Gordon Edwards Burns, a legendary Alabama TV personality nicknamed “Country Boy Eddie” who gave future superstars Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette a platform early in their careers, has died at the age of 92.
His family announced his death in a statement obtained by the WBRC on Friday, revealing that the star died “peacefully at his home.”
Singer Burns found success as the longtime host of The Country Boy Eddie Show with Country Boy Eddie, where he featured a host of artists including Emmy Lou Harris, Parton and Wynette.
Gordon Edwards Burns, a legendary Alabama TV personality nicknamed ‘Country Boy Eddie’ who gave Tammy Wynette a platform early in her career, has died at 92
He began hosting the show in 1957 before eventually stepping down to retire in 1993.
“This morning, Country Boy Eddy passed away peacefully at his home in Warrior,” his family said in their statement.
“He was a trailblazer for Alabama’s music and television scenes, and his contributions will live on.”
“The Burns family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the viewers, fans, musicians and everyone who made their life so special.
Burns found success as a longtime host of The Country Boy Eddie Show with Country Boy Eddie, where he featured a host of artists including Parton and Wynette.
Burns began hosting the show when he was 27.
“That show was the best part of my life,” he told the Times Daily in 2012. “I wish I could do it again.”
He let just about any musician play on his show and embraced those who had yet to find their big break.
Burns started hosting the show at the age of 27 and called the show the “best part” of his life.
“It helped my show,” he said. “I love people, and I love people who have been unlucky.”
Parton and Wynette, the future First Lady Of Country Music, were among the unknowns who appeared on her show.
In addition to musical performances, the program included comedy, interviews, funeral announcements, commercials and general talk, according to Al.com.
Future superstars: Burns gave country icons Tammy Wynette (L) and Dolly Parton (R) a platform at the start of their careers
Preachers, politicians and professional wrestlers were among those to appear on the show.
The program aired in the morning on WBRC and 100 other television stations across the South, according to Al.com.
Eventually, after 36 years on the air, Burns decided to retire.
“I always said one day I was going to take a year off,” he said. “It was hard for me to make up my mind to quit, but once I did, I was really convinced.”
In addition to his television hosting abilities, Burns sang, played bass, banjo, accordion, guitar, fiddle and jew’s harp, according to Al.com.