More than two months after his death, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Bo Diddley has been awarded a college degree from the University of Florida.
Diddley’s daughter, Evelyn Kelly accepted the honor on his behalf at Saturday’s commencement in Gainesville.
Diddley, who was a longtime Alachua County resident, was nominated last fall for the honor, but a lengthy approval process pushed a vote on the recognition past his death.
The blues singer and performer’s signature shuffle rhythm and edgy guitar were major influences on the music that would later be dubbed rock ‘n’ roll.
The Mississippi native was raised in Chicago and best known for his songs “Bo Diddley” and “Who Do You Love”.
Enjoy, Guitar Players Center, simply put is thrilled for the Diddley family. Bo Diddley may not have been formally educated at a major college, but he certainly made a mark in the music world that deserves this type of recognition. Please see the video and feel free to comment.