How much was Eddy Arnold worth?

Net Worth:$40 Million
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:May 15, 1918
Country:United States of America
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Who Is Eddy Arnold

Eddy Arnold came from a family of farmers in Tennessee, and he took early inspiration from Gene Autry and Bing Crosby. He would travel between those two stylistic poles in his future musical career; the amalgam is especially evident on “Cattle Call,” a cowboy’s lament swathed in crooner’s velvet. Arnold eked out a meager living through the Depression (his family lost their farm) by playing local honky-tonks and working for a funeral home. Playing on the radio afforded him a larger stage, and less grisly surroundings.

American country music singer Eddy Arnold had a net worth of $40 million dollars at the time of his death, in 2008. Performing over six decades he was an early innovator of the late ’50s Nashville sound. Eddy has had more songs on the Billboard country music charts than any other artists apart from the great George Jones. In total he had 147 songs and sold over 85 million records.

Key Facts:

  • Arnold’s mellow voice and jazzy arrangements earned him wide appeal across the musical spectrum.
  • Co-wrote “You Don’t Know Me,” later made famous by Ray Charles.
  • Was the first country singer to be offered a network TV show.
  • Logged over 140 singles on the Billboard country charts.
  • Arnold shared a manager with Elvis, the infamous Col. Tom Parker.
  • His agricultural roots earned him the nickname “Tennessee Plowboy.”
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In the beginning…

In 1943, Arnold performed regularly on Nashville’s WSM station and the attention led to a recording session with RCA. Starting with “That’s How Much I Love You,” Arnold ruled the country charts through the late ’40s. But by the next decade, Eddy Arnold was shedding his image as the Tennessee Plowboy and performed most often in Las Vegas; country music was struggling and the singer had the prospect of more success with a more urban image.

All the same, Arnold was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966. It was possible to dispute Arnold’s country allegiance, but there was no questioning his commercial track record. By 1985, he had sold over 80 million records. He continued to work into the 2000s, releasing After All These Years — his 100th record and last — in 2005.

Recommended Recordings

The Best of Eddy Arnold (compare prices): Arnold’s signature songs are present and accounted for in this single disc collection that focuses on his career pre-1970s. It features “Make the World Go Away,” “Bouquet of Roses,” and “You Don’t Know Me.”

The Tennessee Plowboy: His 59 Finest (compare prices): Fans who want to focus on Arnold before he “went pop” are directed to this two-disc collection that focuses on the years between 1944 and 1955, during which he recorded in a more traditional country sound. These earlier versions of “Bouquet of Roses” and “You Don’t Know Me” are different from those on The Best of Eddy Arnold.

Number One Country Songs

  1. “What Is Life Without Love” (1946)
  2. “It’s a Sin” (1947)
  3. “I’ll Hold You in My Heart” (1947)
  4. “Anytime” (1948)
  5. “Bouquet of Roses” (1948)
  6. “Just a Little Lovin’ (Will Go a Long Way)” (1948)
  7. “A Heart Full of Love (For a Handful of Kisses)” (1948)
  8. “Texarkana Baby” (B-side) (1948)
  9. “One Kiss Too Many”     (1949)
  10. “I’m Throwing Rice (At the Girl That I Love)” (1949)
  11. “Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me” (1949)
  12. “Don’t Rob Another Man’s Castle” (B-side) (1949)
  13. “There’s Been a Change in Me”                 (1951)  
  14. “Kentucky Waltz” (1951)
  15. “I Wanna Play House With You” (1951)
  16. “Easy on the Eyes” (1952)
  17. “A Full Time Job” (1952)
  18. “Eddy’s Song” (1952)
  19. “I Really Don’t Want to Know” (1953)
  20. “The Cattle Call” (1955)
  21. “That Do Make It Nice” (1955)
  22. “What’s He Doing in My World” (1965)
  23. “Make the World Go Away” (1965)
  24. “I Want to Go with You” (1966)
  25. “Somebody Like Me” (1966)
  26. “Lonely Again” (1967)
  27. “Turn the World Around” (1967)
  28. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (1968)
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