Alta's Music Doorway - Eddy Arnold Songs Collection in .WAV Format
Eddy not only plowed behind a mule, he rode the mule to his first singing engagements. After his father died on Eddy's eleventh birthday, Arnold had to watch the family farm sold at auction. He never forgot it.
Eddy's singing career struggled until he landed a job as the lead male vocalist for the Pee Wee King band the "Golden West Cowboys" in 1940. In 1943, he struck out on his own with his own radio program on WSM. Soon he had a recording contract in his own right and a regular hosting spot on the Grand Ole Opry with "Cattle Call" as his theme song. An early manager was Tom Parker -- as in Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' eventual manager.
Arnold recorded his first single, "Mommy Please Stay Home With Me," in 1944 for RCA Victor. Although all of his early records sold well, his initial big hit did not come until 1946 with "That's How Much I Love You."
From November 1947 through January 1949, Arnold had six songs at No. 1 on the country charts, with only one other artist reaching No. 1 during that period. In late 1948, Arnold had an amazing six songs in the Top 10 at once. He was also a hit on mainstream shows like Milton Berle and Ed Sullivan and was sometimes called the Country Perry Como.
In 1955 Eddy Arnold upset many in the country music establishment by going to New York to record with the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra. The pop oriented arrangements of "Cattle Call" and "The Richest Man (In the World)" helped to expand Eddy Arnold's appeal.
Record sales dipped in the late 1950's as Rock 'n Roll became increasingly popular. He continued to try to court a wider audience by using pop-sounding, string-laced arrangements.
In 1964 Jerry Purcell became Eddy's new manager and Arnold embarked on a "second career" that surpassed the success of the first one.
"Make The World Go Away", previously recorded by other artists, was just another song until it received the 'Arnold touch'. Under the direction of producer Chet Atkins, and showcased by Bill Walker's arrangement and the talents of the Anita Kerr Singers and pianist Floyd Cramer, Eddy Arnold's soaring rendition of "Make The World Go Away" became an international hit.
Bill Walker's precise, intricate arrangements provided the background for 16 straight Eddy Arnold hits that sparkled through the late 1960's. Eddy Arnold started performing with symphony orchestras in virtually every major city.
Eddy Arnold, a poor country boy, had finally achieved the recognition he craved. From Carnegie Hall in New York to the Hollywood crowd at the Coconut Grove, his concerts were packed. He also had 'sold-out' engagements in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.
There are many reasons for Eddy Arnold's incredible success. From the beginning he stood out from his contemporaries. He never wore gaudy, glittering outfits. He sang from his diaphragm, not through his nose. He avoided honky-tonk themes, preferring instead to sing songs that explored the intricacies of love.