Eddy Arnold Birthday (May 15th)

Eddy Arnold Birthday (May 15th)

Birth Details of Eddy Arnold

Eddy Arnold Was born on May 15, 1918.

Importance of Eddy Arnold

  • Eddy Arnold was an American country music singer.
  • Early Life of Eddy Arnold
  • Eddy Arnold had lost his parents and his family farm in his childhood.
  • At the age of 18, he left home to carve a niche in the music world.

Career and Achievements of Eddy Arnold

  • Eddy Arnold had to face many challenges of life to gain recognition in the music world. Finally, Eddy Arnold got a job as the lead male vocalist for a band called Pee Wee King band.
  • By the year 1943, Eddy Arnoldreached the image of a “solo star” on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • In the same year, Eddy Arnold signed a contract by RCA Victor.
  • All of his early records earned well but a very big hit in 1946 broke all the records with "That's How Much I Love You."
  • In many other countries and amongst the western singers of that time, Eddy Arnold was popular by a nickname: "The Tennessee Plowboy."
  • Col. Tom Parker use to manage the career of Eddy Arnold.
  • Soon Eddy Arnold began to dominate country music.
  • In 1947-48, 13 of the top 20 songs were sung by Eddy Arnold only.
  • Gradually, Eddy Arnold started singing from radio to television.
  • Eddy Arnold was successful in the new media.
  • In 1955, the pop-oriented records of "Cattle Call" and "The Richest Man (In the World)", became popular outside the country also.
  • Due to the increasing popularity of rock and roll, his record sales came down in 1950s.
  • But in association with Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold kept trying to entertain his fans by using pop-sounding, string-laced arrangements.
  • The style that later became popular as the Nashville sound.
  • In 1964, Jerry Purcell became Eddy Arnold manager.
  • Now Eddy Arnold’s ambition was to spread carrying his music to a larger number of audiences.
  • Already recorded by several other artists, “Make the World Go Away” were an average song until recorded by Eddy Arnold.
  • In the recording the direction of producer Chet Atkins, arrangement by Bill Walker's and the talents of the singer Anita Kerr, and pianist Floyd Cramer, combined together to rendition of the song "Make the World Go Away".
  • The song exploded as an international hit.
  • Bill Russell's played an important role in providing background for 16 upcoming hits of Eddy Arnold by the late 1960s.
  • Eddy Arnold started doing shows with symphony orchestras in all the major cities.
  • In New York, prestigious Carnegie Hall was wedged for two concerts.
  • Eddy Arnold became a popular personality amongst the Hollywood crowd.
  • Eddy Arnold worked with RCA Victor since the 1940s, which he left in 1970. Eddy Arnold left the label to record four albums for MGM Records.
  • One hit "If The Whole World Stopped Lovin'" was not satisfactory, so, Eddy Arnold returned to RCA Victor.
  • Eddy Arnold recorded two albums called “Eddy” and the hit single "Cowboy".
  • Eddy Arnold performed his last show on May 16, 1999, in Las Vegas.
  • Eddy Arnold retired from active singing after few more releases.
  • But he recorded a new RCA album, “After All These Years” in 2005 when Eddy Arnold was 87 years old.
  • Eddy Arnold became the member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966.
  • Eddy Arnold was selected the first Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year, in 1966. Eddy Arnold was awarded the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award in 1985.
  • In his complete career, Eddy Arnold has sold over 85 million records.
  • Out of which, 147 songs on the charts, hits on Billboard's "Country Singles" chart.
  • Eddy Arnold recordings have a huge variety of songs for mothers and children.
  • It also includes hymns, show tunes, and novelty numbers.
  • But even today, Eddy Arnold is popularly known for Eddy Arnold love songs.
  • Eddy Arnold was ranked 22 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003.

Later Life of Eddy Arnold

  • Eddy Arnold married, Sally Gayhart in November 1942.
  • The couple had a son and a daughter.
  • They were named Dickie and Jo Ann respectively.
  • Eddy Arnold died on May 8, 2008 in Franklin in Tennessee.
  • It happened a week before his 90th birthday.
  • Eddy Arnold and Sally were also blessed with two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.