Gordon Edwards Burns, a legendary television personality from Alabama nicknamed “Country Boy Eddie” who gave future superstars Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette a platform early in their careers, at the age of 92.
His family announced his death in a statement they obtained WBRC On Friday, it was revealed that the star had passed away “peacefully at his home.”
Singer Burns found success as the longtime host of The Country Boy Eddie Show with Country Boy Eddie, featuring a slew of artists including Emmy Lou Harris, Parton, and Wynette.
Gordon Edwards Burns, the legendary Alabama TV personality nicknamed “Country Boy Eddie” who gave Tammy Wynette a platform early in her career, has passed the age of 92.
He began hosting the show in 1957 before finally stepping down to retire in 1993.
“This morning, Country Boy Eddie passed away peacefully at his home in Warrior,” his family said in their statement.
He was a pioneer for both the Alabama music and television scenes, and his contributions will live on.
The Burns family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the viewers, fans, musicians, and everyone else who made their lives so special.
Burns achieved success as the longtime host of The Country Boy Eddie Show with Country Boy Eddie, introducing a slew of artists including Parton and Wynette
Burns started hosting the show when he was 27 years old.
He said, “This show was the best part of my life.” several times daily in 2012. “I wish I could do it again.”
He has allowed almost any musician to perform on his show and has embraced those who haven’t found their big break yet.
Burns began hosting the show when he was 27 years old, and has referred to the show as the “best part” of his life.
“It helped my show,” he said. “I love people, and I love people who haven’t had the chance.”
Parton and Wynette, a future first lady of country music, were among the unknowns who appeared on his show.
In addition to musical performances, the program included comedy, interviews, funeral announcements, announcements and general chat, according to Al.com.
Future stars: Burns gave country icons Tammy Wynette (left) and Dolly Parton (right) a platform early in their careers
Advocates, politicians, and professional wrestlers were among those who appeared on the show.
The program was broadcast in the morning on WBRC and on 100 other television stations across the South, according to Al.com.
Ultimately, after 36 years on the air, Burns decided to retire.
“I always said that one day I would take a year off,” he said. “It was hard for me to make the decision to quit, but once I did, I was really sold.”
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