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Childhood Star Eddie Hodges Remains a Class Act

February 13, 2012

Before his 12th birthday, Eddie Hodges was part of 405 productions of The Music Man in New York between December 1957 and November 1958. He helped earn the play five Tony Awards, Broadway's highest honor.

"My mom also told me it won some other award ... something none of us had ever heard of," he says.

That unknown honor was a Grammy for Best Original Cast Album - the first year of the award's existence.

Hodges, 64, will watch tonight's 54th annual Grammy Awards ceremony on television from his Hattiesburg home with a claim to fame no one can ever duplicate - Mississippi's first Grammy winner. Read More

Eddie Hodges was in the Tony Award-winning production of The Music Man. The cast album also won a Grammy in 1958, making him the first Mississippi an to obtain thehonor. He later became a teen idol singer.