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Bo Diddley : A Pioneer of Rock 'n Roll

Considered on of rock 'n roll's founders, Bo Diddley recently died from heart failure. He was one of the earliest musicians to bring traditionally African-American music to the mainstream, transforming it into the phenomenon that became known as rock 'n roll. Bo Diddley is often grouped with the elusive Chuck Berry and the flamboyant Little Richard as one of the early greats.

Diddley's career began in the early 50s when he began making a move form rhythm and blues to music with a harder edge. In 1956 he was one of the first artists to be banned from the Ed Sullivan show. Diddley was booked to sing the song "Sixteen Tons" on the show, but as soon as the camera was on him he substituted it with his namesake song "Bo Diddley."

Other songs by the iconic musician included The Story Of Bo Diddley, Diddley Daddy and Hey! Bo Diddley. He also did a few songs that didn't mention his name, such as Who Do You Love and I'm a Man.

During his last two years he suffered from numerous health problems, including a stroke, a heart attack and diabetes. He had also been through a recent divorce and had been involved in legal wrangling over his earnings for decades. He died with several generations of his family around him.

The Definitive Collection is a comprehensive album of Bo Diddley's best-loved songs. A few of them don't contain his name in the title.

The song Bo Diddley is available on MP3.

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