Billy Boy Arnold

Genres: Blues
Tags: blues harmonica harmonica blues blues harp Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 September 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Arnold first played blues harmonica with Bo Diddley’s 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 Arnold’s 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 Arnold’s 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...

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