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 1950s
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He was known as "the Originator" for being one of the first artists to start playing Rock & Roll. The Beatles
cited him as a favorite, and Jimi Hendrix
and Eric Clapton
were directly inspired by him. His most famous contribution was the "Bo Diddley Beat
" 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 Bo Diddley Beat
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. His son was arrested while protesting there.