On May 18th, 2007, Bo suffered a stroke which affected the left side of his brain. Early reports showed this was impairing his speech. Bo was being cared for by the Creighton University Medical Centre in Omaha, Nebraska.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named him as one of 'The 50 Greatest Artists of All-Time'.
In 2000, He was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
Bo has brown eyes and is right handed. He is a diabetic sufferer.
In 1986, he was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association's Hall of Fame.
In 1996, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Bo was the first African-American to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, but was banned from performing on show again after not playing the song he was asked to sing.
He was initially inspired to become a musician by seeing John Lee Hooker perform.
Bo took guitar and violin lessons.
In his youth, he was given a guitar by his sister.
Bo: I'm a rhythm fanatic, I create rhythms that'd drive you nuts.
Bo: I thank you in advance for the great round of applause I'm about to get.
Bo: I opened the door for a lot of people, and they just ran through and left me holding the knob.