Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day 10/15/2019

Eddie Hodges appeared in the Broadway cast of Music Man in 1957. His first appearance on film came when he co-starred with Frank Sinatra in the film A Hole In The Head in 1959 (Frank sang the award-winning song High Hopes in the film). At Christmas time that year, Eddie appeared on the Gary Moore show and sang a song with some small assistance from Carol Burnett.

Eddie appeared in a string of motion pictures and even played the title role in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He also appeared in a number of television shows and even starred in his own television movie, The Secret World Of Eddie Hodges.

The Isley Brothers released the single I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door in early 1959, but the record did not chart on either the R&B chart or the Hot 100. Later that year, 14-year-old Eddie covered the single with his own version and took the song up to #12. Eddie’s next two singles failed to reach the top forty.

Phil Everly wrote a song originally named Made To Love and it was included on the album A Date With The Everly Brothers in 1960 but never released as a single. Eddie’s version of the song was released as (Girls Girls Girls) Were Made To Love in 1962 and reached #14.

Several more recordings were made in the sixties, but nothing reached the Top Forty again.

Eddie was drafted during the Vietnam War but never left the US. After his return to civilian life, he had difficulty reentering the acting and singing fields and eventually returned to Mississippi. He went to college and became a mental health counselor.


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