Friday, May 9, 2008
Country star Arnold dies at 89
Published: Friday, May 09, 2008
Eddy Arnold, the baritone singer known for mixing country and pop music in a style known as "The Nashville Sound," died Thursday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum said. He was 89.
A spokesperson for Arnold's family informed the Nashville institution of his death Thursday, Tina Wright, the centre's director of media relations, said in a telephone interview.
Arnold died at NHC Place at Cool Springs, a care facility in Franklin, Tenn., about a 30 minutes south of Nashville, Wright said.
Arnold hit the charts with songs from the 1940s through the 1960s, including 1947's I'll Hold You in My Heart and 1965's Make the World Go Away.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966 and a year later received the Country Music Association's first-ever Entertainer of the Year Award.
Richard Edward Arnold was born May 15, 1918, in Henderson, Tenn., according the Hall of Fame's website. His stage name, "the Tennessee Plowboy," derived from his upbringing on a family farm in Chester County,