Eddy Arnold

arnold2May 15, 1918 – May 8, 2008

In the vast landscape that is American country music, few artists – if any – had the type of unbelievable success that Richard Edward “Eddy” Arnold had in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Arnold played the radio station circuit for years before breaking into the country charts with 1945’s “Each Minute Seems a Million Years.” Over the next decade, he would chart more than 40 singles on the country charts – many of which hit and stayed at No. 1. The 1950’s brought Rock ‘n’ Roll to the forefront and Eddy’s career waned. But, thanks to TV shows and some savvy studio experiments, Arnold was able to remain in the public eye and create songs that had appeal beyond the country audience. His foray into more “pop-friendly” recordings created (can be blamed for?) the so-called “Nashville Sound” – replacing traditional honky tonk instrumentation with popular string/orchestral arrangements – that would eventually give rise to modern country-pop music. Eddy Arnold continued to produce music and perform for decades. He received a number of awards and recognitions for his work in the industry and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. He died in a Nashville nursing home of natural causes in 2008. He was 89 years old.

Burial

Woodlawn Memorial Park – Nashville, TN

Specific Location

Chapel Garden H; Two rows in from the main road, a few yards north of the sidewalk.

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