Eddy Arnold: Pioneer of the Nashville Sound

Eddy Arnold: Pioneer of the Nashville Sound

by Michael Streissguth
     
 

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“Fans of Arnold’s mellow music will appreciate the intensely detailed record of his private life and public career. Others may find the vivid picture of country music’s early decades (the many small-town radio stations and deejays that supported the music, the backroads tours, the struggling record labels) quite intriguing.” —Kirkus

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“Fans of Arnold’s mellow music will appreciate the intensely detailed record of his private life and public career. Others may find the vivid picture of country music’s early decades (the many small-town radio stations and deejays that supported the music, the backroads tours, the struggling record labels) quite intriguing.” —Kirkus Reviews

Illustrated with fifty-four photographs and featuring a comprehensive discography and sessionography, this book traces Eddy Arnold’s origins from a cotton farm in western Tennessee to his legendary status in the world of country music. Michael Streissguth covers Arnold’s success as a top-selling artist in the 1940s and 1950s and his temporary wane as listeners gravitated toward the rock & roll sound, embodied by newcomer Elvis Presley. Arnold (1918–2008) kept recording, however, and working on his craft. By the mid-60s, he reemerged as a pop crooner with his hit song “Make the World Go Away.” His blend of country sentiments and pop stylings created the template for Nashville’s modern country music sound. Throughout his career he was a major concert attraction and a radio and television star. Few other figures can claim to have had as great an influence on contemporary country and popular arranging.

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Kirkus Reviews
Streissguth, a television producer, offers a carefully researched and affectionate study of the rise and decline and rise of Eddy Arnold, an amiable singer with, clearly, great patience and a steely determination to succeed. Arnold, who began performing in the late 1930s, was one of country music's most popular performers for several decades before seeing his career overshadowed by the rise of such country rock performers as Elvis Presley (Col. Tom Parker, Arnold's manager, dropped him to steer Elvis's meteoric career). Arnold reinvented himself as a mainstream singer in the 1960s, achieving great success with such crossover hits as "Make the World Go Away," and he enjoyed steady success in the 1970s and '80s as one of country music's elder statesmen. Fans of Arnold's mellow music will appreciate the intensely detailed record of his private life and public career. Others may find the vivid picture of country music's early decades (the many small-town radio stations and deejays that supported the music, the backroads tours, the struggling record labels) quite intriguing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604732696
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
06/19/2009
Series:
American Made Music Series
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Michael Streissguth is a former television writer and producer and is currently a professor of English at Le Moyne College. He is also the author of Like a Moth to a Flame: The Jim Reeves Story; Voices of the Country: Interviews with Classic Country Performers; Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece; Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Reader; and Johnny Cash: The Biography.

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