Eddy Arnold: Pioneer of the Nashville Sound (American Made Music) (Paperback)
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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.
About the Author
Michael Streissguth has written and produced three documentary films and is author of Voices of the Country: Interviews with Classic Country Performers; Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Reader; Johnny Cash: The Biography; and Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, "The List," and the Spirit of Southern Music. He is the founding chair of the Communication and Film Studies Department at Le Moyne College.