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He just had several strikes in the 1950s and early ’60s, but while Bo Diddley sang, “You Can’t Judge a Publication by Its Cover.” You can’t judge an designer by his graph achievement, either, and Diddley created greater and much more important music than basically a small number of the very best early rockers. The Bo Diddley defeat — bomp, ba-bomp-bomp, bomp-bomp — is definitely one of rock and roll & roll’s bedrock rhythms, turning up in the task of Friend Holly, the Rolling Rocks, and also pop-garage knock-offs just like the Strangeloves’ 1965 strike “I’D LIKE Chocolate.” Diddley’s hypnotic rhythmic strike and declamatory, boasting vocals extended back so far as Africa because of their roots, and appeared as far in to the upcoming as rap. His brand otherworldly vibrating, fuzzy electric guitar style did very much to broaden the instrument’s power and range. But a lot more essential, Bo’s jump was fun and irresistibly rocking, using a wisecracking, jiving build that epitomized rock and roll & move at its most humorously outlandish and freewheeling. Before taking on blues and R&B, Diddley had examined traditional violin, but shifted gears after hearing John Lee Hooker. In the first ’50s, he started using his longtime partner, maraca participant Jerome Green, to obtain what Bo’s known as “that freight teach audio.” Billy Boy Arnold, an excellent blues harmonica participant and vocalist in his very own correct, was also using Diddley once the guitarist got a cope with Chess within the middle-’50s (after getting rejected by rival Chicago label Vee-Jay). His initial one, “Bo Diddley”/”I’m a guy” (1955), was a double-sided monster. The A-side was soaked with futuristic waves of tremolo electric guitar, established to an ageless nursery rhyme; the turn was a bump-and-grind, harmonica-driven shuffle, structured around a damaging blues riff. However the result had not been exactly blues, as well as directly R&B, but a fresh sort of guitar-based rock and roll & move, soaked within the blues and R&B, but owing allegiance to neither. Diddley was hardly ever a top vendor on the purchase of his Chess rival Chuck Berry, but on the following half-dozen roughly years, he created a catalog of classics that rival Berry’s in quality. “YOU DO NOT Appreciate Me,” “Diddley Daddy,” “Very Thing,” “Diddy Wah Diddy,” “Who Perform YOU LIKE?,” “Mona,” “Street Runner,” “You Can’t Judge a Publication by Its Cover” — each is stone-cold specifications of early, riff-driven rock and roll & move at its funkiest. Strangely enough, his just Best 20 pop strike was an atypical, absurd back-and-forth rap between him and Jerome Green, “State Guy,” that came into being almost unintentionally as the set had been fooling around within the studio. Like a live performer, Diddley was galvanizing, using his brand square guitars and distorted amplification to create new noises that expected the improvements of ’60s guitarists like Jimi Hendrix. IN THE UK, he was revered as a huge on the purchase of Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. The Rolling Rocks in particular lent a whole lot from Bo’s rhythms and attitude within their start, although they just officially covered several his music, “Mona” and “I’m Alright.” Additional British R&B organizations just like the Yardbirds, Pets, and Pretty Items also protected Diddley standards within their early days. Friend Holly protected “Bo Diddley” and utilized a revised Bo Diddley defeat on “Not really FADE”; once the Rocks gave the music the full-on Bo treatment (filled with shaking maracas), the effect was their first big English strike. The English Invasion helped raise the public’s knowing of Diddley’s importance, and since after that he’s been a favorite live act. Unfortunately, though, his profession being a documenting musician — in industrial and artistic conditions — was over by enough time the Beatles and Rocks strike America. He’d record with ongoing and declining regularity, but after 1963, he hardly ever wrote or documented original materials on par along with his early classics. Whether he’d spent his muse, or simply sensed he could coastline on his laurels, is normally hard to state. But he continues to be a vital area of the collective rock and roll & roll awareness, and sometimes reached wider presence with a 1979 tour using the Clash, a cameo function within the film Trading Areas, a past due-’80s tour with Ronnie Hardwood, along with a 1989 television industrial for sports shoes and boots with superstar athlete Bo Jackson.