Known for movies

Short Info

DiedMay 8, 2008, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
SpouseSally Gayhart Arnold
MarkHe performed wearing a tuxedo or other traditional jacket, rather than the typical glitzy "country" outfit.
FactFrom 1945 through 1983 he had 145 charted songs, including 28 number-one hits.

Eddy Arnold (born May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer who rose to prominence in the 1940s. His signature song, “You Don’t Know Me”, was a top five hit in 1951. He has sold more than 85 million records.

Arnold was born on a farm in Henderson, Tennessee. His parents were Mabel (née Bradley) and Aaron Arnold. He has six siblings. Arnold’s father died when he was only seven years old, and his mother had to take care of the family on her own.

Arnold began his musical career singing gospel music in churches. He soon started performing on local radio stations. In 1939, he made his first recordings for RCA Victor.

Arnold’s career took off in the 1940s. He became one of the most popular country music singers of that decade. He had several hit songs, including “That’s How Much I Love You” and “Bouquet of Roses”.

In 1948, Arnold married Sally Gayhart. The couple had three children: Richard, Deborah, and Ashley.

In the 1950s, Arnold’s career continued to be successful. He appeared on The Eddy Arnold Show, a television show that aired on CBS from 1955 to 1956. He also had a number of hit songs, including “I Wanna Play House With You” and “The Cattle Call”.

In 1963, Arnold’s wife Sally died of cancer. The following year, Arnold married his second wife, Nancy Junck. The couple had one child, a son named John.

In the 1970s, Arnold’s career began to decline. He stopped appearing on television and his records sales began to fall. In 1980, he was dropped by his record label, RCA Victor.

In the 1990s, Arnold made a comeback. He started appearing on the Grand Ole Opry and released a number of successful albums. In 2008, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Arnold is currently married to his third wife, Mary Ann Mobley. The couple has two children: Edward and Mary Margaret.

Arnold is now retired from performing but still makes occasional appearances. He has a net worth of $40 million.

General Info

Full NameEddy Arnold
DiedMay 8, 2008, Nashville, Tennessee, United States


SpouseSally Gayhart Arnold
ChildrenJoAnn Arnold Pollard, Richard E. Arnold, Jr., Richard E. Arnold, Jr, Cattle Call, Bouquet of Roses, I'll Hold You in My Heart
ParentsGeorgia Wright Arnold, William Arnold, Cattle Call, Bouquet of Roses, I'll Hold You in My Heart


AwardsCountry Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Academy of Country Music Awards Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, Cattle Call, Bouquet of Roses, I'll Hold You in My Heart
NominationsCountry Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, Cattle Call, Bouquet of Roses, I'll Hold You in My Heart
MoviesEddy Arnold Sings the Hits, Opry Video Classics: Pioneers, In Concert Series: Eddy Arnold, Hoedown, Feudin' Rhythm, Patsy Cline: Remembering Patsy
TV ShowsEddy Arnold Time, The Eddy Arnold Show

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#Marks / Signs
1He performed wearing a tuxedo or other traditional jacket, rather than the typical glitzy "country" outfit.


1Don't be afraid to fall flat on your face.
2I had recorded with a little group for so long that there wasn't anything for me to do from an instrumental standpoint. I had to be reborn.
3(On singing with string-based orchestras to create what became known as "the Nashville sound") I got to thinking, if I just took the same kind of songs I'd been singing and added violins to them, I'd have a new sound.....They [the country music establishment] cussed me, but the disc jockeys grabbed it.....The artists began to say, "Aww, he's left us". Then, within a year, they were doing it!
4Touring is really a pretty lonely business.
5When I finally put my guitar in the case the last time, I want to be remembered just as a singer, not as a country singer or pops singer - just a singer.


