Bo Diddley

1928 - 2008

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Ellas Otha Bates (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known professionally as Bo Diddley, was an American guitarist and singer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll. He influenced many artists, including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, George Thorogood, Syd Barrett, and the Clash. His use of African rhythms and a signature beat, a simple five-accent hambone rhythm, is a cornerstone of hip hop, rock, and pop music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bo Diddley has received more than 2,763,493 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia. Bo Diddley is the 351st most popular musician (down from 350th in 2019), the 1,950th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,966th in 2019) and the 99th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Bo Diddley ranks 351 out of 3,175Before him are George Young, Gustavo Santaolalla, Dave Murray, Valery Gergiev, Moby, and Ram Narayan. After him are Peggy Lee, Isaac Hayes, David Crosby, John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, and Yngwie Malmsteen.

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Among people born in 1928, Bo Diddley ranks 121Before him are Daisaku Ikeda, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Edward Albee, Hannah Pick-Goslar, Natalie Zemon Davis, and Paulo Mendes da Rocha. After him are Peter Naur, Howard S. Becker, Hayden White, Branko Mikulić, Desmond Morris, and Fumihiko Maki. Among people deceased in 2008, Bo Diddley ranks 67Before him are Youssef Chahine, Muslim Magomayev, Hugo Claus, Imad Mughniyah, Mauricio Kagel, and Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo. After him are Isaac Hayes, Henry Molaison, Jean-Marie Balestre, Eartha Kitt, Mate Parlov, and Bettie Page.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bo Diddley ranks 1,950 out of 20,380Before him are Robert E. Park (1864), Donna Karan (1948), Robert Fogel (1926), Billy Dee Williams (1937), Dean Koontz (1945), and Langston Hughes (1902). After him are James Newton Howard (1951), Eric Adams (1952), Mark W. Clark (1896), Dana Elcar (1927), Peggy Lee (1920), and Paul Schrader (1946).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Bo Diddley ranks 99Before him are Paul Desmond (1924), Johnny Ramone (1948), Fred Durst (1970), Peter Criss (1945), Bruno Mars (1985), and Moby (1965). After him are Peggy Lee (1920), Isaac Hayes (1942), David Crosby (1941), Alan Menken (1949), Robert Trujillo (1964), and Woody Guthrie (1912).