Mis­sis­sippi ded­i­cates Bo Did­dley Memo­rial High­way

Starkville Daily News - - FORUM -

MCCOMB — Mis­sis­sippi is ded­i­cat­ing a high­way to a blues and rock le­gend who sang about be­ing a “road run­ning man.”

A state law this year named a seven-mile (11-kilo­me­ter) stretch of In­ter­state 55 the Bo Did­dley Memo­rial High­way. It’s in his na­tive Pike County, near the Louisiana line.

A ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony was held Thurs­day in McComb.

Born El­las Bates in De­cem­ber 1928, he was adopted by his mother’s cousin and be­came El­las Mc­Daniel. He said gram­mar school class­mates in Chicago nick­named him Bo Did­dley.

His dis­tinc­tive rhythms and elec­tric gui­tar dis­tor­tion in­flu­enced a host of rock artists. Did­dley was a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in­ductee known for songs in­clud­ing “I’m a Man,” ‘’Hey! Bo Did­dley” and “Road Run­ner.” He was 79 when he died in Florida in 2008.

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