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Written by Diddley, its lyrics are based on the traditional lullaby titled " Hush Little Baby ", and it prominently features the Bo Diddley beat that the singer made famous. It was Diddley's first recording and his first hit single. In the A and B-side pair were added to the Library of Congress 's National Recording Registry list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" American sound recordings. The song is rhythmically similar to hambone ,  a technique of dancing and slapping various parts of the body to create a rhythm and song. It is lyrically similar to the traditional lullaby " Hush Little Baby ".
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He was The cause was heart failure, a spokeswoman, Susan Clary, said. Diddley had a heart attack last August, only months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa.
He was raised mostly in Chicago by his adoptive family, from whom he took the surname McDaniel, and he recorded for the legendary blues record company Chess as Bo Diddley a name most likely derived from the diddley bow, a one-stringed African guitar popular in the Mississippi Delta region. He made it, with its obvious African roots, one of the irresistible dance sounds in rock and roll. The lyrics to his songs were rife with African-American street talk, bluesy imagery, and raunchy humour e. His stage shows—featuring his half sister the Duchess on vocals and rhythm guitar and Jerome Green on bass and maracas—made an art out of bad taste. Commonly dressed in a huge black Stetson and loud shirts, Diddley no doubt influenced the dress of British Invasion groups such as the Rolling Stones. The odd-shaped guitars that he played reinforced his arresting look. In the s he recorded everything from surf music to straight-ahead blues with equal aplomb. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Print Cite.