Thursday, November 13, 2008

A free Billy Boy Arnold download

Harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold cut his first records in Chicago more than 50 years ago... one of them being “I’m a Man” alongside Bo Diddley.

By the 1970s, European audiences had embraced Mr. Arnold in a big way. But his recording career dried up in the ’80s, and he found work as a bus driver and a parole officer.

Then Arnold signed with Chicago’s Alligator Records in 1993, releasing an album called “Back Where I Belong.” This brought his music career back to life.

A track off that album is available as a FREE MP3. Click here to hear “Young and Evil” on my Vox blog. To download it, click the song title below.

Billy Boy Arnold’s latest album came out earlier this year. “Billy Boy Sings Sonny Boy” is a tribute to the hugely influential Chicago bluesman John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson.

“Young And Evil” (MP3)
More on this album


DeAngelo Starnes said...

Just learned Mitch Mitchell passed away. Wow.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Thanks for the heads-up, DeAng.

destruction said...

Thank God for Alligator Records

Anonymous said...

Once interviewed Ells McDaniel at his home near Las Nutrias, NM. This is when Bo's two girls were tearing up the local high school.

All Bo could say for about 45 minutes was, "Those white boys ripped me off." No talking about guitars, Chicago. 45 minutes of "those white boys ripped me off."

This should be on the lips of Billy Boy Arnold - those English white boys, like Clapton, sure did rip him off.