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bo Diddley
Died June 2, 2008, Archer, Florida, United States
Height 1.7 m
Profession Actor, Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Spouse Sylvia Paiz, Kay Reynolds, Ethel Smith, Louise Woolingham
Children Evelyn Kelly, Anthony McDaniel
Parents Ethel Wilson, Gussie McDaniel, Eugene Bates
Siblings Willis McDaniel, Lucille McDaniel, Freddie McDaniel
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs I'm a Man, Who Do You Love, Hey! Bo Diddley, Road Runner, Pretty Thing, You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover, Diddley Daddy, Before You Accuse Me, Crackin' Up, Diddy Wah Diddy, Bring It To Jerome, Mona, Dearest Darling, Hush Your Mouth, She's Fine, She's Mine, Say Man, Back Again, Sixteen Tons, I'm Looking For A Woman, Ooh Baby, Say! Boss Man, I Can Tell, Gunslinger, She's Alright, Mumblin' Guitar, Cops And Robbers, Oh Yea, Ride On Josephine, Bo Diddley 1969, My Babe, Everleen, Diddling, Dancing Girl
Albums Two Great Guitars, Have Guitar Will Travel, Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger, Go Bo Diddley, Super Blues, The Black Gladiator, Live at the Ritz, Bo Diddley's Beach Party, Bo Diddley, His Best, Bo Diddley in the Spotlight, The London Bo Diddley Sessions, The Singles Collection - 40 Original Recordings, Roadrunner The Chess Masters: 1959-1960, I'M BO DIDDLEY, Super Hit Party, Golden Greats - Bo Diddley, Train To Love, Shimmy Baby, Rock'n'Roll, Dancing Girl, Road Runner, Living Legend, Bo Diddley Is An Outlaw Vol. 1, Timeless Blues: Bo Diddley, Masters, Bo Diddley Live, Is A Lover (Original Artist Original Songs), I'm a Man (Live), You Don't Know Diddley (Live), Bo Diddley & Company, Bo Diddley's a Twister, Gun Slinger, Chuck And Bo, You Can't Judge A Book, Diddley Daddy - The Collection, Best of Bo Diddley, Those Happy Days At Home, Bo Didley Live, Harmonious, Down Home Special, Again & Again, Hush Your Mouth, Warble Away, Diva‘s Edition, Diddy Wah Diddey
Movies Trading Places, Blues Brothers 2000, Sweet Toronto, The London Rock and Roll Show, The Wretches Are Still Singing, Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley's Rock 'n' Roll All-Star Jam, Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street, Rock and Roll at 50, 30th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll All-Star Jam: Bo Diddley, Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey: A Journey to Music's Heart and Soul
TV Shows All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music


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#Fact
1 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.
2 Suffered a stroke and a heart attack in 2007.
3 He was voted the 20th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
4 Wrote the hit song "Love Is Strange", but published it under the name of his wife, Ethel Smith due to a dispute with Leonard Chess, owner of Chess-Checker-Argo Records. The song was a #5 R&B hit for Mickey & Sylvia in 1957.
5 1968: He moved from Washington, DC, to Granada Hills, California.
6 1934: He moved from McComb, Mississippi, to Chicago, Illinois.
7 1978: He moved from Los Lunas, New Mexico, to Hawthorne, Florida.
8 1971: He moved from Granada Hills, California, to Los Lunas, New Mexico.
9 1960: He moved from Chicago, Illinois, to Washington, DC.
10 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987.
