Billy Boy Arnold
"...everybody at one time has had the blues, whether you're black, white, or whatever."
Billy Boy Arnold (born William Arnold, 16 September 1935, Chicago, Illinois)
is a leading American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. Born in
Chicago, he began playing harmonica as a child, and in 1948 received informal
lessons from his near neighbour
John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson,
shortly before his death. Arnold made his recording debut in 1952 with
Hello Stranger on the small Cool label, the record company giving him
the nickname "Billy Boy". In the early 1950s he joined forces with
He played harmonica on (and claimed to help write) his first hit single Bo
Diddley on Chess Records in 1955, as well as Bo Diddley’s other early hits.
Arnold signed a solo recording contract with Vee-Jay Records, recording the
originals of I Wish You Would and I Ain’t Got You. Both were
later covered by The Yardbirds, and I Wish You Would was also recorded
by David Bowie on his 1973 album, Pin Ups. In the late 1950s Arnold continued
to play in Chicago clubs, and in 1963 he recorded an LP, More Blues From
The South Side, for the Prestige label, but as playing opportunities dried
up he pursued a parallel career as a bus driver and, later, parole officer. By
the 1970s Arnold had begun playing festivals, touring Europe, and recording
again. In 1993 he released the album Back Where I Belong on Alligator
Records, followed by Eldorado Cadillac (1995) and Boogie ’n’
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Biographical Information on Billy Boy Arnold
Billy Boy Arnold biography at wikipedia.org.
Billy Boy Arnold biography at alligator.com.
Billy Boy Arnold biography by Bill Dahl.
Billy Boy Arnold biography at centerstagechicago.com.
Billy Boy Arnold biography at knights-maumau.com.
Reviews and Critiques of Billy Boy Arnold Live Performances and Recordings
Live review by Tyler Hersey.
CD review at blues.co.nz.
CD review by Craig Ruskey.
Billy Boy Arnold Interviews
Billy Boy Arnold interview by Richie Unterberger.
Billy Boy Arnold interview and photos by Mark Fredell.
Billy Boy Arnold Photos
Two Billy Boy Arnold photos at joes-corner.de.
Four Billy Boy Arnold photos by Dragan Tasic.
Billy Boy Arnold photo at rosaslounge.com.
Billy Boy Arnold Audio Files
Billy Boy Arnold - Here's My Picture. MP3 file, runtime 02:08.
Billy Boy Arnold - You Got Me Wrong. MP3 file, runtime 02:35.
Billy Boy Arnold - Hello Stranger. MP3 file, runtime 02:49.
Billy Boy Arnold Videos
Billy Boy Arnold & the Aces - She Fooled Me (1977). Runtime 03:40.
Billy Boy Arnold -You Got Me Wrong... Runtime 02:27.
Billy Boy Arnold - 1-2-99. Runtime 06:03.
I Ain't Got You - Billy Boy Arnold (2004). Runtime 03:11.
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