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Diddley, Bo (30 December 1928-2 June 2008), guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer  

Margena A. Christian

Diddley, Bo (30 December 1928-2 June 2008), guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer, was born in McComb, Mississippi. He believed Eugene Bates to be his biological father. His mother, Ethel Wilson, gave birth to him at sixteen years old. He used the surname Bates until his mother’s first cousin, Gussie McDaniel, adopted him at age five and raised him. When her husband died, she moved the family in ...

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Vandross, Luther (20 Apr. 1951–1 July 2005), singer, songwriter, and producer  

Margena A. Christian

Vandross, Luther (20 Apr. 1951–1 July 2005), singer, songwriter, and producer, was born Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr., in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. He was one of four children born to childhood sweethearts Luther Vandross, Sr., who served in the Army and became a carpenter, and Mary Ida Shields, a nurse and ordained interdenominational minister....