Richard Edward "Eddy" Arnold (May 15, 1918 – May 8, 2008) was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. He was a so-called Nashville sound (country/popular music) innovator of the late 1950s, and scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones. He sold more than 85 million records. A member of the Grand Ole Opry (beginning 1943) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (beginning 1966), Arnold ranked 22nd on Country Music Television's 2003 list of "The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music."
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in 1967, RCA's The Best of Eddy Arnold offers an excellent 12-track overview of his countrypolitain peak for the label in the '60s. Arnold had a tremendous number of hits, charting consistently from 1955-1975, but the early-'60s singles that this record chronicles are at the heart of his legacy -- smooth, lush productions of sweet ballads and heartache songs, perfectly suited for his easy-rolling voice. Later collections might be more comprehensive, but this The Best of Eddy Arnold contains the essentials -- "Bouquet of Roses," "Make the World Go Away," "Anytime," "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)," "Last World in Lonesome Is Me," "What's He Doing in My World," a nice re-recording of "Cattle Call" -- that make this record as effective an overview now as it was back then. Other collections may be longer, but this will tell many listeners everything they need to know.