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Eddy Arnold

  • Hit songs include "You Don't Know Me," "Make the World Go Away," "I Want to Go with You," and "The Cattle Call"
  • Member of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame (for "Make the World Go Away")
  • Only country artist to have charted records in seven different decades
  • First person to win the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year
  • Has won CMA and ACM Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Sold more than 85 million records

In December 1944, Eddy Arnold, already a star on the Grand Ole Opry, made his first recordings for Victor Records at the WSM Studios — the first recording session by a major label in Nashville.

In 1945, he joined forces with Colonel Tom Parker, who was his manager for the next eight years. During that time, Arnold had a string of No. 1 hits, and in 1947-1948, he had the No. 1 song on the country charts for 60 consecutive weeks. In fact, in 1948 he outsold the entire pop division of RCA Victor which helped persuade RCA Victor as well as other notable record companies to eventually invest in building and operating recording facilities in Nashville.

Arnold became a major concert draw outside of the south during the late 1940s, and in 1952 "The Eddy Arnold Show" aired as a summer replacement show for Dinah Shore’s variety show on CBS. His theme song was "Cattle Call," and he recorded it four different times. The 1955 version with the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra was a number one record. Also, in 1955 he recorded the song "You Don’t Know Me", a song he co-wrote with legendary songwriter, Cindy Walker. That song was made a standard by Ray Charles and has been covered by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Michael Buble, and Willie Nelson.

In 1965, he scored his biggest hit of all, "Make The World Go Away", a record that is now in the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1966 he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and in 1967 he became the first person to win the Entertainer of the Year honor from the Country Music Association.

Eddy Arnold sold over 85 million records and is the only country artist to have charted records in seven different decades, one of which was a duet version of "Cattle Call" with LeAnn Rimes from her Blue album that was released by Curb Records in 1996. In 2000, he received the National Medal of the Arts from President Bill Clinton and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2005. Eddy Arnold died on May 8, 2008, thus silencing an unmistakable voice that inspired generations of singers and millions of fans alike. Following his death in May 2008, RCA Records released the single "To Life", a song from the album After All These Years and it debuted at No. 49 on the Hot Country Songs charts, which was his first entry into that particular chart in 25 years. Because of this feat, he also became the oldest artist to chart Billboard and it also set the record for the longest span between an artist’s first chart single and the last: 62 years and 11 months ("Each Minute Seems Like a Million Years" debuted on June 30, 1945), and extended Arnold’s career chart history to seven decades.

Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on November 7, 2010.