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RIP Bo Diddley: Rock N Roll’s Founding Father Dead At 79

Rock n Roll’s founding father Bo Diddley passed away in the early hours of this morning (June 2nd, 2008) at his home in Archer, Florida. He was 79. Born Ellas Bates in McComb, Mississippi in 1928 Diddley would shape rock and roll music forever.

Bo Diddley’s mainstream music career began in the 1950s with his break through record, “Bo Diddley,” which introduced the world to his “shave and a haircut, two bits” rhythm. Despite his string of hits, Diddley claimed to never have cashed in on his popularity and trademark sound. he continued to tour up until his stroke in May of 2007, which left his speech impaired. he suffered a heart attack three months later.

Diddley is survived by his brother The Reverend Kenneth Haynes of Biloxi, MS, his children, Evelyn Kelly, Ellas A. McDaniel, Tammi D. McDaniel and Terri Lynn Foster, as well as 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A public funeral service will be held Saturday, June 7th at the Showers of Blessing Harvest Center in Gainesville, FL at 2:00PM. A memorial service featuring members of his touring band and guest musicians will follow at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Purpose Center, also in Gainesville, FL at 6PM.

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