1He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6225 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6775 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
3His father died and his family lost its farm when he was 11.
4He started out on radio in 1936, and struggled until he was hired as lead male vocalist with the Pee Wee King band.
5He avoided the nasal twang of many country singers, and sang with a fuller, richer tone that appealed to a wider audience.
6In 1967, he was the first recipient of the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.
7According to a formula derived by Joel Whitburn, he is the all-time leader in an overall ranking for hits and their time on the charts.
8From 1945 through 1983 he had 145 charted songs, including 28 number-one hits.
9Father of Richard Edward Arnold, Jr. and Jo Ann Pollard, both of Brentwood, Tennessee and grandfather of two.
10According to Billboard Magazine, holds the record for most Top 10 hits on the Country Charts (92), and the most weeks with songs at the #1 position on the Country Charts (145).
11Was one of the volunteer searchers who found the wreckage of his friend and fellow Country Music star Jim Reeves' plane on August 2, 1964, two days after it crashed. Several pictures show Arnold at the sight with several other searchers, with a blanket over Reeves' body, shortly after it was found.
12He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
13Toured and recorded with legendary Nashville guitarist, Hank Garland.
14One of country music's most beloved performers, with a smooth baritone voice and relaxed style, his many hits, all of them on RCA Victor, include: "Cattle Call," "What Is Life Without Love?," "Bouquet of Roses," "Make the World Go Away," "Turn the World Around," "Anytime," "Will Santy Come to Shanty Town?," "Lonely Again," "I Want to Go With You," "Here Comes My Baby," and "What's He Doing in My World?".
15Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966.
16One of his early managers was Tom Parker.




I Saw the Light2015performer: "Anytime"
The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA2014TV Movie documentary performer: "Yesterday's Memories"
Rock & Chips2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
W.2008/Iperformer: "What a Wonderful World"
Frygtelig lykkelig2008"You Always Hurt the One Your Love"
Hellboy II: The Golden Army2008performer: "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Opry Video Classics: Pioneers2007Video performer: "Cattle Call"
The Brave One2007writer: "You Don't Know Me"
Best of Country Live!2006Video performer: "Tennessee Waltz"
How I Met Your Mother2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Doc Martin2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Great Performances2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Notorious Bettie Page2005performer: "One Kiss Too Many" - as Eddie Arnold / writer: "One Kiss Too Many"
Grand Ole Opry's Vintage Classics2005TV Movie performer: "You Don't Know Me" / writer: "You Don't Know Me"
Peter Cincotti: Live in New York2005Video documentary writer: "You Don't Know Me"
Ray2004/Iperformer: "Anytime" / writer: "You Don't Know Me"
Bad Santa2003performer: "Up on the House Top" 1866
Idol stjörnuleit2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Against the Dying of the Light2001Short documentary "You Don't Know Me"
Nurse Betty2000performer: "The Cattle Call"
In God's Hands1998performer: "You Don't Know Me" / writer: "You Don't Know Me"
Two Girls and a Guy1997writer: "You Don't Know Me" - as E. Arnold
My Best Friend's Wedding1997writer: "You Don't Know Me"
Private Parts1997performer: "Cattle Call"
The Mirror Has Two Faces1996writer: "You Don't Know Me"
Trapped in Paradise1994performer: "Up on the Housetop"
Groundhog Day1993writer: "You Don't Know Me"
My Own Private Idaho1991performer: "Cattle Call"
Postcards from the Edge1990writer: "You Don't Know Me" - as E. Arnold
Let It Ride1989performer: "Cattle Call"
Great Balls of Fire!1989writer: "I'm Throwing Rice at the Girl That I Love"
Designing Women1988TV Series 1 episode
Women of Valor1986TV Movie performer: "I'm Waiting for Ships That Never Come In"
Fame1986TV Series writer - 1 episode
Personal Best1982writer: "You Don't Know Me" - as E. Arnold
Melvin and Howard1980performer: "Tennessee Stud"
Kojak1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Graham Kennedy Show1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Johnny Cash ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1971 writer - 1 episode, 1971
The Kraft Music Hall1970TV Series performer - 1 episode
Clambake1967writer: "You Don't Know Me"
A Time for Killing1967performer: "The Long Ride Home"
The Danny Kaye Show1966-1967TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Jimmy Dean ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1963 writer - 1 episode, 1963
Ozark JubileeTV Series performer - 3 episodes, 1960 writer - 1 episode, 1960
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV Series writer - 1 episode
Country Style, U.S.A.TV Series short performer - 1 episode, 1959 writer - 1 episode, 1959
Tension at Table Rock1956performer: "The Ballad of Wes Tancred"
The Tennessee Plowboy1956Short performer: "Cattle Call", "I Walked Alone Last Night Where Once We Wandered"
Hoedown1950performer: "Just a Little Lovin' Will Go a Long Way", "Bouquet of Roses", "I'm Throwing Rice At the Girl I Love" / writer: "Just a Little Lovin' Will Go a Long Way", "I'm Throwing Rice At the Girl I Love"
Feudin' Rhythm1949performer: "Cattle Call", "You Know How Talk Gets Around", "The Nearest Thing To Heaven", "There's No Wings On My Angel" / writer: "There's No Wings On My Angel"
Song of the Drifter1948writer: "I'll Hold You In My Heart"
Community Sing 9652: April Showers1947Short writer: "That's How Much I Love You"


