Thursday, May 08, 2008

Eddy Arnold, RIP

Countrypolitan crooner extraordinaire Eddy Arnold passed away this morning at the ripe old age of 89. While I can't say he's a blog favorite, there are plenty of his records down in the archives. And if you're looking for some small tribute to him, I've shared out a couple of Christmas items from him around here. The first is a USAF promo from sometime in the late 60s or early 70s. He also turns up on a US Navy promo from sometime a little later. I hope you enjoy these little tastes from a great artist.


In a Van Down By the St. Vrain River said...

Yeah, you can label him as "countrypolitan" but he was pure, straight-ahead country in the early 50s. The best way to listen to Eddy Arnold is to go backwards in time. Remember, the countrypolitan trend also took down other solid honky-tonk performers like Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, and Ray Price.

Lee Hartsfeld said...

I hadn't heard--it was probably on the network news, which we missed today. Dang. A wonderful singer, Eddy. My Sunday Morning Gospel will feaure his "Songs of Fanny Crosby" LP, one of the best sacred albums ever.

Thanks for the post. Well, he lived a long life, at least--89.

The Perry Como of country singers. May he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Paul si sinorina, from Czech rep.Prague,12.5.08 My sweetheart Eddy, named in czech EdouĊĦek, I give to him this name after listen cowboy songs. He and Marty R. are superior voices for cowboy songs. Rest in peace.