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Muere Eddy Arnold, leyenda del country


Eddy Arnold, uno de los cantantes más exitosos de la música country, murió hoy escasos días antes de su noveno cumpleaños.

 08 de may, 2008

Arnold falleció hoy en un centro de cuidados cerca de Nashville, dijo Don Cusic, profesor de la Universidad de Belmont y autor de la biografía "Eddy Arnold: I'll Hold You in My Heart". Su esposa por 66 años, Sally, había muerto en marzo, y el mismo mes Arnold sufrió una caída y se lesionó la cadera.

Con canciones como "Make the World Go Away" (1965), uno de sus muchos No. 1, Arnold alcanzó la fama y el reconocimiento de la industria.

Modesto pero sofisticado, fue un pionero del llamado "Sonido de Nashville", una mezcla de country y pop, allanando el camino para otras estrellas como Kenny Rogers.

"Canto un poquito de country, canto un poquito de pop y canto un poquito de folk, y todo va bien junto", dijo en 1970.

En 1966 su nombre quedó inmortalizado en el Salón de la Fama de la Música Country, y al año siguiente se convirtió en la primera persona en recibir el premio al artista del año de la Asociación de la Música Country.

El libro de referencia "Top Country Singles 1944-1993", de Joel Whitburn, lo coloca como el cantante No. 1 del género en términos de éxito en las listas de popularidad de la revista Billboard. Dice que su primer tema al tope fue "What Is Life Without Love", de 1947, y que su "Bouquet of Roses" fue el máximo éxito del año de la música country.

Otros clásicos incluyen "Cattle Call", "The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me", "Anytime", "What's He Doing in My World?", "I Want to Go With You", "Somebody Like Me", "Lonely Again" y "Turn the World Around".

Al reflexionar sobre su trayectoria, dijo que nunca imitó a nadie.

"Realmente tuve una idea de cómo quería cantar desde el comienzo", declaró una vez.

Revitalizó su carrera en los años 60 añadiendo cuerdas, una movida controversial para un artista country en la época.

Entre sus más recientes producciones están "Looking Back" (2002) y "After All These Years" (2005).

Arnold nació el 15 de mayo de 1918 en una granja cerca de Henderson, Tenesí. Cantó en estaciones de radio en Jackson, Tenesí; Memphis, Tenesí, y San Luis antes de darse a conocer a nivel nacional.

A principios de su carrera su manager fue Tom Parker, quien después representó a Elvis Presley.

Arnold vivió en Brentwood, un suburbio de Nashville. Le sobreviven un hijo, Richard Edward Arnold Jr., y una hija, Jo Ann Pollard.




It would be a gross understatement to call Eddy Arnold a giant of American Music. Deity might be a more appropriate word for a man who scored 58 consecutive top ten country hits between his debut in 1945 and 1954, who never scored less than a top forty hit during the first 21 years of his career, charted over 140 records and sold a staggering total of over 85 million records including timeless classics like "Bouquet of Roses" and "Anytime." Not bad for a fellow dubbed "The Tennessee Plowboy" because he was a former Tennessee plow boy.

Eddy (b. May 15, 1918, Henderson, Tn.) was born the son of a share cropper and raised in rural Tennessee. His father was a country fiddler who encouraged his son's musical talents and scraped together enough money to get his boy a guitar at age 10. His earliest public performances were in grade school. By the time he entered high school he'd become a local star. With the Great Depression in full swing, Eddy had to leave school to help out on the farm and work as a mortuary assistant. His performing was relegated to occasional local functions he'd travel to riding a mule with his guitar strung on his back.

Like other country artists of the time Eddy's ticket to stardom was the key to stardom.many country performers performing live on radio became the ticket to stardom. He debuted on a Jackson, Tennessee station in 1936 becoming regional star there, and later in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1940 to '43 he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry with Pee Wee King. Billed as The Tennessee Plowboy and his Guitar he signed with RCA Victor Records in 1944 and that was the name that appeared on his records until 1954.

Arnold's first chart record "Each Minute Seems A Million Years" hit number five to begin that string of 58 consecutive top ten hits. In 1947 Arnold scored his first three number one hits, "What Is Life Without Love," "It's a Sin" and "I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)" with the latter staying at number one for 21 weeks. The following year Eddy hit the top with two of his signature songs, "Anytime and "Bouquet of Roses" At this point he had become the first true country to pop crossover artist.

Reaching a wider audience was something Arnold planned when he moved beyond simple country instrumentation. He said, "I had recorded with a little group of musicians for so long that there wasn't anything else for me to do from an instrumental standpoint. I had to be re-born. My songs were good lyrically and melodically, I just needed to change the background a little. I went in and did some thing with violins and Boom!"

Eddy Arnold moved into a class by himself so universally popular he became a perennial star, charting records over a span of five decades, scoring number one hits into the late '60s and top tens into the '80s. After a seven year hiatus he even returned to the studio in 1990. Along the way he added other classics like "Cattle Call," "Make The Word Go Away" and "What's He Doing In My World."

In addition to setting the standard for achievement and longevity for other artists to attempt to follow, Arnold became an example of how to manage a show business fortune. "I saved the first dollar I ever made and I've been saving and investing my money ever since," he recalled, "I never forgot how it felt to be poor," he added. He became one of the richest men in show business by investing in the only thing he felt was worth owning, "land."

Because of his huge musical contributionsand universal popularity, Eddy Arnold became true a ambassador of country music.


Eddy Arnold ~ What's He Doing In My World


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