11 As a child, he was taught to play the violin by the music director of his church. One of his fellow students grew up to become jazz violinist Leroy Jenkins.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stealing Home 1988 performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Short Circuit 2 1988 performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Two Moon Junction 1988 writer: "Who Do You Love?" - as E. McDaniel
Tapeheads 1988 performer: "Surfer's Love Chant" / writer: "Surfer's Love Chant"
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon 1988 performer: "I'M A MAN" / writer: "I'M A MAN"
The Big Town 1987 performer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE" / writer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellis McDaniel
La Bamba 1987 lyrics: "Who Do You Love" - as E. McDaniel / music: "Who Do You Love" - as E. McDaniel / performer: "Who Do You Love"
Miami Vice 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Willy/Milly 1986 writer: "Mannish Boy"
Meatballs III: Summer Job 1986 performer: "Make Up Your Mind Tonight" / writer: "Who Do You Love"
The Color of Money 1986 performer: "She's Fine - She's Mine" / writer: "She's Fine - She's Mine"
Crime Story TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel
Better Off Dead... 1985 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel
The Sex O'Clock News 1985 performer: "Do Your Thing" / writer: "Do Your Thing"
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary writer: "Who Do You Love"
Breaking All the Rules 1985 as Ellas McDaniel, "Mannish Boy"
Arena TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1984 writer - 1 episode, 1984
Hells Angels Forever 1983 Documentary performer: "Do Your Thing", "Nasty Man" / writer: "Do Your Thing"
Risky Business 1983 writer: "Mannish Boy"
WKRP in Cincinnati TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980
More American Graffiti 1979 writer: "I'm a Man"
The Last Waltz 1978 Documentary writer: "Who Do You Love", "Mannish Boy"
Iltatähti 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Let the Good Times Roll 1973 Documentary performer: "I'm a Man" / writer: "I'm a Man"
Fritz the Cat 1972 performer: "Bo Diddley" 1955 / writer: "Bo Diddley" 1955 - as Ellas McDaniel
Top of the Pops 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Music Scene TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1970 writer - 1 episode, 1970
Charlie Is My Darling 1966 Documentary writer: "I'm alright"
New American Bandstand 1965 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Big T.N.T. Show 1966 Documentary performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Shindig! TV Series writer - 6 episodes, 1965 performer - 1 episode, 1965
Hollywood a Go Go TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1965 performer - 1 episode, 1965
The T.A.M.I. Show 1964 Documentary writer: "I'm All Right"
Don't Knock the Twist 1962 writer: "Hey Bo Diddley"
Gimme Danger 2016 Documentary writer: "I'm A Man"
Girl on the Escalator 2016 Short performer: "Who Do You Love?"
The Aliens 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Vinyl 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Please Like Me 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC 2015 TV Movie performer: "Bo Diddley Is Crazy" / writer: "Bo Diddley Is Crazy"
Entourage 2015 writer: "I'm A Man" - as Ellas McDaniel
Frankenstein 2015 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel
Mad Dogs 2015 TV Series writer: "I'm a Man" - as Ellas McDaniel, uncredited
Sleepy Hollow 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
M Is for Matchmaker 2014 Short lyrics: "Love is Strange" / music: "Love is Strange"
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Mixology 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
True Detective 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 performer: "Road Runner", "Pretty Thing", "I Need You Baby Mona" / writer: "Road Runner", "I Need You Baby Mona" - as Ellas McDaniel
Jimi: All Is by My Side 2013 writer: "Manish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel
We're the Millers 2013 writer: "I'm A Man" - as Elias McDaniel
Bates Motel 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete 2013 writer: "Play the Guitar" - as Ellas McDaniel
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2012-2013 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Mockingbird Lane 2012 TV Movie writer: "Mannish Boy"
The Who Live in Texas '75 2012 Video writer: "Roadrunner" - uncredited
Not Fade Away 2012 performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Magic City TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Men in Black 3 2012 writer: "Love Is Strange", "Back in Time" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Help 2011 performer: "Road Runner", "Hey! Bo Diddley" / writer: "Road Runner", "Hey! Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years 2011 Video documentary writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Elias McDaniel
Beloved 2011 writer: "Who Do You Love?" - as Elias McDaniel
The Walking Dead 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eastbound & Down 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "BO DIDDLEY", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" / writer: "BO DIDDLEY", "MANNISH BOY", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Good Guys 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright 2009 Video performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley"
