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Master bluesman Bo Diddley dead at 79.


BO DIDDLEY, hailed as a founding father of rock, has died of heart failure after months of ill-health, Emily Smith reports for The U.K. Sun June 2nd.

The 79-year-old legend, who suffered his second stroke in a year last month, was famed for his homemade square guitar.

The Bo Diddley sound of early rock ’n’ roll influenced many stars.

His first hit, the 1955 song called Bo Diddley, featured a rhythm that became his trademark.

Diddley — real name Ellas McDaniel — toured until well into his 70s.

Rolling Stone MICK JAGGER said last night: “He was a wonderful, original musician, an enormous force in music. We learned a lot from him.”

But Bo sold his songs for a flat fee and claimed he was never paid what he deserved.

Artists who recorded his songs included ERIC CLAPTON and U2. He won a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 1999 and was in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Four-times married Bo, a dad of four, died at home in Archer, Florida.


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