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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
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Amos Moses....is funk...beyon d funk...love that s**t
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Jerry Reed...play that funkymusic white boy...
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You guys have to take down the flag, it hurts my feelings...w a s b/c ya know. I or ANYONE in my family and EVERYONE I know has NEVER EVER been a slave!
So therefore ya need to take it down. Pfff
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Great Song!!!!
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I really do love to sing this song from time to time whenever I'm heading east or west just changing the words slightly whenever I'm on my trip to work. It's really a good pick me up song.
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Great Lyics and great Guitar Playing with that great attitude of Jerry Reed.
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This guy was one badass guitar player!
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For Amos Moses The lyric is Thibodaux Louisiana, not tippitoe.
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East bound and down was put out when l first started driving man what fun every time we played this song cost me a few cars I would love to have. Now. The money l wasted
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Jerry Reed what an amazing and awesome singer and songwriter
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leathawentze l
This brings back GREAT memories! !��
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im eastbound just watch bandit run I love all of jerry reeds songs
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I may be a pilot, but since my Dad was an independent trucker going back to 1961, I have enormous respect for long haul truckers. Owner/operat o r s are hopefully making a comeback! Goodness, I miss seeing cabovers. Flying freight, we pilots would be unemployed without you guys hauling those long hours and lack of sleep. We can pick up WRVA, in the air at night and I miss " Big John Trimble "!! You guys out there stay safe and know that we appreciate all your help!
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Best song ever it is on smokey and the bandit I love it he has the best tracks of alltime
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alabastervil l i s 0
jerry reed deserves a bigger place in country music history, he is one of the best
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We Gone do what they say can't be dune
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thorenwoodwo r k s
Damn near 50 years of good music! Love it all. East bound and Down one of the best!
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Got a minute ? There's a church that was built and they need monetary donations to help cover expenses , the church is Saint Patrick church - 1046 E. 34 th street Los Angeles California 90011 - (323) 232- 8756 ( 323) 234- 5963 - Pastor Rev. Timothy Dyer - Jesus is God :)
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gotta keep that diesel trucking I've got diesel in my blood being a former trucker and miss the road something awful I even love the smell of diesel and the feel of the power that rumbles under ya
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Good man I miss him
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I wish I could meet him HE IS AWESOME. Love the Smokey and the Bandit movies
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My husband all time favorite song.
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Love smokey and the bandit
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Love Amos Moses
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Immensely talented. We miss you, Jerry.
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One of the best. His songs generally bring a smile because of the story he is telling, like Tom T. Hall.
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LORD MR.FORD WHAT HAVE U DONE???!!!
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Tony

TAKES Back to the seventies


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hegone69
My favorite truck driver lol
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I love you
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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.
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Great song!!!!!!
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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
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jimmyde31
TRUE TRUE SO TRUE!!! Thank you Ca.
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True american right there
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Great movie playing smokey and the bandit and songwriter
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Watching Smokey & the Bandit right now
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East bound and down!
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LOVE HIM!!!!
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east bound and down loaded up and truckin we gona do what they say can't be done yee haaa!
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this be a damn good datin site,,,,leas t we'd know we like the same stuf
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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
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love it
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Good song
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SON!
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Good stuff
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Good song
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Great song
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wished the radeio stations would play more of all singers from those days
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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.
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