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Jerry Reed

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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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Albums by
Jerry Reed

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    10 songs

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

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    Finger Dancing

    11 songs

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    Hit Row

    11 songs

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    Me & Chet

    12 songs

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    Flyin' High

    11 songs

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    Nashville Underground

    41 songs

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    The Essential Jerry Reed

    9 songs

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    Oh, What a Woman!

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    Christmas at the Mall

    23 songs

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    The Unbelievable Guitar & Voice of Jerry Reed: Nashville Underground

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    Let's Git It On

    16 songs

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    RCA Country Legends

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    Super Hits

    20 songs

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    The Essential Jerry Reed

    10 songs

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    Jerry Reed Live, Still!

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    Famous Hits by Jerry Reed

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    All Time Greatest Hits

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    When You're Hot You're Hot

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    Bessie Baby

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    I Am Stuck

    2 songs

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    Mister Whiz

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    Pickin'

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    East Bound & Down

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    Lookin' at You

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Top Songs by
Jerry Reed

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   East Bound and Down
  3.   Amos Moses
  4.   She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)
  5.   When You're Hot, You're Hot
  6.   Texas Bound and Flyin'
  7.   The Bird
  8.   Lord, Mr. Ford
  9.   Another Puff
  10.   You Took All the Ramblin' Out of Me
  11.   Nut Sundae
  12.   The Uptown Poker Club
  13.   Gator
  14.   Kiss an Angel Good Mornin' by Charley Pride
  15.   The Crude Oil Blues
  16.   Stump Water
  17.   Guitar Man
  18.   I'm Gonna Write a Song
  19.   The Preacher and the Bear
  20.   Love Being Your Fool
  21.   The Claw
  22.   Folsom Prison Blues
  23.   Stray Dogs and Stray Women
  24.   John Henry
  25.   Blue Moon of Kentucky
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Jerry Reed

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    Outlaw Country

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    Cruisin' Country

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    Classic Country

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    Archer: I Am The DJ

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    Little Deuce Coupe

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    Southern Rock

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    '70s Hits

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    Grand Theft Radio

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    '70s Deep Dive

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    The Country Vault


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