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Bo Diddley

Biography

R&B vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist who was simply inducted in to the Stone Hall of Popularity for pioneering the changeover of blues to rock and roll. While working being a carpenter and a mechanic, he’d play gigs on the road. He examined the trombone and violin after his family members moved south Aspect of Chicago. His documenting of the tune “Bo Diddley” was inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Popularity because of its effect on American music. He wedded Louise Woolingham in 1946, after that Ethel Mae Smith in 1949, after that Kay Reynolds in 1960, and Sylvia Paiz in 1992. His function highly influenced the task of several renowned music artists like Pal Holly.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bo Diddley
Date Of Birth December 30, 1928
Died June 2, 2008, Archer, Florida, United States
Place Of Birth Mississippi
Height 1.7 m
Profession R&B Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Sylvia Paiz, Kay Reynolds, Ethel Smith, Louise Woolingham
Children Evelyn Kelly, Tammi D. McDaniel, Ellas Anthony McDaniel, Terri Lynn McDaniel
Parents Ethel Wilson, Gussie McDaniel, Eugene Bates
Siblings Willis McDaniel, Lucille McDaniel, Freddie McDaniel
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Movies Trading Places, Blues Brothers 2000, Sweet Toronto, The London Rock and Roll Show, The Wretches Are Still Singing, Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley's Rock 'n' Roll All-Star Jam, Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street, Rock and Roll at 50, 30th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll All-Star Jam: Bo Diddley, Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey: A Journey to Music's Heart and Soul
TV Shows All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Following his death, tributes were paid to his lasting impact by many performers of varying ages, including B.B. King, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, Alex Kapranos, Richard Hawley, Eric Burdon, Mickey Hart, Slash, Albert Hammond Jr., George Thorogood, Tom Petty and Jerry Lee Lewis.
2Suffered a stroke and a heart attack in 2007.
3He was voted the 20th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
4Wrote the hit song "Love Is Strange", but published it under the name of his wife, Ethel Smith due to a dispute with Leonard Chess, owner of Chess-Checker-Argo Records. The song was a #5 R&B hit for Mickey & Sylvia in 1957.
51968: He moved from Washington, DC, to Granada Hills, California.
61934: He moved from McComb, Mississippi, to Chicago, Illinois.
71978: He moved from Los Lunas, New Mexico, to Hawthorne, Florida.
81971: He moved from Granada Hills, California, to Los Lunas, New Mexico.
91960: He moved from Chicago, Illinois, to Washington, DC.
10Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987.
11As a child, he was taught to play the violin by the music director of his church. One of his fellow students grew up to become jazz violinist Leroy Jenkins.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stealing Home1988performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Short Circuit 21988performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Two Moon Junction1988writer: "Who Do You Love?" - as E. McDaniel
Tapeheads1988performer: "Surfer's Love Chant" / writer: "Surfer's Love Chant"
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon1988performer: "I'M A MAN" / writer: "I'M A MAN"
The Big Town1987performer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE" / writer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellis McDaniel
La Bamba1987lyrics: "Who Do You Love" - as E. McDaniel / music: "Who Do You Love" - as E. McDaniel / performer: "Who Do You Love"
Miami Vice1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Willy/Milly1986writer: "Mannish Boy"
Meatballs III: Summer Job1986performer: "Make Up Your Mind Tonight" / writer: "Who Do You Love"
The Color of Money1986performer: "She's Fine - She's Mine" / writer: "She's Fine - She's Mine"
Crime StoryTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling1986writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel
Better Off Dead...1985writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel
The Sex O'Clock News1985performer: "Do Your Thing" / writer: "Do Your Thing"
Live Aid1985TV Special documentary writer: "Who Do You Love"
Breaking All the Rules1985as Ellas McDaniel, "Mannish Boy"
ArenaTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1984 writer - 1 episode, 1984
Hells Angels Forever1983Documentary performer: "Do Your Thing", "Nasty Man" / writer: "Do Your Thing"
Risky Business1983writer: "Mannish Boy"
WKRP in CincinnatiTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980
More American Graffiti1979writer: "I'm a Man"
The Last Waltz1978Documentary writer: "Who Do You Love", "Mannish Boy"
Iltatähti1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
Let the Good Times Roll1973Documentary performer: "I'm a Man" / writer: "I'm a Man"
Fritz the Cat1972performer: "Bo Diddley" 1955 / writer: "Bo Diddley" 1955 - as Ellas McDaniel
Top of the Pops1970TV Series writer - 1 episode
Music SceneTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1970 writer - 1 episode, 1970
Charlie Is My Darling1966Documentary writer: "I'm alright"
New American Bandstand 19651966TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Big T.N.T. Show1966Documentary performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Shindig!TV Series writer - 6 episodes, 1965 performer - 1 episode, 1965
Hollywood a Go GoTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1965 performer - 1 episode, 1965
The T.A.M.I. Show1964Documentary writer: "I'm All Right"
Don't Knock the Twist1962writer: "Hey Bo Diddley"
Gimme Danger2016Documentary writer: "I'm A Man"
Girl on the Escalator2016Short performer: "Who Do You Love?"
The Aliens2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
11.22.632016TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Vinyl2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Please Like Me2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV Movie performer: "Bo Diddley Is Crazy" / writer: "Bo Diddley Is Crazy"
Entourage2015writer: "I'm A Man" - as Ellas McDaniel
Frankenstein2015writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel
Mad Dogs2015TV Series writer: "I'm a Man" - as Ellas McDaniel, uncredited
Sleepy Hollow2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
M Is for Matchmaker2014Short lyrics: "Love is Strange" / music: "Love is Strange"
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Mixology2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
True Detective2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wolf of Wall Street2013performer: "Road Runner", "Pretty Thing", "I Need You Baby Mona" / writer: "Road Runner", "I Need You Baby Mona" - as Ellas McDaniel
Jimi: All Is by My Side2013writer: "Manish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel
We're the Millers2013writer: "I'm A Man" - as Elias McDaniel
