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Eddy Arnold
Pioneer of the Nashville Sound

By Michael Streissguth

302 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 54 b&w illustrations, bibliography, discography, sessionography, index

978-1-60473-269-6 Paper $25.00T

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For the first time in paperback, the definitive biography of the quintessential country crooner

"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.

Michael Streissguth is a former television writer and producer and is a professor of English at Le Moyne College. He is 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.

Photograph--Eddy Arnold, courtesy the Dolly Denny collection

302 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 54 b&w illustrations, bibliography, discography, sessionography, index