An influential singer & guitarist who recorded his best known material for the Checker and Chess labels. In 1955, Diddley scored his first hit with the double sided single "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" and a string of R&B hits followed through the 50's & early 60's, most notably "Diddley Daddy", "Say Man", "Roadrunner" and "Mona".
His trademark rhythm, the "Bo Diddley Beat", was an acknowledged influence on Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison, The Yardbirds and George Thorogood, among others.
Diddley was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987 (Performer).
From 1960 to 1980 he was married to Kay McDaniel (born Kay Reynolds)
- 100 Vocals
- 143 Instruments & Performance
- 263 Writing & Arrangement
- 5 Featuring & Presenting
- 1 Conducting & Leading
- 10 Production
- 2 Visual
- 6 Acting, Literary & Spoken