Bo Diddley is recognized as one of the first and most
influential rock guitarist and musicians. He was born in
Pike County, Mississippi, on December 20, 1928. His
birth name was Otha Ellas Bates. In 1934 his mother sent
him to live with his cousin, Guisse McDaniel in Chicago.
Later Otha changed his name to Ellas McDaniel Diddley.
At the age of ten he became very interested in music. He
began studying the violin and guitar at Foster High School
. Bo was very active as a teenager and even took boxing
lessons. He played violin for the Ebenezer Baptist
Church Orchestra. Diddley played songs on street
corners with his friend Jerome Green, and Diddley
worked construction for extra money.
By October, 1954, Bo had a group