Eddy Arnold Biography
It would be a gross understatement to call Eddy Arnold a giant of American Music. Deity might be a more appropriate word for a man who scored 58 consecutive top ten country hits between his debut in 1945 and 1954, who never scored less than a top forty hit during the first 21 years of his career, charted over 140 records and sold a staggering total of over 85 million records including timeless classics like "Bouquet of Roses" and "Anytime." Not bad for a fellow dubbed "The Tennessee Plowboy" because he was a former Tennessee plow boy.
Eddy (b. May 15, 1918, Henderson, Tn.) was born the son of a share cropper and raised in rural Tennessee. His father was a country fiddler who encouraged his son's musical talents and scraped together enough money to get his boy a guitar at age 10. His earliest public performances were in grade school. By the time he entered high school he'd become a local star. With the Great Depression in full swing, Eddy had to leave school to help out on the farm and work as a mortuary assistant. His performing was relegated to occasional local functions he'd travel to riding a mule with his guitar strung on his back.
Like other country artists of the time Eddy's ticket to stardom was the key to stardom.many country performers performing live on radio became the ticket to stardom. He debuted on a Jackson, Tennessee station in 1936 becoming regional star there, and later in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1940 to '43 he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry with Pee Wee King. Billed as The Tennessee Plowboy and his Guitar he signed with RCA Victor Records in 1944 and that was the name that appeared on his records until 1954.
Arnold's first chart record "Each Minute Seems A Million Years" hit number five to begin that string of 58 consecutive top ten hits. In 1947 Arnold scored his first three number one hits, "What Is Life Without Love," "It's a Sin" and "I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)" with the latter staying at number one for 21 weeks. The following year Eddy hit the top with two of his signature songs, "Anytime and "Bouquet of Roses" At this point he had become the first true country to pop crossover artist.
Reaching a wider audience was something Arnold planned when he moved beyond simple country instrumentation. He said, "I had recorded with a little group of musicians for so long that there wasn't anything else for me to do from an instrumental standpoint. I had to be re-born. My songs were good lyrically and melodically, I just needed to change the background a little. I went in and did some thing with violins and Boom!"
Eddy Arnold moved into a class by himself so universally popular he became a perennial star, charting records over a span of five decades, scoring number one hits into the late '60s and top tens into the '80s. After a seven year hiatus he even returned to the studio in 1990. Along the way he added other classics like "Cattle Call," "Make The Word Go Away" and "What's He Doing In My World."
In addition to setting the standard for achievement and longevity for other artists to attempt to follow, Arnold became an example of how to manage a show business fortune. "I saved the first dollar I ever made and I've been saving and investing my money ever since," he recalled, "I never forgot how it felt to be poor," he added. He became one of the richest men in show business by investing in the only thing he felt was worth owning, "land."
Because of his huge musical contributionsand universal popularity, Eddy Arnold became true a ambassador of country music.
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greatest country vocalist of all time | Reviewer: johnnyd&zoomtown.com | 5/21/13
I think eddie arnold was the best ever, because he did country
songs, and many other songs that bordered between country and
popular hit parade music in his carear. he did the song called
m-o-t-h-e-r a word that means the world to me, but I could never
find out what year he recorded it.
Eddy Arnolds Half Brother | Reviewer: Carol Taylor | 7/10/11
I recently met eddy arnolds half brother who's name is also Eddie Arnold Jr. He told me everyone calls him Mr. Ed. He sold Sunboy who became the horse on Mr. Ed on TV. He lives near me. Was interested in recent posting on person who said was related to Eddy Arnold.
Cool! To be related to such a talented guy! | Reviewer: Jacqueline Arnold | 4/10/11
I found this biography on eddy arnold as I was trying to find out more info about his life. I have never met him or anything, but am related to him. My great grandfather and his father were brothers. I never got ot meet my great grandfather as he passed away before I was born and my grandfather wo knew Eddy died when I was 1. I love country music and am now going to start listening to Eddy's and see how I like it. I now live in Missouri but was originally from florida and I still have relatives in florida and georgia and I am assuming now Tennessee as well. Any relatives who would like to talk I am in the 417 area code of missouri (I don't want to list my number or email. I think it is cool to be related to such a country music legend and would love hearing form anyone who knew him better.
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