This morning Bo Diddley, passed away of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida. He was 79-years-old. Bo Diddley is in the Rock and Roll of Hall of Fame, has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and received a Lifetime Achievement award from The Grammys.
In 1955, Ellas Otha Bates (his government name) debuted his first single "Bo Diddley" and helped to introduce a brand new sound to the music world - the so-called 'jungle beat.'
Elvis Presley got a taste of it, Buddy Holly, The Who, The Animals, and The Rolling Stones were all inspired by his music.
In an Uncut
interview he talked about who belongs in that pioneering rock and roll category..
"The Rolling Stones is definitely rock 'n' roll. They're right up there with myself, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Little Richard, all these people. This is sumthin' we built, and a lot of the cats came along who didn't know what they were playin', they tried to sneak in and say 'we're rock 'n' rollers'. No way, José!" more..