Eddy Arnold 1918-2008

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Wow, a sad day for country music fans for sure. In fact, for all music. An icon of music died, just short of turning 90 years old. eddy Arnold will be deeply missed by the country music community, I know I will for sure.

Eddy Arnold holds the most charted singles of any artist. Thats an amazing accomplishment in itself. Eddy Arnold became one of the most popular country performers of our time. He spent more weeks at the top of the charts than any other artist. Arnold not only had 28 number one singles, he had more charting singles than any other artist. Notice, the "any other artist," not just country or anything like that.

In 1966, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 167 he was the first Entertainer of the Year named by the CMA. The ACM gave him the Pioneer Award in 1984 and in 1987, he was awarded the Songwriters Guild's President's Award. However, one of the most incredible accomplishments would be his record sales. He has sold over 85 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. His 100th album was released in 2005 by RCA Records. No, thats not a typo, 100 albums in a career. Pretty amazing...

It surely saddens me to hear the news of his death, however, what a better day than to listen to some of his music and think back on all the wonderful memories his music has given us.

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