Guitar Man Jerry Reed 1937-2008


When you’re hot, you’re

By Fred Mills


Good ol’ boy Jerry Reed died Monday of complications from
emphysema. The hitmaking country singer and good-humored actor (a native of Atlanta) was 71.


While a lot of people associated Reed with his redneck
cinematic image – in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s  he famously starred in all three Smokey and the Bandit  films with Burt Reynolds – among music
aficionados he was known as a gifted guitarist and tunesmith, initially scoring
big in 1967 with the hit “Guitar Man” (later covered by Elvis) and going on to
an impressive chart run with songs such as “Amos Moses,” “When You’re Hot You’re
Hot,” and “Lord Mr. Ford.” Years later he enjoyed a second hitmaking life with witty
numbers “The Bird” and “She Got the Goldmine (I Got The Shaft).”


Reed also collaborated with his friend Chet Atkins, was a
regular on the Glen Campbell Goodtime
, briefly hosted his own variety show and continued to work in film and


Fun fact: in 1972 he was turned into a ‘toon and he played
himself in an episode of The New
Scooby-Doo Movies
, “The Phantom of the Country Music Hall.”
Now THAT’s entertainment.


Rest in peace, sir.



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