[[caption-width-right:339:Bo Diddley with his iconic homemade guitar.]]
Ellas Otha Bates, (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), African-American Blues and Rock singer, mainly prominent in the [[TheFifties 1950s]].
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He was known as "the Originator" for being one of the first artists to start playing Rock & Roll. Music/TheBeatles cited him as a favorite, and Music/JimiHendrix and Music/EricClapton were directly inspired by him. His most famous contribution was the "BoDiddleyBeat" that rock bands the world over still use.
He famously made his own, distinctively rectangular, electric guitars. They have a distinctive, almost ukelele-like tone color, easily recognizable and closely associated with BoDiddleyBeat-type music.
He also served for some time as a deputy Sheriff.
He lived his last years in Gainesville, Florida where there is a park/community plaza named after him. [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/14/occupy-gainsville-bo-diddley-son-arrested His son was arrested while protesting there.]]