Happy Fourth of July weekend on this July 3rd as we celebrate our country’s Independence.  Today the 98.1 Country Classic Spotlight showcases Eddy Arnold at 11 am.

Born Richard Edward Arnold in Henderson, Tennessee May 15, 1918 and grew up on a large farm in Tennessee.  Later in life his stage name was the “Tennessee Plowboy.”  His popularity grew fast, it brightened when he joined Pee Wee King as a featured singer in 1940.  In 1943 he went solo, appearing on WSM Radio eventually the Grand Ole Opry.

Arnold began working television in the early 1950’s, hosting “The Eddy Arnold Show” then appearing as a guest and guest host on the ABC television show “Ozark Jubilee” from 1955-1960.

Arnold scored 147 songs on the Billboard Country Music Charts.  He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the country music Hall of Fame.

Arnold passed away from natural causes on May 8, 2008 in a nursing home in Nashville, Tennessee one week before his 90th birthday.  His wife Sally had preceded him in death by two months. They were married 66 years and survived by two children, Richard Arnold Jr. and Joann Arnold Pollard.

We get started at 9 am with the Country Classic Show at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online and on your mobile device.  Remember we always take your requests at 320-252-9897 or email dick@minnesotasnewcountry.com.