Legendary rock'n'roll singer and guitarist Bo Diddley is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The 78-year-old, who is often cited as one of the key musicians behind the emergence of rock'n'roll, is understood to be in a stable condition at North Florida regional medical centre.

His publicist said that he fell ill while attending a routine appointment with his doctor.

Diddley was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery, but is now believed to be recovering.

Publicist Susan Clary said the situation was "encouraging" and that Diddley had been moved from intensive care this morning.

Diddley suffered a stroke in May this year and suffers from problems with his speech as a result.

Born Ellas Otha Bates in Mississippi in 1928, Diddley has gone on to be hailed as one of the most important singer-songwriters of his generation.

He has been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was also awarded a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 1998, while Rolling Stone magazine put him at number 20 in its 2004 list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

Diddley is arguably most famous for his eponymous song, Bo Diddley, while hits like Who Do You Love?, Mona and Before You Accuse Me are credited with being some of the earliest examples of rock'n'roll.

29/08/2007 13:46:52