Eddie Hodges

eddie-hodgesFrom: Hattieburg, MS, USA

Samuel “Eddie” Hodges is an American former child actor and recording artist who left show business as an adult. Hodges was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in March 1947. His family traveled to New York City in 1952, beginning a long career in show business for Hodges in films, on stage and popular recordings.

Hodges made his professional acting debut on stage in Meredith Willson’s 1957 Broadway musical The Music Man, in which he originated the character of Winthrop Paroo and introduced the song “Gary, Indiana.” In 1959, he made his film debut in A Hole In The Head with Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson. He and Sinatra performed a song called “High Hopes” for the film. When Sinatra recorded the song for Capitol records, Hodges was not included as Decca Records would not release him to record a duet with Sinatra. Over his career, Hodges made eight feature films and numerous TV guest appearances. He is probably best remembered for the title role in Michael Curtiz’s 1960 film ‘The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn,’ which is considered one of the best of the many attempts to film Mark Twain’s classic. Television appearances included Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Cimarron Strip and the Dick Van Dyke Show. He was also a Mystery Guest on What’s My Line? Hodges also made an appearance on the game show Name That Tune in which he partnered with then Major John Glenn, Jr., the future astronaut and United States senator.

At the young age of 12, Hodges became Mississippi’s first Grammy Award winner for his contribution to the original Broadway cast soundtrack album of The Music Man. At the age of 14, Hodges recorded for Cadence Records. His biggest hit was 1961’s “Knock On Your Door.” He also had a minor hit with “(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love,” written by Phil Everly and originally recorded for The Everly Brothers. Hodges recorded for several other labels over his musical career. Before leaving Hollywood, he was a union musician, record producer, song writer and music publisher. He formed a partnership with Tandyn Almer, writing and publishing several songs. The two also owned a music publishing business. While Hodges still writes today, he is no longer involved in the music industry.

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