Country Music today lost one of the industry’s giants. Eddy Arnold, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died around 4:40 a.m. today at NHC Place in Cool Springs at the age of 89. He was the affable Tennessee Plowboy who brought elegance, sophistication and millions of fans to country music.
Mr. Arnold’s contributions to the history of American popular music were immense. He sold more than 85 million records, with 37 singles charting on the pop charts and many more impacting the country charts. He ranks as Billboard magazine He was a star of stage and screen, and he was also a public face of Nashville music for decades. Hits such as Make The World Go Away, I Want To Go With You, Turn The World Around, I Really Don charmed a nation and moved country toward the popular mainstream.
Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his wife Sally Gayhart Arnold, who died March 11, 2008. He is survived by their children, Richard Edward Jr., of Nashville, and Jo Ann Pollard, of Brentwood, Tenn. He is also survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.