Monday, February 16, 2009

Eddy Arnold

I can’t say that I get Eddy Arnold. He was the king of Nashville, country music singer extraordinaire, but in truth he was nothing but a crooner. He had dozens of singles on the country charts, 22 on the pop charts between1955 and 1968, and only 5 of those made the top 40. Out those 22 I have 14, and they come from an RCA collection called This Is Eddy Arnold.

Eddy Arnold:

Bouquet Of Roses – A major hit in 1947. I don’t know if he is returning heartbreak with kindness, or this is just a prototype for Dead Flowers.
Make The World Go Away – As lush as anything that Arnold did. This is a plea for what can’t be. It was a top 20 hit in late 1965, the biggest he had on the pop charts.
The Streets Of Laredo – The sad tale of a dying soldier
You Don’t Know Me – This was a country hit for Arnold in 1956, around the same time that Jerry Vale was riding high with it on the pop charts. I think I like Arnold’s version better. Elvis did it too, about 11 years later. This is one of those tales of unrequited love. You think I’m just a friend, sings Eddy.
Misty Blue – Eddy is trying so hard to get over his lost love. This is from the summer of ’67. Dorothy Moore had a big hit with this about 10 years later.
It’s Such A Pretty World Today – A happy song, not unlike Louis Armstrong doing Wonderful World, except that Eddy’s world is pretty because of his newfound love.
Hear Comes Heaven – This is a majorly syrupy ballad, but somehow Arnold pulls it off, strings and all. It inched into the top 100 in late 1967.
Somebody Like Me – A warning like song, like The Beatles’ You’re Gonna Lose That Girl. From the fall of ’66.
Anytime – Wikipedia lists 38 recordings of this, which means that there’s more. This is from 1947, though I think this is a rerecording. Eddy leaves his options open.
Lonely Again – This is a song about bad timing. It was a small pop hit in the winter of 1967.
But For Love – Love as a kind of imprisonment. From 1969.
Turn The World Around – Yesterday redux? We had a fight and now I’m sorry. I’m sorry we broke up. Ok. Get over it. From the fall of ’67.
The Cattle Call – here is where Eddy Arnold is true for-real country singer, a cowboy singer in fact. From the fall of ’55.
The Tips Of My Fingers – From the summer of ’66, this was more of a hit for Bill Anderson, and Roy Clark did it too. This is the story of a so-close-but-so-far romance.
Here Comes My Baby – Not the Cat Stevens / Tremeloes song. Eddy doesn’t sound too thrilled.
I Want To Go With You – I guess there are times when a romance opens doors that go beyond the romance itself. This is from winter, 1966.
I’ll Hold You In My Heart – Maybe he’s overseas, serving. Maybe he’s a travelling salesman. Maybe he is the slammer. In any case, he is pining for her, and she is to wait for him. The original is from 1947.
What’s He Doing In My World – Eddy sings about romantic betrayal with a hesitance that makes me wonder. She was kissing him, but he is tentative. Did you tell him you’re my girl, he asks. We don’t need him, he says. Ok. How about, throw the bastard out. From the summer of ’65.
Lay Some Happiness On Me – One of those happy songs that even the saddest singers have to do from time to time. Dean Martin did this also.
I’m Letting You Go – A man struggles with the end of a relationship, one in which his true love seems to love another. From 1965.
Just A Little Lovin’ – A by-the-book love song. The original is from 1948.
The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me – Very clever. This is from the summer of ’66.
Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) – This doesn’t appear to have been a single by Arnold. So many versions of this: Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Esther Phillips, Charlie McCoy, and, or course, Engelbert Humperdinck.
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – From the fall of ’68, about 18 months after the hit version by The Casinos.
I Really Don’t Want To Know – Eddy’s version of this is from 1953. That was the same year that Les Paul & Mary Ford did it. Ronnie Dove put it on the charts in 1966, as did Elvis in 1971. It was also done by Tommy Edwards, Solomon Burke etc etc
They Don’t Make Love Like They Used To –This was Eddy Arnold’s last top 100 hit, from late 1968.

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