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Jerry Reed

Known throughout country music as "the Guitar Man," singer/songwriter Jerry Reed gained recognition not only for a successful solo career but also as an actor and ace session player. Jerry Reed Hubbard was born in Atlanta, GA, on March 20, 1937; after picking up the guitar as a child, he was signed by publisher and producer Bill Lowery to cut his first record, "If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creeks Don't Rise," at the age of 18. He continued releasing both country and rockabilly singles to little notice until rocker Gene Vincent covered his "Crazy Legs" in 1958.

After a two-year tenure in the military, Reed moved to Nashville in 1961 to continue his songwriting career, which had continued to gather steam even as he was in the armed forces, thanks to Brenda Lee's 1960 cover of his "That's All You Got to Do." He also became a popular session and tour guitarist. In 1962, he scored some success with the singles "Goodnight Irene" and "Hully Gully Guitar," which found their way to Chet Atkins, who produced Reed's 1965 "If I Don't Live Up to It." In 1967, he notched his first chart hit with "Guitar Man," which Elvis Presley soon covered. After Presley recorded another of Reed's songs, "U.S. Male," the songwriter recorded an Elvis tribute, "Tupelo Mississippi Flash," which proved to be his first Top 20 hit.

After releasing the 1970 crossover hit "Amos Moses," a hybrid of rock, country, and Cajun styles, Reed teamed with Atkins for the duet LP Me and Jerry. During the 1970 television season, he was a regular on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and in 1971 issued his biggest hit, the chart-topper "When You're Hot, You're Hot," which was also the title track of that year's album. A second collaboration with Atkins, Me and Chet, followed in 1972, as did a series of Top 40 singles, which alternated between frenetic, straightforward country offerings and more pop-flavored countrypolitan material. A year later, he scored his second number one, "Lord, Mr. Ford," from the album The Uptown Poker Club.

In the mid-'70s, Reed's recording career began to take a back seat to his acting aspirations, and in 1974, he co-starred with his close friend Burt Reynolds in the film W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings. While he continued to record throughout the decade, his greatest visibility was as a motion picture star, almost always in tandem with headliner Reynolds; after 1976's Gator, Reed appeared in 1978's High Ballin' and 1979's Hot Stuff. He also co-starred in all three of the Smokey and the Bandit films; the first, which premiered in 1977, landed Reed a number two hit with the soundtrack's "East Bound and Down."

In 1979 he released a record comprised of both vocal and instrumental selections titled, appropriately enough, Half & Half. It was followed two years later by Jerry Reed Sings Jim Croce, a tribute to the late singer/songwriter. In 1982 Reed's career as a singles artist was revitalized by the chart-topping novelty hit "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)," followed by "The Bird," which peaked at number two. His last chart hit, "I'm a Slave," appeared in 1983. After an unsuccessful 1986 LP, Lookin' at You, Reed focused on touring until 1992, when he and Atkins reunited for the album Sneakin' Around before he again returned to the road. He recorded sparingly during the '90s, earning a higher profile via a film appearance in the Adam Sandler vehicle The Waterboy. Inactive during much of the 2000s, he died in 2008 due to emphysema. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Immensely talented. We miss you, Jerry.
One of the best. His songs generally bring a smile because of the story he is telling, like Tom T. Hall.
LORD MR.FORD WHAT HAVE U DONE???!!!
Tony

TAKES Back to the seventies


hegone69
My favorite truck driver lol
I love you
timbo.nelson
As others have said, few people know what kind of a guitar virtuoso Jerry really was. I've studied his work for decades now. He could play anything. Rock, jazz, country, Bluegrass, you name it. He was one of the greatest entertainers , ever.
Great song!!!!!!
I grew u listening to jerry,and grew up watching all 3. Smokey and the bandit movies,thank s jerry u will be missed but your music will not,it will always keep me trucking
jimmyde31
TRUE TRUE SO TRUE!!! Thank you Ca.
True american right there
Great movie playing smokey and the bandit and songwriter
Watching Smokey & the Bandit right now
East bound and down!
LOVE HIM!!!!
east bound and down loaded up and truckin we gona do what they say can't be done yee haaa!
this be a damn good datin site,,,,leas t we'd know we like the same stuf
dodea48
I like story telling songs and funny songs. He was a real good bad guy in that Burt Reynolds movie -- a guy who could pimp out a 15 yr old girl with a smilel on his face
love it
Good song
SON!
Good stuff
Good song
Great song
wished the radeio stations would play more of all singers from those days
Many folks don't know who tremendous a guitar player he was. Mean banjo picker too. He could do it all and his music just makes this ol' Florida boy feel good.
Snowman is da bomb. Luv the Smokey and the Bandit movies
jamesmoses46
da snowman!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Love Smokey and the Bandit. I also like west bound and east bound and down. This movie is awesome!!!
they all ways get the gold mind, hilarious, you got to pay to play, better to find a ligit street walker the 're more onest and cheaper than all the rest, as many find out like jerry reed, I think he wrote this song after one of his flings left him for another dog. as they always do
tcaustin9
one of the best fo sure
He went to glory ridding 18 wheels Rip jerry u will be missed .
joesheets901
My boy, my boy!
Bring back memories hereing all the great old ones my dad listen too
good ol smokey and the bandit
I want that bird as a pet
Love this song.
sdolinger65
Uuuhy
Hah, ha!
I say SON that Boy was a good one !!!!!
Very talented man grew up on jerry movies music comedy man could do it all love the snowman
From hilarious songs, to serious songs. Jerry created songs about life, from laid back to times that were rough and tough. Many folks can relate to the songs, and the artist whom was inspirationa l . Jerry Reed will always be remembered. V""V
Alabama wild man is one of my favorite songs!
I love this song one of the best!!!!
its a shame he's dead he was a hell of a good singer and funny to boot
Really greaty music and has extra message imbedded. He sings extra good too.
fairclothray m o n d 7
My Dad passed me July 15th and three songs by Jerry were used,A Thing Called Love,KoKoJoe , a n d Today Is Mine,it was perfect to go with the pictures,eve n the man who did the CD Joe from Winchester Virginias OMPS Funeral Home for us was impressed and said how I really did a good job with the music and pics,that it was perfect,Jerr y s helped me thru many a nights and helped me maintain being a man,truthful to myself,may he be at our Fathers House in Heaven,Amen.
fairclothray m o n d 7
KoKoJoe Gota luv that Man,I hope I get to party with him in Heaven,cause with Jerry around we wont need no drink!
I got some serious truck'in done singing along with ol Jerry and I still can....sing. . . . t r u n k ' i n s over. White line fever.
Love Jerry! Never get tired of his songs and he was such a great guitar player. He will live on through his music to inspire future generations.
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