Christmas With Eddy Arnold (1962)
“Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You)” from Eddy Arnold Time, c. mid 1950s
Eddy Arnold, steel guitarist Roy Wiggins, and Chet Atkins
Chet is using his D’Angelico here, which was broken around 1953 — also, Wiggins practically stopped associating with Arnold by the mid 1950s, so this has to be no later than 1950 or 1951.
On that note, I’m entirely unsure what these guys were recording together here; I’m inclined to believe it also might have been a radio performance.
Eddy Arnold was one of the key figures of country music during the 1950s and 60s, and particularly relevant during the rise of the “Nashville Sound.”
The Nashville Sound revamped country with the addition of elements like horns, string sections, and drums — taking it from “hillbilly” to something seen as elegant and sophisticated. This is perfectly illustrated with the slow transformation of Arnold: he went from plaid shirts and cowboy boots to suits and ties in a matter of ten years.
To hear the drastic change that country underwent musically, compare two of Arnold’s songs: the simple and quiet “I Really Don’t Want to Know” (1954) and the more complex “Make the World Go Away,” recorded just nine years later.
“I Really Don’t Want to Know”
Eddy Arnold, 1961
I’m sorry if I hurt you
I’ll make it up day by day
Just say you love me like you used to
And make the world go away
Say the things you used to say.. and make the world go away ♡
“Roy Acuff: 50 Years The King Of Country Music” (1982) poster
Richard Edward Arnold (15 May 1918 – 8 May 2008)
Nashville legend, and Grand Ole Opry member, Eddy Arnold sings the Smokey The Bear song in 1952.
Seemed appropriate with the time of year. Please remember to be fire safe this year, and much respect to those tabbed with fighting the fires that do happen.
Cause remember, Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!
It’s a sin to say that I don’t miss you when people know I’m still in love with you