Gordon Burns, TV and radio star from Alabama nicknamed ‘Country Boy Eddie’, passes at age 92


Gordon Burns, legendary TV star from Alabama nicknamed ‘Country Boy Eddie’ who gave future superstar Dolly Parton a platform, passes at age 92

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, revealing the star died ‘peacefully at his home’.

A singer and musician, 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.

A singer and musician, 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

A singer and musician, 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, and referred to the program as the ‘best part’ of his life.

‘That show was the best part of my life,’ he told the Times Daily in 2012. ‘I wish I could do it again.’

Burns said he let any musician appear on his show.

‘That helped my show,’ he said. ‘I love people, and I love people who didn’t have a chance.’

Burns started hosting the show when he was 27 years old, and referred to the program as the 'best part' of his life

Burns started hosting the show when he was 27 years old, and referred to the program as the ‘best part’ of his life

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