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Bo Diddley (1928–2008)

Ever heard "I Want Candy" or "Not Fade Away" or "Willie & The Hand Jive", Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame" or U2's "Desire" or George Michael's "Faith"? If you have, then you've heard the "Bo Diddley beat", the most famous beat in the world! One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, Bo Diddley's innovative pounding and hypnotic, ... See full bio »


(age 79) in Archer, Florida, USA

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 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street (performer: "Road Runner", "Pretty Thing", "I Need You Baby (Mona)") / (writer: "Road Runner", "I Need You Baby (Mona)" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2013 We're the Millers (writer: "I'm A Man" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2013 Bates Motel (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Boy and His Dog (2013) ... (writer: "Who Do You Love?")
 2012 Not Fade Away (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley")
 2012 Men in Black 3 (writer: "Back In Time") / (writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2012 Magic City (TV Series) (performer: "I'm a Man")
 2011 The Help (performer: "Road Runner", "Hey! Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Road Runner", "Hey! Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2011 Beloved (writer: "Who Do You Love?" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2011 The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years (Video documentary) (writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2010 The Walking Dead (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Guts (2010) ... (writer: "I'm A Man")
 2010 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- 80's Good, Bad & Ugly (2010) ... (writer: "Mona" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2010 The Good Guys (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Small Rooms (2010) ... (writer: "Who Do You Love?" - uncredited)
 2010 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Evangeline Lilly/Sam Rockwell/Million Dollar Quartet/Aaron Kelly (2010) ... (writer: "Who Do You Love?" - uncredited)
 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright (Video) (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley")
 2009 Funny People (writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2009 Middle Men (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2008 Cadillac Records (writer: "I'm a Man", "Evolution of a Man" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2008 Schlaflos in Oldenburg (TV Movie) (writer: "Love is strange")
 2008 RocknRolla (as McDaniel, "I'm A Man")
 2008 Definitely, Maybe (writer: "Mannish Boy" (1955) - as Ellas Mcdaniels)
 2007 Ganes (writer: "ROAD RUNNER")
 2007 Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (Documentary) (writer: "Mannish Boy (Live)", "Road Runner")
 2007 Mr. Woodcock (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2007 Juno (writer: "Dearest" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2007 Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Day Fuckers (2007) ... (performer: "Ride on Josephine" - uncredited)
 2007 Wild Hogs (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2007 Introducing the Dwights (performer: "I'm A Man") / (writer: "I'm A Man" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2007 Ghost Rider (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2006 Hollywoodland (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2005 The Dukes of Hazzard (performer: "Better Watch Yourself") / (writer: "Better Watch Yourself" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2005 The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2005 Inside Deep Throat (Documentary) (writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniels)
 2004 The Life (TV Movie) (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2003 Foolproof (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2003 The Night We Called It a Day (writer: "Mannish Boy")
 2003 Daddy Day Care (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2003 Chooch (lyrics: "AZTEC", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel) / (music: "AZTEC", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel) / (performer: "AZTEC")
 2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (as Ellas McDaniel, "Who Do You Love")
 2002 I Spy (writer: "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2002 VH1 Legends (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett (2002) ... (writer: "Who Do You Love?")
 2001 Omnibus (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond (2001) ... (writer: "Who Do You Love?")
 2001 Joe Dirt (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2000 Gone in Sixty Seconds (writer: "Ride on Josephine" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1999 Boys Don't Cry (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1998 Space Bunnies Must Die! (Video Game) (performer: "Who Do You Love?") / (writer: "Who Do You Love?")
 1997 Fire Down Below (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1997 The Locusts (writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellis McDaniels)
  Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1995 - 1997) (performer - 1 episode, 1996)
- Tohu-Nacht Revue 1990-1997 (1997) ... (writer: "Mannish Boy" - uncredited)
- 36/Pair/Rouge (1996) ... (performer: "Road Runner" - uncredited) / (writer: "Road Runner" - uncredited)
- Montreux-Mix II (1995) ... (writer: "Mannish Boy" - uncredited)
 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel)
 1996 The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (writer: "I'M A MAN" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel)
