MKOC Reviews the Stars
Country Legend, Eddy Arnold
By Maheen Wickramasinghe
With the permission of Marli, I would like to write a little
tribute to one of my favorite country artists of all time and how he has played a big part
of my life. I am 16 years old and I am a totally blind boy. Traditional country music has
always been a big part of my life and Eddy Arnold is my all time favorite singer in
country music. He was born on May 15, 1918 on a farm in Tennessee and his career is
studded with outstanding accomplishments. He is the number 1 country hit maker of all time
and he is the only artist to chart 7 decades straight in a row. He is the only
artist to win three awards which are, "Entertainer of the Year Award" from the
Country Music Association, the "Pioneer Award" from the Academy of Country Music
and the "Presidents Award" from the Song Writers Guild. His "Bouquet Of
Roses" stayed longer on the charts than any other country record and between
1945-1983 and he has charted more than 150 singles; 28, which went to number 1 and 92,
which stayed on the top 10. He is the first country artist to have a network television
show, the first artist to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York and the list just goes on
and on. He was inducted into the country music hall of fame in 1967. In my opinion, Eddy
deserves every bit of his popularity although he doesn't get the recognition, which he so
Eddy has certainly played a big part of my life and at 16 years
old, he is my all time favorite country artist. My favorite song of his is "Make The
World Go Away" which became a smash hit both on the country and pop field in 1965.
"The Cattle Call" was Eddy's theme song for many years and it is also one of my
favorites. I was only 13 years old when I first heard Eddy Arnold sing and from then on I
was hooked into his music.
It is very rare for someone like me to love traditional country
music so much and my thanks to Marli for asking me to write up this short tribute to a
living legend. Marli and I have been corresponding for a long time and I would like to
thank her very, very much for posting this on MKOC. You will never know how much this
means to me because Eddy Arnold (the Tennessee Plowboy) will never be forgotten. If you
would like to Email me my address is mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for having me a part of MKOC.
Sincerely yours, Maheen Wickramasinghe.
NOTE: Maheen was born on September 16, 1984 in Sri Lanka and now
lives in Canada.
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