May 8, 2008
Country music legend Eddy Arnold died at a nursing care facility in Franklin, Tennessee early Thursday morning.
He was just a few days short of his 90th birthday.
Early in his career he was known as "The Tennessee Plowboy."
One of his first managers was Col. Tom Parker, who later became Elvis Presley's manager.
Arnold was one of the pioneers of the "Nashville Sound" that was a mixture of country and pop.
His 1965 song "Make the World Go Away" was one of his many number one hits. A year later he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Augusta music historian Don Rhodes told News 12 Thursday Arnold played in Augusta often early in his career. He described him as a "very nice man." Rhodes also said Arnold's wife of 66 years, Sally, died in March of this year. He said the last time he saw the Arnolds was at singer Minnie Pearl's funeral.
Eddy Arnold is survived by a son and daughter.
Many of Arnold's hits were in association with famed guitarist Chet Atkins, who also producerd many of the recording sessions.
Eddy Arnold is survived by a son and daughter. Funeral arrangements were still pending Thursday afternoon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.