Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
ARNOLD, Billy Boy
(b William Arnold, 16 Sep. '35, Chicago) Blues singer, guitar, harmonica. Worked as a child with Bo Diddley washboard trio at parties, etc; with Johnny Shines, Otis Rush, Diddley, Earl Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter during '50s; recorded in Chicago '54--5, '64, '70; toured Europe '75, '77, incl. concerts and broadcasts; in BBC-TV film The Devil's Music: A History Of The Blues (segment taped in Chicago); recorded in England '77. UK Red Lightnin' label issued compilation LPs Blow The Back Off It (two tracks with Diddley), Sinner's Prayer (early '70s sessions), Checkin' It Out, Superharps (7]im[ EP, two tracks each by Arnold and Little Walter); It's Great To Be Rich (five-track 12]im[ EP incl. '82 cut by Diddley). Goin' To Chicago with Johnny Turner and his band is on Testament; Ten Million Dollars '84 on Evidence recorded in Paris; Back Where I Belong '93 followed by Eldorado Cadillac '95 on Alligator, the latter backed by a sextet, his voice in its prime, good hot guitar solos by Bob Margolin.