Funny People 2009 writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniel
Middle Men 2009 writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel
Cadillac Records 2008 writer: "I'm a Man", "Evolution of a Man" - as Ellas McDaniel
Schlaflos in Oldenburg 2008 TV Movie writer: "Love is strange"
RocknRolla 2008 as McDaniel, "I'm a Man"
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos 2008 Documentary writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel
Definitely, Maybe 2008 writer: "Mannish Boy" 1955 - as Ellas Mcdaniels
Ganes 2007 writer: "ROAD RUNNER"
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who 2007 Documentary writer: "Mannish Boy Live", "Road Runner"
Mr. Woodcock 2007 writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
Juno 2007 writer: "Dearest" - as Ellas McDaniel
Entourage 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
What Love Is 2007 writer: "Manning Boy"
Wild Hogs 2007 writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
Introducing the Dwights 2007 performer: "I'm A Man" / writer: "I'm A Man" - as Elias McDaniel
Ghost Rider 2007 writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
How I Met Your Mother 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywoodland 2006 performer: "Bo Diddley" / writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel
Grilled 2006 writer: "I'm A Woman" - as Ellas McDaniel
Monamour 2006 performer: "Mona" - as Bo Dieddley
AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture 2005 performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive"
The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 performer: "Better Watch Yourself" / writer: "Better Watch Yourself" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico 2005 writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniels
Saving Face 2004 writer: "LOVE IS STRANGE" - as Ellas McDaniels
The Life 2004 TV Movie writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel
Foolproof 2003 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel
The Blues TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
The Night We Called It a Day 2003 writer: "Mannish Boy"
Daddy Day Care 2003 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel
Chooch 2003 lyrics: "AZTEC", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel / music: "AZTEC", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel / performer: "AZTEC"
According to Jim 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 as Ellas McDaniel, "Who Do You Love"
I Spy 2002 writer: "You Don't Love Me No, No, No" - as Ellas McDaniel
VH1 Legends 2002 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Omnibus 2001 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Joe Dirt 2001 writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel
Gone in Sixty Seconds 2000 writer: "Ride on Josephine" - as Ellas McDaniel
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: High Grass Dogs, Live from the Fillmore 1999 Documentary "Mona"
Boys Don't Cry 1999 writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Sopranos TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Muddy Waters at Chicagofest 1998 TV Movie documentary writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel, uncredited
Jerry and Tom 1998 writer: "Mannish Boy"
Space Bunnies Must Die! 1998 Video Game performer: "Who Do You Love?" / writer: "Who Do You Love?"
Fire Down Below 1997 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Locusts 1997 writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellis McDaniels
Tohuwabohu TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1995 - 1997 performer - 1 episode, 1996
Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly 1996 writer: "I'M A MAN" - as Ellas McDaniel
The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel
Heaven's Prisoners 1996 writer: "Beaux's Bounce" - as Ellis McDaniel
Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge 1995 TV Movie documentary writer: "Who Do You Love"
The Cowboy Way 1994 writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel
Cops and Robbersons 1994 performer: "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover"
Backbeat 1994 writer: "Road Runner" - as Ellas McDaniel
Heartbeat 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Cutting Edge 1992 writer: "Diddley Daddy" - as Ellas McDaniel
Unplugged 1992 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1990-1991 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Shakes the Clown 1991 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel
Flight of the Intruder 1991 as Ellas McDaniel, "Bo Diddley" / performer: "Bo Diddley"
Mermaids 1990 writer: "Love Is Strange" - as E. McDaniel
24th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1990 TV Special writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniel
Goodfellas 1990 writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel
Designing Women 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lisa 1989 performer: "I'm a Man" / writer: "I'm a Man" - as Elias McDaniel
Who Shot Patakango? 1989 performer: "Bo Diddley", "I'm a Man" / writer: "Bo Diddley", "I'm a Man"
Shag 1989/I writer: "Diddly Daddy" - as McDaniel
She's Out of Control 1989 performer: "Mona" / writer: "Mona" - as E. McDaniel
