Arnold reached the Billboard country music charts 147 times during a career that spanned from the 1940s through to the year of his death: 2008, a success story second only to that of George Jones. Arnold was born on May 15th, 1918. He grew up on a farm outside of Henderson, Tennessee, quitting school before graduation so that he could work the soil. And sing. He got his first paying gig at the age of sixteen, and never looked back. His roots were in country music, but his crossover appeal reached many audiences, notably with his cover of Tex Owens' 1934 hit "The Cattle Call." It's become a familiar tune in the genre, recorded by a number of artists, including Tex Ritter, Slim Whitman, LeAnn Rhimes and most recently Dwight Yoakam. Arnold's became the iconic version, and it led him to great things.