Richard Edward Arnold (May 15, 1918–May 8, 2008), known professionally as Eddy Arnold, was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. He created the Nashville sound in the late 1950s, and had 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones. He sold more than 85 million records. Eddy Arnold transcended different musical tastes in country. He served as a role model for future musicians with both his music and his scrupulously traditional personal life. A member of the Grand Ole Opry (from 1943) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (since 1966), Arnold ranked 22nd on Country Music Television's 2003 list of "The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music."