(FROM AP) – Country singer Eddy Arnold, the man behind the No. 1 1965 hit ”Make the World Go Away,” died on Thursday morning (May 8) at a care facility in Nashville. He was just short of his 90th birthday. Arnold was one of the pioneers of the ”Nashville Sound,” a mixture of country, folk, and pop. His first No. 1 hit was 1947’s ”What Is Life Without Love,” and he followed that up the next year with the No. 1 hit ”Bouquet of Roses,” which was the biggest country hit of all of 1948. His other well-known songs include, ”Cattle Call, ”The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me,” ”Anytime,” ”Bouquet of Roses,” ”What’s He Doing in My World?” ”I Want to Go With You,” ”Somebody Like Me,” ”Lonely Again,” and ”Turn the World Around.” His recent work includes the albums Looking Back, from 2002, and After All These Years, from 2005.

Arnold lived in Brentwood, a suburb of Nashville. Survivors include son, Richard Edward Arnold Jr., and daughter, Jo Ann Pollard, both of Brentwood. Arnold’s wife of 66 years, Sally, died in March. (AP via Yahoo!)