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Country Superstar Eddy Arnold dies at 89 Eddy Arnold, whose mellow baritone on songs like 'Make the World Go Away', made him one of the most successful country singers in history, died this morning May 6,2008, days short of his 90th birthday. Arnold died at a care facility near Nashville. His wife of 66 years, Sally, had died in March, and in the same month, Arnold fell outside his home, injuring his hip. Arnold's vocals on songs like the 1965 "Make the World Go Away," one of his many No. 1 country hits and a top 10 hit on the pop charts, made him one of the most successful country singers in history. Folksy yet sophisticated, he became a pioneer of "The Nashville Sound," also called "countrypolitan," a mixture of country and pop styles. His crossover success paved the way for later singers such as Kenny Rogers. "I sing a little country, I sing a little pop and I sing a little folk, and it all goes together," he said in 1970. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966. The following year he was the first person to receive the entertainer of the year award from the Country Music Association. The reference book "Top Country Singles 1944-1993," ranked Arnold the No. 1 country singer in terms of overall success on the Billboard country charts. It lists his first No. 1 hit as "It's a Sin," 1947, and for the following year ranks his "Bouquet of Roses" as the biggest hit of the entire year. Other hits included "Cattle Call,""The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me,""Anytime,""Bouquet of Roses,""What's He Doing in My World?""I Want to Go With You,""Somebody Like Me,""Lonely Again" and "Turn the World Around." Most of his hits were done in association with famed guitarist Chet Atkins, the producer on most of the recording sessions. The late Dinah Shore once described his voice as like "warm butter and syrup being poured over wonderful buttermilk pancakes." Reflecting on his career, he said he never copied anyone. 'I really had an idea about how I wanted to sing from the very beginning,' he said. He revitalized his career in the 1960s by adding strings, a controversial move for a country artist back then. 'I got to thinking, if I just took the same kind of songs I'd been singing and added violins to them, I'd have a new sound. They cussed me, but the disc jockeys grabbed it. ... The artists began to say, 'Aww, he's left us.' Then within a year, they were doing it!' Arnold was born May 15, 1918, on a farm near Henderson, Tenn., the son of a sharecropper. He sang on radio stations in Jackson, Tenn., Memphis, Tenn., and St. Louis before becoming nationally known. His image was always that of a modest, clean-cut country boy. 'You cannot satisfy all the people,' he once said. 'They have an image of me. Some people think I'm Billy Graham's half brother, but I'm not. I want people to get this hero thing off their mind and just let me be me.'
Tags: eddy  arnold  countrypolitan  sound   
Added: 8th May 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Camp Grenada Blame Teresa for this one entering my brain cell. (Baloo).
Tags: Allen  Sherman  camp  Grenada  Thanks  to  Chaplins  Violin 
Added: 2nd May 2008
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Posted By: donmac101
Henny Youngman - Hollywood Palace 1966 Tags: henny    youngman    violin    oneliner    one-liner    comedy    stand-up    legend     
Added: 28th August 2008
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Our Gang - Wally Albright Wally Albright began acting at age four. He made one appearance in an Our Gang comedy in 1932. In 1934 Hal Roach brought him in as an Our Gang regular to replace Dickie Moore. Albright's naturally blond hair and leadership qualities made him a natural as a key member of the troupe. His most famous Our Gang short was 'Washee Ironee' in which well-to-do Wally chose playing football with the gang over practising his violin. Much to Roach's surprise, Wally stayed with with Our Gang for only five short films before moving on to small roles in feature films. After his acting days ended, Albright became extremely successful in the California produce business. He was also a national skiing champion. He died a month before his 74th birthday in 1999. See? Not every Our Gang member died young, tragically or penniless.
Tags: Wally  Albright  Our  Gang 
Added: 25th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bob Atcher and Churn Fresh Meadow Gold Remember Bob Atcher? Bob Atcher was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, and learned violin and guitar from his father, who was skillful at playing the fiddle. Bob attended Kentucky State University when he was only 14. He studied medicine and combined that with guitar playing and yodeling. He started out on radio in Louisville on WHAS. In 1939 he was offered a regular gig on Chicago station WBBM which was broadcast nationally by CBS. The show made him a national star, and he signed with ARC just before CBS bought the company. After the purchase Atcher was transferred to Okeh Records and then to Columbia Records, both CBS subsidiaries. Between 1939 and 1942, he recorded many duets with Loretta Applegate, who went by the stage name Bonnie Blue Eyes. Atcher fought in the Army in World War II and returned to performing in 1946. In 1948 Atcher signed on with WLS and became a performer on their National Barn Dance. As one of their biggest stars, he continued to chart national hits. In 1950, he signed with Capitol Records, and later in the 1950s moved to Kapp Records. He continued with the Barn Dance well into the 1960s, and re-signed to Columbia that decade, re-recording many of his songs in stereo. Atcher, like Gene Autry, was a shrewd businessman, and bought several businesses and invested in banking with the proceeds from his career. He was also the mayor of Schaumburg, Illinois from 1959 to 1979. He died in 1993.
Tags: Atcher  Schaumburg 
Added: 18th January 2012
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Posted By: KrazyKasper
Nixon and Jack Benny Perform Together Tags: Jack  Benny  Richard  Nixon  Tricky  violin  piano  duet 
Added: 7th November 2013
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Posted By: pfc
Jack Benny - Gisele Mackenzie From the era when comedy was clean and creative, Jack Benny and Gisele MacKenzie play a memorable violin duet of Getting to Know You. (This clip was part of a CBS tribute program to Jack Benny shortly after he died.)
Tags: Jack  Benny  Gisele  MacKenzie  violin  duet 
Added: 22nd August 2016
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Posted By: Lava1964

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