Bo Diddley to be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame

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By The Staff

Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning has announced the selection of the late recording artist Bo Diddley for induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Diddley was recommended for the Hall of Fame honor by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and will be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame during Florida Heritage Month, March 2010.

 “Bo Diddley was a founding legend of popular music as we know it,” Browning said. “He also deserves recognition for his commitment to at-risk youth, often through support of charity events and music education programs.”

Bo Diddley, born Ellas Otha Bates MacDaniel, of Archer, died in 2008 at the age of 80.  An internationally renowned musician, songwriter, performer and music industry pioneer, he represents the foundation of rock and roll in its cultural transition from blues roots.

Known for originating the distinctive rhythmic backbeat of early Pop Music in the 1950s, Bo Diddley influenced major recording artists of his day and performers in recent decades, who embraced his intentionally distorted electric guitar sound.

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