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Ellas Otha Bates (Bo Diddley) was born on December 30, 1928 and died on June 2, 2008. He is one of the most original artistes in music, in any genre. He is also known for his distinctive guitar designs and technical innovations. For songwriting credits he used a third name: Ellas McDaniel. His records feature insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged electric guitar sound. The African rhythms and his five-accent rhythm are a cornerstone of rock, R&B and pop music.
Bo Diddley was inspired to take up music when he watched John Lee Hooker perform. His other early influences are thought to be Muddy Waters and Louis Jordan. His signature song, Bo Diddley, was recorded in 1954 at Chess Records with Roosevelt Jackson (bass), Otis Spann (piano), Lester Davenport (harmonica), Frank Kirkland (drums), and Jerome Green (maracas). The record was released in March 1955, becoming a No. 1 hit on the American R&B Charts.