Bates Motel2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete2013writer: "Play the Guitar" - as Ellas McDaniel
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2012-2013TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Mockingbird Lane2012TV Movie writer: "Mannish Boy"
The Who Live in Texas '752012Video writer: "Roadrunner" - uncredited
Not Fade Away2012performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Magic CityTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Men in Black 32012writer: "Love Is Strange", "Back in Time" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Help2011performer: "Road Runner", "Hey! Bo Diddley" / writer: "Road Runner", "Hey! Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years2011Video documentary writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Elias McDaniel
Beloved2011writer: "Who Do You Love?" - as Elias McDaniel
The Walking Dead2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eastbound & Down2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 12010TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Mafia II2010Video Game performer: "BO DIDDLEY", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" / writer: "BO DIDDLEY", "MANNISH BOY", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Good Guys2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright2009Video performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Funny People2009writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniel
Middle Men2009writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel
Cadillac Records2008writer: "I'm a Man", "Evolution of a Man" - as Ellas McDaniel
Schlaflos in Oldenburg2008TV Movie writer: "Love is strange"
RocknRolla2008as McDaniel, "I'm a Man"
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos2008Documentary writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel
Definitely, Maybe2008writer: "Mannish Boy" 1955 - as Ellas Mcdaniels
Ganes2007writer: "ROAD RUNNER"
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007Documentary writer: "Mannish Boy Live", "Road Runner"
Mr. Woodcock2007writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
Juno2007writer: "Dearest" - as Ellas McDaniel
Entourage2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
What Love Is2007writer: "Manning Boy"
Wild Hogs2007writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
Introducing the Dwights2007performer: "I'm A Man" / writer: "I'm A Man" - as Elias McDaniel
Ghost Rider2007writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
How I Met Your Mother2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywoodland2006performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel
Grilled2006writer: "I'm A Woman" - as Ellas McDaniel
Monamour2006performer: "Mona" - as Bo Dieddley
AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture2005performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive"
The Dukes of Hazzard2005performer: "Better Watch Yourself" / writer: "Better Watch Yourself" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico2005writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel
Inside Deep Throat2005Documentary writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniels
Saving Face2004writer: "LOVE IS STRANGE" - as Ellas McDaniels
The Life2004TV Movie writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel
Foolproof2003writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel
The BluesTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
The Night We Called It a Day2003writer: "Mannish Boy"
Daddy Day Care2003writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel
Chooch2003lyrics: "AZTEC", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel / music: "AZTEC", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel / performer: "AZTEC"
According to Jim2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days2003as Ellas McDaniel, "Who Do You Love"
I Spy2002writer: "You Don't Love Me No, No, No" - as Ellas McDaniel
VH1 Legends2002TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Omnibus2001TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Joe Dirt2001writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel
Gone in Sixty Seconds2000writer: "Ride on Josephine" - as Ellas McDaniel
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: High Grass Dogs, Live from the Fillmore1999Documentary "Mona"
Boys Don't Cry1999writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
The SopranosTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Muddy Waters at Chicagofest1998TV Movie documentary writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel, uncredited
Jerry and Tom1998writer: "Mannish Boy"
Space Bunnies Must Die!1998Video Game performer: "Who Do You Love?" / writer: "Who Do You Love?"
Fire Down Below1997writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Locusts1997writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellis McDaniels
TohuwabohuTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1995 - 1997 performer - 1 episode, 1996
Ghosts of Mississippi1996writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly1996writer: "I'M A MAN" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Long Kiss Goodnight1996writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel
Heaven's Prisoners1996writer: "Beaux's Bounce" - as Ellis McDaniel
Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge1995TV Movie documentary writer: "Who Do You Love"
The Cowboy Way1994writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
Cops and Robbersons1994performer: "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover"
Backbeat1994writer: "Road Runner" - as Ellas McDaniel
Heartbeat1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Cutting Edge1992writer: "Diddley Daddy" - as Ellas McDaniel
Unplugged1992TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Doogie Howser, M.D.1990-1991TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Shakes the Clown1991writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel
Flight of the Intruder1991as Ellas McDaniel, "Bo Diddley" / performer: "Bo Diddley"
Mermaids1990writer: "Love Is Strange" - as E. McDaniel
24th Annual Country Music Association Awards1990TV Special writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniel
Goodfellas1990writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel
Designing Women1989TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lisa1989performer: "I'm a Man" / writer: "I'm a Man" - as Elias McDaniel
Who Shot Patakango?1989performer: "Bo Diddley", "I'm a Man" / writer: "Bo Diddley", "I'm a Man"
Shag1989/Iwriter: "Diddly Daddy" - as McDaniel
She's Out of Control1989performer: "Mona" / writer: "Mona" - as E. McDaniel
Earth Girls Are Easy1988writer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
UtopiaLand2011voice
Backstage with Bo Diddley2003Short
So Weird2000TV SeriesFrank
Blues Brothers 20001998The Louisiana Gator Boys
Rockula1990Axman
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!1989Legendary Guitarist
Trading Places1983Pawnbroker
Crush Proof1972

