Blues America Radio
About This Show
Broadcasting weekly from the Chico Chism Studio in Phoenix as part of the PRX network and hosted by Drew Verbis. Listener supported Blues America, delivers the stories of blues people right in your car or living room while venerating The BLUES; a tradition of Africa-American folklore which created today's modern popular music. There's nothing like it!
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Blues America 68 - Billy Boy Arnold
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Billy Boy Arnold is one of a handful of musicians still standing to talk about the vibrant and important Chicago blues scene of the 1950’s. He was first inspired by John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson who he considered to be the most important purveyor of modern blues harmonica. After several meetings with Sonny Boy, while only a teenager, he cut his first two sides for the cool label before meeting Ellas McDaniel. Soon after, Arnold was in the studio with McDaniel cutting the two-sided smash “Bo Diddley/I'm a Man” for Checker which forever branded McDaniel with the moniker, Bo Diddley. This session led to Arnolds own hits for Veejay Records, “I Wish You Would” and “I Ain’t Got You.” Both hits put Arnold on the map and were later covered by British rockers the Yardbirds. “I Wish You Would” was covered by David Bowie.