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Rock/Blues Pioneer Bo Diddley Passes Away at 79.

One of the fathers of rock ‘n’ roll died Monday at the age of 79. was born Ellas Bates in Mississippi and grew up in Chicago, where he played guitar on street corners before being discovered by Chess Records. He leaves behind a sound that helped build a musical movement.

Diddley’s signature rhythm, among the most distinctive beats in rock ‘n’ roll, can be heard on songs like “Who Do You Love?” and “Bo Diddley.” Scholars trace the pattern to church tambourines, West African drumming, and a hand-patting rhythm called Hambone that goes back to slavery. But Diddley told the public radio show American Routes that he found it someplace else.

You might also remember him from the Nike commercials of the late 80′s/early 90′s along with Bo Jackson….”Bo don’t know Diddley”.

Rest in peace Bo.

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