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Billy Boy Arnold

Biography

After a short tutoring period from Sonny Boy Williamson, Billy Boy Arnold rose to prominence for his meaty and jagged harmonica work. Through a convincing mix of rural Mississippi blues and more modern Chicago electric style blues, Arnold produced solid pop-oriented blues records in the late ‘50s. He also performed on Bo Diddley’s self-titled debut single, as well as on its flip-side, “I’m a Man;” furthermore, his own “I Wish You Would” was a staple of the Yardbird’s live set for some time. He faded from public view in the late ‘60s, only to re-emerge in the mid-‘90s with renewed vigor.
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