by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Bo Diddley

Elias McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, was a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and music publisher. His career lasted from 1943 until 2007. He died in Archer, Florida, in 2008.

He was a music legend who played a major role in the transition from blues to rock and roll. He originated the Bo Diddley Beat, a simple five accent rhythm that has been used in thousands of rock, hip hop, and pop music songs.

Bo is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.

In the 1970s, Bo moved his family to Hawthorne, Florida, a village of 1400 people near Gainesville. The family lived there on a large estate with a custom-built log cabin that Bo helped design and build.

Now I want to tell you about some disadvantages in knowing a fair amount about Florida, including this Bo Diddley story.

This is especially true when talking to people who are not Florida natives. They may not have any idea what you are talking about.

An example happened recently here in my hometown of Mount Dora.

I was with a group of friends and one man I had not met

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