"This book proves that Eddy Arnold has not only 'done it all", but he did
it his way. ... We're honored to call him friend and are better people
for knowing him."
The Statler Brothers
No entertainer in the history of country music has spent more time at the top
of the charts than Eddy Arnold. With 28 number-one records and his status
as the country artist with the most chart singles in history, Eddy Arnold ranks
as one of the most popular and influential artists of this century.
Eddy Arnold, I'll Hold You In My Heart chronicles Arnold's rise from the son
of a poor farmer in Chester County, Tennessee, to the pinnacle of the entertainment
industry. The recipient of the first Entertainer of the Year Award from the
Country Music Association, Arnold's career has spanned more than sixty years
and has included forays into movies and television.
Author Don Cusic takes the reader backstage to meet "The Tennessee Plowboy,"
a soft-spoken gentleman who typically looks more like a banker than like the
average country-western superstar. Included in the book are stories behind
the making of Arnold's biggest hits such as "Bouquet of Roses", "Cattle Call",
"Make the World Go Away", and, of course, "I'll Hold You In My Heart".
In addition to telling the story of Eddy Arnold, Cusic provides an insider's
view of the rise of Nashville as the town that has become synonymous
with country music and WSM's The Grand Ole Opry. Arnold's career has coincided
with the growth of country music in remarkable ways.
Cusic also introduces Eddy Arnold the businessman and real estate entrepreneur
whose wise investments have made him one of Tennessee's wealthiest citizens.
To meet Eddy Arnold through Don Cusic's eyes is to meet an intelligent,
low-key, and delightfully honest man who is not only one of the music
industry's most incredible success stories, but who has also had a powerful
influence on the history of country music.
About the Author
Don Cusic is the author of nine books including, "Cowboys and the Old West"
and biographies of Reba McIntire, Randy Travis, and Sandi Patty. He has written
more than 500 articles and has been an editor for Record World and Cashbox
and a columnist for Music City News. He is professor of music business
at Belmont University in Nashville and is director of the Institute
for Music Business Studies.