Eddy Arnold, whose mellow baritone on songs like "Make the World Go Away" made him one of the most successful singers in history, died Thursday, 8 MAY 2008, at a care facility just south of Nashville. He was 89.
Arnold's radio debut was finally achieved in 1936 on the Jackson station WTJS, after which he gradually expanded his reputation into cities such as Memphis and St. Louis. By 1940 he had landed a job with Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys, providing him with regular appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and a place in their associated touring shows; towards the end of 1943 he emerged from the group as a solo performer to host an almost-daily radio program on WSM under his nickname "The Tennessee Ploughboy". Before long, a contract with the RCA label was secured, and by 1944 his recording career was underway.