Billy Boy Arnold

Billy Boy Arnold
Billy Boy Arnold (blues musician).jpg
Photograph by Ronald Weinstock
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Arnold
Born(1935-09-16) September 16, 1935 (age 81)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresChicago blues, Rhythm and blues
InstrumentsHarmonica, Guitar, vocals
Years active1952-present


William “Billy Son” Arnold (given birth to Sept 16, 1935, Chicago, Illinois) can be an American blues harmonica participant, vocalist and songwriter.

Created in Chicago, he started performing harmonica as a kid, and in 1948 received informal lessons from his close to neighbour John Lee "Sonny Son" Williamson, shortly prior to the latter's loss of life. Arnold produced his saving debut in 1952 with "Hello Stranger" on the tiny Great label, the record business providing him the nickname "Billy Boy".In the first 1950s, he joined forces with street musician Bo Diddley and performed harmonica around the March 2, 1955 documenting from the Bo Diddley song "I'm a guy" released by Checker Documents. The same day time as the Bo Diddley classes, Billy Boy documented the self-penned "YOU HAVE to Like Me" that was not really released before box arranged Chess Blues 1947-1967 in 1992.Arnold signed a single recording agreement with Vee-Jay Information, saving the originals of "We Wish YOU'LL" and "We Ain’t Got You". Both had been later included in The Yardbirds. "I Want YOU'LL" was also documented by David Bowie on his 1973 recording Pin Ups and by Nice on the 1982 album, Identification Crisis.In the past due 1950s Arnold continued to try out in Chicago clubs and in 1963 he documented an LP, More Blues FROM YOUR South Side, for the Prestige label, but as playing opportunities dry out he pursued a parallel job like a bus driver and, later on parole officer.From the 1970s, Arnold had begun taking part in festivals, touring Europe and saving again. He documented a program for BBC Radio 1 disk jockey John Peel off on Oct 5, 1977. He also documented in 1997 the songs that later on became the Catfish recording of 1999, in London with Tony McPhee as well as the Groundhogs.In 1993, he released the album Back again Where I Belong about Alligator Records, accompanied by Eldorado Cadillac (1995) and about Stony Plain Information using the Duke Robillard Music group Boogie ’n’ Shuffle (2001). In 2012, Arnold released Blue and Lonesome offering Tony McPhee as well as the Groundhogs. Another tribute to Sonny Boy was the recording The Blues Spirit of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Simple - SPCD 1378, 2014).In 2014, he was nominated for any Blues Music Award in the 'Traditional Blues Male Designer from the Year' category.


Studio albums

More Blues AROUND THE South Part (Prestige, 1964) Kings Of Chicago Blues Vol. 3 (Vogue, 1973) Blow THE TRUNK Off It (Crimson Lightnin', 1975) Checkin' It Out (Crimson Lightnin', 1979) Ten Mil Dollars (Blue Phoenix, 1984) Back again Where I Belong (Alligator, 1993) Eldorado Cadillac (Alligator, 1995) Boogie 'n' Shuffle (Stony Simple, 2001) Consolidated Mojo (Electro-Fi, 2005) Billy Young man Arnold Sings Sonny Young man (Electro-Fi, 2008) Billy Young man Arnold Sings Big Expenses Broonzy (Electro-Fi, 2012) The Blues Spirit Of Billy Young man Arnold (Stony Simple, 2014)

Live albums

Live IN THE Location 1990 (Catfish, 2000)

Compilation albums

Crying And Pleading (Charly, 1980) Goin' To Chicago (Testament, 1995) Catfish (Catfish, 1999)

Festival appearances

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Blues Event - 1992 Long Seaside Blues Event - 1994 North Ocean Jazz - 2009 Chicago Blues Event - 1994, 2004, 2010 University or college of Chicago Folk Event - 2012 Mojo Workin R&B Weekend (Donostia, Basque Nation, Spain) - 2014

See also

Set of harmonica blues music artists Set of harmonicists