Bo Diddley

1928 - 2008

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Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates; December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer 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, 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. In recognition of his achievements, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2017. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bo Diddley has received more than 1,937,342 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Bo Diddley is the 298th most popular musician (down from 283rd in 2019), the 1,624th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,469th in 2019) and the 89th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Bo Diddley ranks 298 out of 2,675Before him are Gustavo Santaolalla, Émile Waldteufel, Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller, Ornette Coleman, Burt Bacharach, and Woody Guthrie. After him are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wallace Hartley, Nicko McBrain, Friedrich Kalkbrenner,, and Chico Buarque.

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Among people born in 1928, Bo Diddley ranks 97Before him are Roddy McDowall, Sara Montiel, Fred Rogers, Elliott Erwitt, Burt Bacharach, and Seymour Papert. After him are Vladimir Beara, Pedro Casaldáliga, Jack Kevorkian, Frank Borman, Edward Albee, and Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Among people deceased in 2008, Bo Diddley ranks 57Before him are Jerry Reed, Muslim Magomayev, Youssef Chahine, Mauricio Kagel, Lansana Conté, and Hugo Claus. After him are Jean-Marie Balestre, Janez Drnovšek, Isaac Hayes, Joshua Lederberg, Eartha Kitt, and Thomas Huckle Weller.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bo Diddley ranks 1,624 out of 15,968Before him are Creighton Abrams (1914), Samuel C. C. Ting (1936), Lance Armstrong (1971), Lil Wayne (1982), Joseph Greenberg (1915), and Joey Ramone (1951). After him are Josh Brolin (1968), Kenneth G. Wilson (1936), Marcheline Bertrand (1950), Ed McBain (1926), Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), and Don DeLillo (1936).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Bo Diddley ranks 89Before him are John Zorn (1953), Izzy Stradlin (1962), Art Tatum (1909), Ornette Coleman (1930), Burt Bacharach (1928), and Woody Guthrie (1912). After him are Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), (1975), McCoy Tyner (1938), Lester Young (1909), Buddy Guy (1936), and Isaac Hayes (1942).