Before everyone is doing country pop, Eddy Arnold has already done his own transition from country to popular music.
Today, let us take a look at Eddy’s journey as a country star and his significant hits.
Eddy Arnold as a Hitmaker
Born on May 15, 1918, the singer would have never guessed the impact of his music today. Eddy Arnold is known to be a prolific hit-making musician. His songs usually placed in the charts from the 1940s through the 1960s and scored top 10 hits as late as 1980.
His hit songs are “Cattle Call,” “Make the World Go Away,” “I’ll Hold You in My Heart,” and “Just a Little Lovin’.” His hits back then made him a powerhouse in the country music. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and he was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame beginning 1966.
Arnold was also ranked 22nd in the 2003 list of CMT for “The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.”
Eddy Arnold’s Journey as a Country Artist
The singer came from a family that loves music. His parents both know how to play the instruments and this helped shape his interest in music.
In their school, he played guitar for school functions and events. At an early age, he started performing at nightclubs, and that is how he was discovered.
He got acquainted with Elvis Presley‘s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. He got signed by a record label, and his career took off. Finally, he got the chance to perform at the Opry that solidified his name as a country artist.
The next few years became one of his best as all of his hits ranked in the Top 10.
Quotable Eddy Arnold
“When I finally put my guitar in the case the last time, I want to be remembered just as a singer, not as a country singer or pops singer – just a singer.”
Music knows no boundary. Eddy Arnold could not have said it better because this should be the case to everyone. Whether your genre is pop, country, rock or soul, your goal is to share your experience with your audience.
If through your music, you were able to change someone’s life, then you have done your part.
Listen to a collection of his songs here:
Happy Birthday in heaven, Eddy!