songs we love in popular culture today.