It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Billy Boy Arnold

Talk about a comeback. After too many years away from the studio, Chicago harpist Billy Boy Arnold returned to action in a big way with two fine albums for Alligator: 1993's Back Where I Belong and 1995's Eldorado Cadillac. Retaining his youthful demeanor despite more than four decades of blues experience, Arnold's wailing harp and sturdy vocals remained in top-flight shape following the lengthy recording layoff.

Born in Chicago rather than in Mississippi (as many of his musical forefathers were), young Arnold gravitated right to the source in 1948. He summoned up the courage to knock on the front door of his idol, harmonica great John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, who resided nearby. Sonny Boy kindly gave the lad a couple of harp lessons, but their relationship was quickly severed when Williamson was tragically murdered. Still in his teens, Arnold cut his debut 78 for the extremely obscure Cool logo in 1952. "Hello Stranger" went nowhere but gave him his nickname when its label unexpectedly read "Billy Boy Arnold."

Arnold made an auspicious connection when he joined forces with Bo Diddley and played on the shave-and-a-haircut beat specialist's two-sided 1955 debut smash "Bo Diddley"/"I'm a Man" for Checker. That led, in a roundabout way, to Billy Boy's signing with rival Vee-Jay Records (the harpist mistakenly believed Leonard Chess didn't like him). Arnold's "I Wish You Would," utilizing that familiar Bo Diddley beat, sold well and inspired a later famous cover by the Yardbirds. That renowned British blues-rock group also took a liking to another Arnold classic on Vee-Jay, "I Ain't Got You." Other Vee-Jay standouts by Arnold included "Prisoner's Plea" and "Rockinitis," but by 1958, his tenure at the label was over.

Other than an excellent Samuel Charters-produced 1963 album for Prestige, More Blues on the South Side, Arnold's profile diminished over the years in his hometown (though European audiences enjoyed him regularly) and he first ended up driving a bus in his hometown of Chicago, then working as a parole officer for the state of Illinois. Fortunately, that changed: Back Where I Belong restored this Chicago harp master to prominence, and Eldorado Cadillac drove him into the winner's circle a second time. After a six year lull between recordings, 2001's Boogie 'n' Shuffle on Stony Plain found Arnold still in fine form, backed by Duke Robillard and his band on a set of rough and ready blues.~ Bill Dahl, Rovi
full bio

Comments

frannie1024
stay out all night long,....
mrschaffins
good blues
stepfan47
Loving this song & its meaning!

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[110, 78, 74, 103, 78, 83, 114, 114, 85, 95, 81, 89, 114, 70, 122, 67, 77, 117, 121, 92, 106, 72, 83, 96, 106, 88, 115, 71, 121, 103, 82, 64, 67, 88, 101, 103, 115, 83, 97, 83, 65, 94, 82, 82, 94, 87, 73, 114, 102, 71, 110, 104, 93, 126, 83, 95, 82, 117, 98, 88, 113, 84, 127, 113, 109, 109, 123, 124, 115, 123, 87, 86, 75, 65, 80, 86, 107, 112, 79, 72, 96, 118, 80, 108, 127, 105, 120, 86, 93, 89, 71, 72, 100, 97, 66, 93, 67, 127, 104, 96, 120, 114, 98, 122, 121, 111, 84, 87, 118, 71, 119, 117, 117, 75, 112, 122, 111, 91, 100, 79, 114, 104, 78, 85, 107, 64, 115, 94, 124, 116, 112, 99, 79, 111, 96, 89, 121, 68, 89, 66, 117, 127, 109, 94, 120, 113, 85, 124, 70, 113, 106, 97, 88, 91, 119, 106, 101, 96, 83, 111, 107, 70, 76, 99, 74, 92, 100, 77, 123, 111, 116, 74, 72, 64, 103, 66, 108, 94, 85, 110, 116, 77, 118, 65, 66, 103, 123, 91, 71, 116, 74, 94, 79, 119, 123, 80, 125, 109, 78, 121, 91, 109, 109, 88, 122, 89, 71, 71, 127, 84, 83, 127, 127, 90, 112, 64, 118, 77, 68, 72, 64, 105, 70, 107, 105, 106, 75, 107, 99, 78, 94, 68, 109, 120, 113, 111, 100, 109, 96, 127, 95, 100, 122, 119, 126, 98, 115, 86, 103, 111, 76, 89, 64, 92, 88, 74, 112, 84, 116, 102, 97, 123, 115, 119, 80, 74, 70, 64, 73, 101, 81, 92, 118, 76, 92, 78, 68, 118, 116, 89, 108, 78, 64, 100, 80, 77, 109, 76, 65, 84, 98, 109, 118, 114, 76, 89, 107, 91, 81, 113, 77, 121, 70, 101, 120, 86, 77, 126, 69, 113, 71, 126, 105, 76, 84, 103, 83, 65, 72, 103, 117, 94, 78, 86, 65, 84, 111, 92, 108, 113, 85, 76, 106, 110, 76, 76, 99, 86, 105, 75, 95, 126, 81, 71, 82, 84, 90, 111, 81, 110, 80, 104, 111, 81, 79, 64, 121, 86, 87, 86, 120, 102, 77, 107, 124, 121, 75, 79, 71, 95, 82, 72, 103, 126, 86, 66, 100, 74, 72, 81, 113, 83, 100, 126, 75, 92, 115, 76, 118, 105, 65, 72, 87, 76, 68, 69, 72, 80, 89, 118, 72, 96, 81, 76, 96, 119, 119, 109, 118, 94, 64, 85, 121, 84, 77, 64, 82, 84, 84, 80, 117, 111, 72, 110, 78, 122, 124, 123, 104, 97, 107, 92, 101, 123, 65, 108, 105, 91, 72, 105, 65, 107, 72, 109, 64, 73, 99, 120, 70, 83, 116, 99, 100, 107, 94, 92, 64, 125, 88, 71, 99, 121, 97, 83, 115, 120, 74, 93, 88, 96, 90, 95, 65, 118, 72, 96, 99, 79, 92, 115, 112, 77, 81, 95, 108, 117, 78, 106, 116, 116, 88, 105, 108, 78, 121, 88, 105, 123, 114, 95, 84, 103, 93, 102, 72, 119, 113, 70, 110, 74, 78, 87]