Billy Boy Arnold

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Billy Boy Arnold
Photograph by Ronald Weinstock
Photograph by Ronald Weinstock
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Arnold
Born (1935-09-16) September 16, 1935 (age 86)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Harmonica
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active1952–present


William "Billy Boy" Arnold (born September 16, 1935)[1] is an American blues harmonica player and singer-songwriter.

In the early 1950s, he joined forces with street musician Bo Diddley and played harmonica on the March 2, 1955 recording of the Bo Diddley song "I'm a Man" released by Checker Records.

Arnold signed a solo recording contract with Vee-Jay Records, recording the originals of "I Wish You Would" and "I Ain’t Got You".[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. AllMusic biography
  2. Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 89. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.

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