Bo Diddley: Dies in Florida
Guitarist and songwriter Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll, died of heart failure on Monday at the age of 79.
Bo Diddley died at his home in Archer, Florida. His management agency, Talent Consultants International, said in a statement, "One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll has left the building he helped construct".
In May 2007, Diddley suffered a stroke during a concert in Iowa and was hospitalized in Omaha, Nebraska. In August 2007, he had a heart attack in Florida.
Garry Mitchell, a grandson of Bo Diddley said that the musician died at about 1:45 a.m. and his death was not unexpected.
Though Diddley scored only a few hits in more than 40 years of recording, his impact on the development of rock 'n' roll places him in a pantheon with Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
The maracas-fueled sound he introduced in 1955 on the song "Bo Diddley" evolved into what Rolling Stone magazine called "the most plagiarized rhythm of the 20th century".
Known as "The Originator" of rock and roll, his dark glasses and signature box-shaped guitars became icons in the music industry.
In a career spanning more than five decades, Bo Diddley composed a substantial body of rock classics, including "Who Do You Love", "Bo Diddley", "Bo Diddley's a Gunslinger", "Before You Accuse Me", "Mona", "I'm a Man" and "Pretty Thing".
Mick Jagger, a rock legend said in a statement, "He was a wonderful, original musician who was an enormous force in music and was a big influence on The Rolling Stones. He was very generous to us in our early years and we learned a lot from him".
Bo Diddley's Homemade Guitar