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Legend of Bo Diddley1966Documentary short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Diary of a Sinner1974music supervisor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electrified: The Story of the Maxwell Street Urban Blues2008Documentary shortHimself
Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street2006DocumentaryHimself
3-D Rocks2005DocumentaryHimself
Rock at Fifty2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2003TV SeriesHimself
According to Jim2003TV SeriesHimself
Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me2001DocumentaryHimself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: High Grass Dogs, Live from the Fillmore1999DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Presents: A Tribute to Muddy Waters: King of the Blues1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Record Row: Cradle of Rhythm and Blues1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1996TV MovieHimself
Later... With Jools Holland1996TV SeriesHimself
Salute to the '50s: The Reunion of the Decade1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Live at the Joint1995TV SpecialHimself
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?1992TV SeriesHimself
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special1992TV MovieHimself
Leyendas de la guitarra1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cue the Music1991TV SeriesHimself (1994)
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake1991TV MovieHimself
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Bo Diddley - Willie Dixon: RockWalk Induction1989Video documentary shortHimself
Bo Diddley: I Don't Sound Like Nobody1987TV Movie documentaryGuitar, Vocal
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll1987DocumentaryHimself
Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley's Rock 'n' Roll All Star Jam1985Video documentaryHimself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration1985TV SpecialHimself
Good Time Rock 'n' Roll1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hells Angels Forever1983DocumentaryHimself
This Is America Part 21980DocumentaryHimself
Sha Na Na1978TV SeriesHimself
Good Old Days1977TV MovieHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary1977TV SpecialHimself
Donny and Marie1976TV SeriesHimself
The Wolfman Jack Show1976TV SeriesHimself
In Concert1972-1974TV SeriesHimself
The London Rock and Roll Show1973DocumentaryHimself
Shake, Rock and Roll1973TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1973TV SeriesHimself
Let the Good Times Roll1973DocumentaryHimself
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto1971Video documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Music Scene1970TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Keep on 'Rockin1969Short documentaryHimself
The Legend of Bo Diddley1966Documentary short
The Big T.N.T. Show1966DocumentaryHimself
Discs a Go-Go1965TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1963-1965TV SeriesHimself
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Guitarist
The Ed Sullivan Show1955TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Johnnie Be GoodannouncedHimself
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV MovieHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind2014TV MovieHimself
Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience2014ShortHimself
30 for 302012TV Series documentaryHimself
Not Fade Away2012Himself (uncredited)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright2009VideoHimself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHimself
Blues Odyssey2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Arena1984TV Series documentaryHimself

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#Quote
1I'm 76 years old, feel good and I'm still doin' my thing. Now, I feel like I can give God some of that talent. Just do what I know how to do, and shock the world. [from Mojo magazine, August 2005]
2I opened the door for a lot of people, who just ran through and left me holding the knob.
3This group The Sex Pistols pukes onstage? I don't necessarily like that. That's not showmanship... They gotta get themselves an act.
4I always have been a pack rat. People throw out shit, and it might be something you can fix, just fool with it. I know people that are millionaires from hangin' with junk.
5Bo Diddley put the rock in rock & roll", "Bo Knows

#Trademark
1Rectangular, hollow-bodied Gretsch electric guitar
2His stetson hat and custom-built electric guitars

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