JERRY REED HUBBARD (March 20, 1937 – September 1, 2008), known
professionally as JERRY REED, was an American country music singer,
guitarist, and songwriter, as well as an actor who appeared in more
than a dozen films. His signature songs included "Guitar Man ", "U.S.
Male ", "
A Thing Called Love ", "
Alabama Wild Man ", "
Amos Moses ",
"When You\'re Hot, You\'re Hot " (which garnered a Grammy Award for
Best Male Country Vocal Performance ), "
Ko-Ko Joe ", "Lord, Mr. Ford
East Bound and Down
Reed was announced as an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame on April 5, 2017.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 "Guitar Man" * 2.2 1970s * 2.3 1980s and 1990s * 2.4 2000s
* 3 Personal life and death * 4 Accolades * 5 Discography * 6 Filmography * 7 References * 8 Further reading * 9 External links
Reed was born in
By high school, Reed was already writing and singing music, having
picked up the guitar as a child. At age 18, he was signed by publisher
and record producer Bill Lowery to cut his first record, "If the Good
Lord’s Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise". At
Reed married Priscilla "Prissy" Mitchell in 1959. They had two daughters, Charlotte Elaine "Lottie" Hubbard Zavala, and Seidina Ann Hubbard, born April 2, 1960. Priscilla Mitchell was a member of folk group the Appalachians ("Bony Moronie", 1963), and was co-credited with Roy Drusky on the 1965 Country No. 1 " Yes Mr. Peters ".
In 1959, Reed hit the Billboard "Bubbling Under the Top 100", also
known as Roar and Cashbox Country chart with the single "Soldier's
Joy". After serving two years in the
United States Army
In July 1967, Reed had his best showing on the country charts (#53)
with his self-penned "Guitar Man ", which
Reed recalled how he was tracked down to play on the
Jarvis hired Reed to play on the session. "I hit that intro, and
face lit up and here we went. Then after he got through that, he cut
'U.S. Male' at the same session. I was toppin' cotton, son." Reed also
played the guitar for
On January 15 and 16, 1968, Reed worked on a second Presley session,
during which he played guitar on a cover of
After releasing the 1970 crossover hit " Amos Moses ", a hybrid of rock, country, funk, and Cajun styles, which reached No. 8 on the U.S. pop charts, Reed teamed with Atkins for the duet LP Me & Jerry . During the 1970 television season, he was a regular on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour , and in 1971, he issued his biggest hit, the chart-topper "When You\'re Hot, You\'re Hot ", which is a story song, with the majority of the lyrics being talked out rather than sung. The song concerns the singer’s near success shooting dice, a police raid, and a judge who is supposedly a fishing buddy of the singer, but who nevertheless sends him down for gambling.
"When You're Hot, You're Hot" was the title track of Reed's first solo album, reaching No. 9 Pop and No. 6 on Billboard’s Easy Listening charts. The singles from the album, "Amos Moses" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot" sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs by the R.I.A.A. The album also features songs such as Reed's version of "Ruby, Don\'t Take Your Love to Town " and John D. Loudermilk ’s free-wheeling song "Big Daddy (Alabami Bound)".
A second collaboration with Atkins, Me Reed, according to Atkins, helped him work out the fingerpicking for one of Atkins's biggest hits, "Yakety Axe ". Reed, one of only five people to have the title of Certified Guitar Player (an award bestowed only to those who have completely mastered guitar), was given this title by Chet Atkins.
Reed was featured in animated form in a December 9, 1972, episode of
The New Scooby-Doo Movies
In the mid-1970s, Reed’s recording career began to take a back seat
to his acting aspirations. In 1974, he co-starred with his close
In 1977, Reed joined entrepreneur
Larry Schmittou and other country
music stars, such as
He made two guest appearances on the sitcom Alice , in 1978 and 1981.
Reed also took a stab at hosting a TV variety show, filming two
episodes of The
Scottish rockers The Sensational Alex Harvey Band released a version of "Amos Moses" in 1976.
In 1979, he released a record comprising both vocal and instrumental selections titled, appropriately enough, "Half together they have two daughters, who are also country singers.
Reed died in
COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION
* 1970 CMA Instrumentalist of the Year * 1971 CMA Instrumentalist of the Year
* 1971 Best Country Instrumental Performance - with
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