Two days after I posted Eddie Arnold singing Cattle Call — mainly because it was my father’s favorite song and brought back childhood memories — comes the news that Mr. Arnold has died, a few days short of his 90th birthday and a few days after what would have been my father’s 90th. My father would have first heard Cattle Call, recorded in late 1944, a few months after returning from his European tour of duty as a B-24 pilot. I imagine Arnold’s smooth voice — he was known as the Bing Crosby of country music — fell like rain on my Dad’s troubled, drought-ridden soul. As I’ve written before, it was no easy thing to be young and alive in 1944.
Long-time readers of this blog know that I abhor narcissistic blogging, but hearing Cattle Call again has made me nostalgic. Don’t worry, I’ll get over it. In the meantime, here is the URL for Eddie Arnold singing Tennessee Stud and Cattle Call.