Country music star Eddie Arnold has died at the age of 89 at his care home in Nashville, Tennessee. Eddie was popular for more than seven decades and influenced hundreds of musicians both country and in other genres.
Mr. Arnold was a harbinger of the lush, orchestral Nashville Sound, made popular by the likes of Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline in the late 1950s and ‘60s. His greatest success was on the country charts, where, taken together, his singles have spent more time — including more time in the top position — than those of any other singer in the music’s history.
Thirty-seven of his hits crossed over to the pop charts. The biggest of those, “Make the World Go,” reached the pop Top Ten during the fall of 1965, when it was heard on the radio alongside the latest records by the Beatles, the Supremes and the Rolling Stones.
Eddie charted more than 140 songs including 28 #1 hits.
The ‘Tennessee Plowboy’ was born in Henderson, Tennessee, near my hometown and where most of my family still resides. Rest in Peace Eddie!