Elvis Unlimited attended the memorial service for Eddy Arnold yesterday at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Among the pallbearers were Charlie Chase, Ralph Emery, Andy Griffith, and Mike Curb of Curb Records, and Joe Galante of Sony BMG.
In attendance was Former Governor Winfield Dunn, fellow musicians Vince Gill, Bill Anderson, Harold Bradley, Jim Fogelsong, Jeanine and Bill Walker, Steve Wariner, and the Jordanaires. Vince Gill sang Arnold's hit song, You Don't Know Me.
Eddy's grandson gave a touching eulogy on behalf of the family. .Long time Elvis back up singers The Jordanaires sang Precious Lord Take My Hand, and Peace In The Valley. Vince Gill sang Go Rest High Up On The Mountain. The service ended with a recording of Arnold singing Make The World Go Away.
In March, Eddy lost his wife Sally. He cried often over losing her. He recently had been hospitalized for hip replacement. Today would have been Eddy's 90th birthday.
Eddy will be remembered as a country music icon and a true Southern gentlemen. Among his greatest hits were Make the World Go Away as well as It's a Sin, You Don't know Me, I'll Hold You in My Heart, Just Call Me Lonesome, all of which Elvis recorded.
Posted: 17th. May 2008