Gordon Edwards Burns, a legendary TV personality from Alabama nicknamed ‘Country Boy Eddie’ who gave future superstars Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette a platform early in their careers, has passed at age 92.
His family announced his death in a statement obtained by WBRC on Friday, revealing the star died ‘peacefully at his home’.
Singer Burns achieved success as the long-time host of The Country Boy Eddie Show with Country Boy Eddie, where he featured a slew of artists including Emmy Lou Harris, Parton and Wynette.
Gordon Edwards Burns, a legendary TV personality from Alabama nicknamed ‘Country Boy Eddie’ who gave Tammy Wynette a platform early in her career, has passed at age 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 both the Alabama music and television scenes, and his contributions will continue to live on.
‘The Burns family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the viewers, fans, musicians, and everyone else who made his life so special.
Burns achieved success as the long-time host of The Country Boy Eddie Show with Country Boy Eddie, where he featured a slew of artists including Parton and Wynette
Burns started hosting the show when he was 27-years-old.
‘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 to perform on his show and embraced those who hadn’t yet found their big break.
Burns started hosting the show when he was 27 years old, and referred to the program as the ‘best part’ of his life
‘That helped my show,’ he said. ‘I love people, and I love people who didn’t have a chance.’
Parton and Wynette, the future First Lady Of Country Music, were among the unknowns who appeared on his show.
In addition to musical performances, the program featured comedy, interviews, funeral announcements, advertisements, and general chit chat, according to Al.com.
Future superstars: Burns gave country icons Tammy Wynette (L) and Dolly Parton (R) a platform early in their careers
Preachers, politicians, and professional wrestlers were among those to appear on the show.
The program aired mornings on WBRC and on 100 other television stations throughout the South, according to Al.com.
Eventually, after 36 years on air, Burns decided to retire.
‘I’d always said that some day I was going to take a year’s vacation,’ he said. ‘It was hard for me to make up my mind to quit, but once I did I was really sold on it.’