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Country Legend, Eddy Arnold
By Maheen Wickramasinghe

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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 richly deserves.

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   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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Find out more about Eddy Arnold on this Tribute Site by Bill Comer.


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