Acclaimed as a founder of rock 'n' roll, Bo Diddley (Ellas Bates McDaniel) was born near Magnolia, south of McComb, on December 30, 1928. Diddley wrote and recorded such hits as “I’m a Man,” “Bo Diddley,” “Say Man,” and “Road Runner.” A member of the Blues, Rock and Roll, and Rockabilly Halls of Fame, Diddley received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and the Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Rolling Stone magazine's “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list in 2004 included Bo Diddley at No. 20.
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