THREATENED: Uncertain Future for Bo Diddley’s Childhood Home After Fire

“A fire swept through a three-story apartment building that once was home to singer and guitarist Bo Diddley.

“Firefighters were called to the scene at 4746 S. Langley Ave. around 7 p.m. Monday. They rescued six residents, none of whom sustained injuries.

“The building was severely damaged, and the city’s department of buildings has been contacted, Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Merritt said. The cause of the fire isn’t clear.

“The classic greystone was where Diddley, born Elias Bates McDaniel, moved with his family from McComb, Mississippi in 1936 when he was seven. Writer and former Sun-Times columnist Dave Hoekstra wrote in 2004 Diddley then learned to play classical violin and guitar at Ebenezer Baptist Church, then made his own box-shaped guitars while a student at Foster Vocational School. (Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago, 9/21/21)

Preservation Chicago has long advocated for the creation of a Chicago Jazz, Blues and Gospel Thematic Chicago Landmark District to recognize, celebrate and protect the places and spaces in Chicago where legends like Bo Diddley lived, performed, and made history!

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Bo Diddley’s Childhood Home In Bronzeville Badly Damaged In Fire; The fire broke out at an apartment on Langley Ave., Jamie Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago, 9/21/21

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