The Red Skelton Hour1968TV SeriesHenry Dittendorfer
Hoedown1950Eddy Arnold
Feudin' Rhythm1949Eddy Arnold


The Last Picture Show1971for their music we thank: courtesy of RCA Records


Best of Country Live!2006VideoHimself
Eddy Arnold Sings the Hits2005Video documentaryHimself
The Definitive Elvis: Elvis and the Colonel2002Video documentaryHimself
Christmas Time with Eddy Arnold1997VideoHimself
Prime Time Country1996TV SeriesHimself
Salute to the '50s: The Reunion of the Decade1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
America's Music: The Roots of Country1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (1996)
An Evening of Country Greats: A Hall of Fame Celebration1996TV SpecialHimself
An All Star Salute to Country Music1990TV MovieHimself
Academy of Country Music's 20th Anniversary Reunion1986TV SpecialHimself
The 19th Academy of Country Music Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Winner
Roy Acuff... 50 Years the King of Country Music1982TV SpecialHimself
The Arthur Godfrey Special1979TV MovieHimself
Happy Birthday, Las Vegas1977TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1962-1977TV SeriesHimself - Vocalist / Himself - Co-Host / Himself / ...
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1975TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up and Cheer1974TV SeriesHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1967-1971TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself / Himself - Co-Host
The Johnny Cash Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Jim Nabors Hour1970TV SeriesHimself
The Real Tom Kennedy Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest Host
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Showtime1968TV SeriesHimself - Host
Carol Channing and 101 Men1968TV MovieHimself
Dee Time1968TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1968TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
American Profile1967TV Series documentaryHimself - Host (1967)
The Dean Martin Show1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
Personality1967TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Andy Williams Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Danny Thomas Special: Danny Goes Country and Western1966TV MovieHimself
Juke Box Jury1966TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1966TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Steve Lawrence Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Jimmy Dean Show1963-1965TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Singer
The Best on Record1965TV SpecialHimself
That Regis Philbin Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Hootenanny1964TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Performer
The Ed Sullivan Show1964TV SeriesSinger
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Country Vocalist
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959-1961TV SeriesHimself
Ozark Jubilee1960TV SeriesHimself - Host / Singer
Country Style, U.S.A.1959TV Series shortHimself - Singer
The DuPont Show of the Month1957TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1957TV SeriesHimself
The Patti Page Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The Tennessee Plowboy1956ShortHimself - as the Tennessee Plowboy
The Spike Jones Show1954TV SeriesHimself
The Dave Garroway Show1953TV SeriesHimself
The Eddy Arnold Show1952TV SeriesHimself
All Star Revue1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest Country Vocalist
The Ezio Pinza Show1952TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1950TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Hometown Jamboree1949TV SeriesHimself
The R.C.A. Thanksgiving Show1948TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA2014TV Movie documentaryHimself (2002)
Opry Video Classics: Pioneers2007VideoHimself
My Music: Country Pop Legends2006TV MovieHimself
Grand Ole Opry's Vintage Classics2005TV MovieHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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