Country crooner who crossed over to the pop charts in the 1960s
Robert Edward Arnold was born May 15, 1918, in rural Henderson, Tennessee. He began playing the guitar when he was 7. Ten years later he was performing in beer halls and cafes and singing on the radio in Jackson, Tennessee He went on to work on radio shows in Memphis, St. Louis and Nashville before becoming the lead singer of Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys, a popular act on the Grand Ole Opry, in 1940. Three years later he struck out on his own and formed the Tennessee Plowboys.
Arnold took country music uptown and sold more than 85 million recordings over seven decades. And his style crossed genres. 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.
Eddy Arnold passed away May 8, 2008, he was 89 years young.