I walk forty-seven miles of barbed wire

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

December 30

Bo Diddley 11928: Ellas Otha Bates — who will blaze the trails of blues and rock in the 1950s and 60s as Bo Diddley — is born in McComb, Mississippi. His family moves to Chicago in 1934, and it is there that young Ellas purifies and hones his sound. He is a student of the violin but once he hears John Lee Hooker, his future course is set. Origins of his stage name are not clear — he claims it is given to him by his peers and he suspects it is an insult. Another story is that Bo Diddley is the moniker he uses as a Golden Gloves boxer. Does it matter, the name’s origin? Ask yourself: Who do YOU love?


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