Billy Boy Arnold
|Tags:||blues harmonica harmonica blues blues harp|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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16 September 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Arnold first played blues harmonica with Bo Diddleys group in 1950 and became a well-known figure in Chicago blues throughout the following two decades. Among those he accompanied were Johnny Shines and Otis Rush. With a serviceable singing voice and a harmonica style influenced by John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson, Arnold recorded as a solo artist for local labels Cool (Hello Stranger, 1952) and Vee Jay Records. In 1958 he led a group that included Mighty Joe Young and recorded for Mighty H. However, none of Arnolds records were as successful as the mid-50s hits of Bo Diddley such as Pretty Thing and Hey Bo Diddley, to which he contributed the keening harp phrases. The most renowned of Arnolds own tracks is I Wish You Would (Vee Jay), which was adopted by UK R&B group the Yardbirds in the 60s. During the mid-60s blues boom, he cut an album for...