Arnold, Eddy [Richard Edward]
- Bill C. Malone
- , revised by John W. Rumble
(b Henderson, TN, May 15, 1918; d Brentwood, TN, May 8, 2008). American country-music recording artist and television performer. He personified country music’s commercial expansion during the period 1940–70. His father died when Arnold was 11, and the family became sharecroppers on the farm they had owned in Chester County, Tennessee. By 1936 he had begun working on radio programs and in beer joints, first in Jackson, Tennessee, and then in Memphis and St. Louis. Becoming the featured vocalist of the band led by Pee Wee King on the radio program Grand Ole Opry in 1940 heightened his profile. Arnold began to perform under his own name in 1943 and subsequently headlined the show’s segment broadcast over the Mutual Network. He made his first recordings for RCA Victor in 1944.
Between 1945 and 1955 Arnold scored 66 top-ten country hits; 21 reached number one including “That’s How Much I Love You” (RCA, ...