 1995 Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Who Do You Love")
 1994 The Cowboy Way (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1994 Cops and Robbersons (performer: "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover")
 1994 Backbeat (writer: "Road Runner" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1993 Heartbeat (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bitter Harvest (1993) ... (writer: "Road Runner" - uncredited)
 1992 The Cutting Edge (writer: "Diddley Daddy" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1992 Unplugged (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Eric Clapton (1992) ... (writer: "Before You Accuse Me")
 1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Summer of '91 (1991) ... (writer: "Mannish Boy" - uncredited)
 1991 Shakes the Clown (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1991 Flight of the Intruder (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley")
 1990 Goodfellas (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1990 Lisa (performer: "I'm a Man") / (writer: "I'm a Man" - as Elias McDaniel)
 1989 Designing Women (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Rowdy Girls (1989) ... (writer: "Love is Strange")
 1989 Who Shot Patakango? (performer: "Bo Diddley", "I'm a Man") / (writer: "Bo Diddley", "I'm a Man")
 1989 Shag (writer: "Diddly Daddy" - as McDaniel)
 1989 She's Out of Control (performer: "Mona") / (writer: "Mona" - as E. McDaniel)
 1988 Earth Girls Are Easy (writer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1988 Stealing Home (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley")
 1988 Short Circuit 2 (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley")
 1988 Two Moon Junction (writer: "Who Do You Love?" - as E. McDaniel)
 1988 Tapeheads (performer: "Surfer's Love Chant") / (writer: "Surfer's Love Chant")
 1988 A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (performer: "I'M A MAN") / (writer: "I'M A MAN")
 1987 The Big Town (performer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE")
 1987 La Bamba (lyrics: "Who Do You Love" - as E. McDaniel) / (music: "Who Do You Love" - as E. McDaniel) / (performer: "Who Do You Love")
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Viking Bikers from Hell (1987) ... (writer: "Who Do You Love?" - uncredited)
 1986 Meatballs III: Summer Job (performer: "Make Up Your Mind Tonight") / (writer: "Who Do You Love")
 1986 The Color of Money (performer: "She's Fine - She's Mine") / (writer: "She's Fine - She's Mine")
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel)
 1985 Better Off Dead... (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel)
 1985 The Sex O'Clock News (performer: "Do Your Thing") / (writer: "Do Your Thing")
 1985 Live Aid (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Who Do You Love")
 1985 Breaking All the Rules (as Ellas McDaniel, "Mannish Boy")
  Arena (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1984) (writer - 1 episode, 1984)
- The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience (1984) ... (performer: "We're Gonna Get Married" - uncredited) / (writer: "Love Is Strange", "We're Gonna Get Married" - uncredited)
 1983 Hells Angels Forever (Documentary) (performer: "Do Your Thing", "Nasty Man") / (writer: "Do Your Thing")
 1983 Risky Business (writer: "Mannish Boy")
 1978 The Last Waltz (Documentary) (writer: "Who Do You Love", "Mannish Boy")
 1974 Iltatähti (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 27 December 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "Roadrunner")
 1973 Let the Good Times Roll (Documentary) (performer: "I'm a Man") / (writer: "I'm a Man")
 1972 Fritz the Cat (performer: "Bo Diddley" (1955)) / (writer: "Bo Diddley" (1955) - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1970 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 26 March 1970 (1970) ... (writer: "Who Do You Love?")
 1970 Music Scene (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.17 (1970) ... (performer: "Hey Bo Diddley")
 1966 Charlie Is My Darling (Documentary) (writer: "I'm alright")
 1966 New American Bandstand 1965 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #9.35 (1966) ... (writer: "Oh Yeah")
 1966 The Big T.N.T. Show (Documentary) (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley")
  Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes, 1965) (performer - 1 episode, 1965)
- Episode #2.26 (1965) ... (writer: "I'm a Man")
- Episode #2.13 (1965) ... (writer: "Road Runner")
- Episode #1.49 (1965) ... (performer: "Mama Don't Allow No Twistin'", "Give Me a Break", "You Can't Judge a Book by It's Cover", "Road Runner", "Hey, Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Ride On, Josephine", "Mama Don't Allow No Twistin'", "Give Me a Break", "Road Runner", "Hey, Bo Diddley")
- Episode #1.45 (1965) ... (writer: "Here 'Tis" - as Elias McDaniel) / (writer: "Ride On, Josephine" (excerpt) - uncredited)
- Episode #1.44 (1965) ... (writer: "She's Fine, She's Mine")
  Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1965)
- Episode #1.35 (1965) ... (performer: "Let the Kids Dance", "Bo Diddley", "Let Me Pass") / (writer: "Let the Kids Dance", "Bo Diddley", "Let Me Pass")
 1964 The T.A.M.I. Show (Documentary) (writer: "I'm All Right")
 1962 Don't Knock the Twist (writer: "Hey Bo Diddley")
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Other Works:

Single: "Bo Diddley" (Checker Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 21 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ellas McDaniel


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I opened the door for a lot of people, who just ran through and left me holding the knob. See more »


Following 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. See more »


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