Earth Girls Are Easy 1988 writer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
UtopiaLand 2011 voice
Backstage with Bo Diddley 2003 Short
So Weird 2000 TV Series Frank
Blues Brothers 2000 1998 The Louisiana Gator Boys
Rockula 1990 Axman
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! 1989 Legendary Guitarist
Trading Places 1983 Pawnbroker
Crush Proof 1972

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Legend of Bo Diddley 1966 Documentary short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Diary of a Sinner 1974 music supervisor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electrified: The Story of the Maxwell Street Urban Blues 2008 Documentary short Himself
Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street 2006 Documentary Himself
3-D Rocks 2005 Documentary Himself
Rock at Fifty 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2003 TV Series Himself
According to Jim 2003 TV Series Himself
Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me 2001 Documentary Himself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: High Grass Dogs, Live from the Fillmore 1999 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
The Kennedy Center Presents: A Tribute to Muddy Waters: King of the Blues 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000' 1998 Video documentary short Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Record Row: Cradle of Rhythm and Blues 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 TV Movie Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 1996 TV Series Himself
Salute to the '50s: The Reunion of the Decade 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1996 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996 TV Series Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Live at the Joint 1995 TV Special Himself
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1992 TV Series Himself
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special 1992 TV Movie Himself
Leyendas de la guitarra 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cue the Music 1991 TV Series Himself (1994)
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1991 TV Movie Himself
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Bo Diddley - Willie Dixon: RockWalk Induction 1989 Video documentary short Himself
Bo Diddley: I Don't Sound Like Nobody 1987 TV Movie documentary Guitar, Vocal
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 1987 Documentary Himself
Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley's Rock 'n' Roll All Star Jam 1985 Video documentary Himself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 TV Special Himself
Good Time Rock 'n' Roll 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hells Angels Forever 1983 Documentary Himself
This Is America Part 2 1980 Documentary Himself
Sha Na Na 1978 TV Series Himself
Good Old Days 1977 TV Movie Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary 1977 TV Special Himself
Donny and Marie 1976 TV Series Himself
The Wolfman Jack Show 1976 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1972-1974 TV Series Himself
The London Rock and Roll Show 1973 Documentary Himself
Shake, Rock and Roll 1973 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1973 TV Series Himself
Let the Good Times Roll 1973 Documentary Himself
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto 1971 Video documentary Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Music Scene 1970 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Keep on 'Rockin 1969 Short documentary Himself
The Legend of Bo Diddley 1966 Documentary short
The Big T.N.T. Show 1966 Documentary Himself
Discs a Go-Go 1965 TV Series Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1963-1965 TV Series Himself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer / Guitarist
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Johnnie Be Good announced Himself
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC 2015 TV Movie Himself
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself
My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind 2014 TV Movie Himself
Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience 2014 Short Himself
30 for 30 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Not Fade Away 2012 Himself (uncredited)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright 2009 Video Himself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Himself
Blues Odyssey 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Arena 1984 TV Series documentary Himself

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#Quote
1 I'm 76 years old, feel good and I'm still doin' my thing. Now, I feel like I can give God some of that talent. Just do what I know how to do, and shock the world. [from Mojo magazine, August 2005]
2 I opened the door for a lot of people, who just ran through and left me holding the knob.
3 This group The Sex Pistols pukes onstage? I don't necessarily like that. That's not showmanship... They gotta get themselves an act.
4 I always have been a pack rat. People throw out shit, and it might be something you can fix, just fool with it. I know people that are millionaires from hangin' with junk.
5 Bo Diddley put the rock in rock & roll", "Bo Knows

#Trademark
1 Rectangular, hollow-bodied Gretsch electric guitar
2 His stetson hat and custom-built electric guitars

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