Born Richard Edward Arnold on May 15, 1918 in Henderson, Tennessee. Eddy Arnold, known as “The Tennessee Plowboy,” had his first guitar at age 10, his own radio show on WMPS in Memphis and began his singing career as a teenager.
Soon as a star of the Grand Ole’ Opry the Hit Parade charted the first of 147 hits with 28 reaching #1 including, “That’s How Much I Love You,” “It’s a Sin,” “I’ll Hold You In My Arms,” “Anytime,” “Bouquet of Roses,” “Texarkana Baby,” “Just a Little Lovin’,” “I Wanna Play House With You,” “The Cattle Call,” “What’s He Doing In My World,” “Make The World Go Away,” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.” He is credited with selling more than 85 million records.
He successfully made the transition from radio to television, hosting his own TV show from 1952 through 1956. New Yorkers stood in line to hear him perform at Carnegie Hall, while Hollywood elite crowded the Coconut Grove and fans attended sold-out engagements in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.
Eddie Arnold was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966, named Entertainer of the Year in 1967 and received the CMA's Pioneer Award.