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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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Known For

Blues Brothers 2000 The Louisiana Gator Boys
Trading Places Pawnbroker
Men in Black 3 Soundtrack


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (8 credits)
 2011 UtopiaLand (voice)
 2003 According to Jim (TV Series)
Bo Diddley
- Bo Diddley (2003) ... Bo Diddley
 2000 So Weird (TV Series)
Frank - Special Guest Star
- Blues (2000) ... Frank - Special Guest Star
 1998 Blues Brothers 2000
The Louisiana Gator Boys
 1990 Rockula
 1989 Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!
Legendary Guitarist
 1983 Trading Places
 1972 Crush Proof
Bo Diddley
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Show Show Soundtrack (197 credits)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1990s) TV commercials: Nike sneakers. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Ellas McDaniel | Ethel Smith


5' 7" (1.7 m)


Sylvia Paiz  (divorced) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Bo Diddley put the rock in rock & roll", "Bo Knows See more »


He was voted the 20th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Entertainment Weekly. See more »


His use of African rhythms and a signature beat, a simple five-accent hambone rhythm See more »


Ellas B. McDaniel See more »

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