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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: RCA Country Legends: Jerry Reed

1. Are You From Dixie (Cause I'm From Dixie Too)

2. The Claw

3. Tupelo Mississippi Flash

4. Talk About The Good Times

5. The Likes Of Me

6. Amos Moses

7. U.S. Male

8. Lord, Mr. Ford

9. Navy Blues

10. She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)

11. Guitar Man

12. When You're Hot, You're Hot

13. Remembering

14. Alabama Wild Man

15. Nervous Breakdown

16. East Bound And Down

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Track List: Hot A' Mighty / Lord Mr. Ford

1. Goodnight, Irene

3. Sweet Memories

4. You Took All The Ramblin' Out Of Me

5. Back Home In Georgia

6. I'm Not Playing Games

7. Nashville Woman

8. Sixteen Tons

9. Caribbean

10. I Just Don't Understand

11. Lord, Mr. Ford

12. Folsom Prison Blues

13. Rainbow Ride

14. Two-Timin'

15. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolled Around Heaven All Day)

16. You Can't Keep Me Here In Tennessee

17. The Lady Is A Woman

18. Pickie, Pickie, Pickie

19. One Sweet Reason

20. I'm Gonna Write A Song

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Track List: Oh What A Woman!

1. Georgia Sunshine

2. Good Friends & Neighbors

4. That's All Part Of Losing

5. Eight More Miles To Louisville

6. Amos Moses

7. Dream Sweet Dreams About Me

8. The Preacher & The Bear

9. Ugly Woman

10. Talk About The Good Times

11. Oh What A Woman!

12. Roving Gambler

13. Woman Shy

14. Wayfaring Stranger

15. Take A Walk

16. Guitar Man

17. Sittin' On Top Of The World

18. I Feel For You

19. Today Is Mine

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Track List: Here I Am

1. Oh! Lonely Heart

2. In My Own Backyard

3. I've Had Enough

4. Teardrop Street

5. Heart Appeal

6. Bessie Baby

7. Too Busy Cryin' The Blues

8. I'm Stuck

9. Mister Whiz

10. Rockin' In Bagdad

11. When I Found You

13. It's High Time

14. You Make It, They Take It

15. Your Money Makes You Purty

16. Too Young To Be Blue

17. You're Braggin', Boy

18. Just A Romeo

20. Here I Am

21. I'm Tired Of Playing Cupid

22. I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter

23. How Can I Go On This Way

24. Everywhere

25. Forever

26. This Great Big Empty Room

27. I Can't Find The Words

28. How Can I Go On This Way

29. Ba-Bee

30. So In Love

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Track List: Super Hits

1. East Bound And Down

2. The Bird (With Excerpts From: 'Whisky River'/'He Stopped Loving Her Today'/'On The Road Again')

3. She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)

4. Amos Moses

5. Lord, Mr. Ford

6. When You're Hot, You're Hot

7. Down On The Corner

8. Remembering

9. Sugar Foot Rag

10. I Love You,What Can I Say

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Track List: Jerry Reed: The NRC Years, 1958-1960

1. Soldier's Joy

2. Little Lovin' Liza

3. Have Blues, Will Travel

4. This Can't Be Happening To Me

5. Just Right

6. Stone Eternal

7. I Fell Out Of Love With Love

8. It Could Be

9. I Must Be Slippin'

10. It Won't Be Easy To Forget

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Jack L Hill lovehim
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I like his one song The Legend from smokey and the bandit
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Jerry Reed = good times good music...
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Smoky and the bandit every time I hear this song I think of smoky and the bandit movie.
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Is there any way to leave 2 thumbs up for Jerry?
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Thanks Jerry reed aka snowman I am a truck driver from tugboat
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Thank you Mr. Guitar Man. Thank you Mr. Hubbard..... . . . . . SON!!!!!!
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Was a great dedicated talent.
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He is one of the first country artists I ever listened to.
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max.e.thieme
Classic country with a humorous twist. The kind of music that never fails to put a smile on your face.
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He's amazing!Love his bird song!����
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Love this guy and his music!!
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I'm 10 and I know about the Smokey and the bandit movies 2 my mom and dad have them ������������
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NOW IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY I'LL KISS YOUR A**'SS....R. I . P

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We love him he is missed
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Smokey The Banditt 4. 2030
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Got my children jamming to this now
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Old country with a lot of humor, very good!
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These were all Awesome Musicians and Artist!
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Great man
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joecourchesn e 0 6 2 0
Yes very missed, grew up as a kid listening to him
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Great Dude movies and music
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He is missed
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Jerry Reed was the real deal, son. Lol
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Smokey The Bandit 4 Coming Soon in 2018
Yeeeeee Haw'rawa .
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Yeeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e Haw'rawa
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All
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OK.jerry reed❤✌
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Kool
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Remix Song Hear Amen.
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Yeeeeeeeee Haw ✔
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Jerry reed is the bomb
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I ❤U Jerry Reed ��
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Yeeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e e e e e e e Haw'a ❤��❤�������� y e e e e e e e e e e e e Haw'a All
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Yeeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e Haw'a All
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Good Song
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I'd Me Smokey The Bandit got ears on .
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The Smokey The Bandit Part 4 Coming very Soon in 2044 Here Haw
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Same and I herd his music on the radio and I emedeatly fell in love with it
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I'm only 13 and I still know who he is because my mom showed me Smokey and the bandit movies and I loved them
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Snowman and big Fred
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Smokey The Bear
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I grew up on these songs and still love them to this day
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East bound. And down is the best song in the world. Rest in piece Jerry Reed
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its up to all of us who love the old greats to keep the flame burning.
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It's sad we have lost so many of the old greats. Music like this started so much for others. Now music today is not even close to being a great like the original people who paved the road for them.
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Jerry Reed was and always a good singer and actor R.i.p
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