The Info List - Jerry Reed

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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 " (the theme song for the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit , in which Reed co-starred), "The Bird ", and " She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) ".

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 Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
, the second child of Robert and Cynthia Hubbard. Reed’s grandparents lived in Rockmart , and he would visit them from time to time. He was quoted as saying as a small child while running around strumming his guitar, "I am gonna be a star. I’m gonna go to Nashville and be a star." Reed’s parents separated four months after his birth, and he and his sister spent seven years in foster homes or orphanages . Reed was reunited with his mother and stepfather in 1944.

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 Capitol Records
Capitol Records
, he recorded both country and rockabilly singles to little notice until label mate Gene Vincent covered his "Crazy Legs" in 1958. By 1958, Lowery signed Reed to his National Recording Corporation , and he recorded for NRC as both artist and as a member of the staff band, which included other NRC artists Joe South
Joe South
and Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens

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
United States Army
, Reed moved to Nashville in 1961 to continue his songwriting career, which had continued to gather steam while he was in the Army, 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 two singles " Goodnight Irene " (as by Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed
& the Hully Girlies, featuring a female vocal group) and "Hully Gully Guitar", which found their way to Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
at RCA Victor
RCA Victor
, who produced Reed’s 1965 "If I Don't Live Up to It".


In July 1967, Reed had his best showing on the country charts (#53) with his self-penned "Guitar Man ", which Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
soon covered. Reed's next single was "Tupelo Mississippi Flash", a comic tribute to Presley. Recorded on September 1, the song became his first Top 20 hit, going to No. 15 on the chart. In a remarkable twist of fate, Elvis
came to Nashville to record nine days later on September 10, 1967, and one of the songs he became especially excited about was "Guitar Man".

Reed recalled how he was tracked down to play on the Elvis
session: "I was out on the Cumberland River fishing, and I got a call from Felton Jarvis . He said, ‘ Elvis
is down here. We’ve been trying to cut "Guitar Man" all day long. He wants it to sound like it sounded on your album.' I finally told him, 'Well, if you want it to sound like that, you’re going have to get me in there to play guitar, because these guys are straight pickers . I pick with my fingers and tune that guitar up all weird kind of ways.'"

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 Elvis
Presley’s "Big Boss Man" (1967), recorded in the same session.

On January 15 and 16, 1968, Reed worked on a second Presley session, during which he played guitar on a cover of Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry
's "Too Much Monkey Business ", "Stay Away", and "Goin' Home" (two songs revolving around Elvis's film Stay Away, Joe
Stay Away, Joe
), as well as another Reed composition, "U.S. Male" (Reed’s quoted recollection of "U.S. Male" being recorded at the same session as "Guitar Man" being incorrect).

also recorded two other Reed compositions: "A Thing Called Love" in May 1971 for his He Touched Me album, and " Talk
About The Good Times" in December 1973, for a total of four.

Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
would also release "A Thing Called Love" as a single in 1971, which would reach No. 2 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart for North America. It was also successful in Europe. It would become the title track for a studio album that he released the following spring.


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 Hanna–Barbera ’s The New Scooby-Doo Movies
The New Scooby-Doo Movies
, "The Phantom of the Country Music Hall" (prod. No. 61-10). He sang and played the song "Pretty Mary Sunlight". The song is played throughout the episode as Scooby and the gang search for Reed’s missing guitar.

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 friend Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
in the film W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
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 No. 2 hit with the soundtrack's "East Bound and Down".

In 1977, Reed joined entrepreneur Larry Schmittou and other country music stars, such as Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty
, Cal Smith
Cal Smith
, Larry Gatlin
Larry Gatlin
, and Richard Sterban
Richard Sterban
, as investors in the Nashville Sounds
Nashville Sounds
, a minor league baseball team of the Double-A Southern League that began play in 1978.

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 Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed
Show in 1976.

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 Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
, on September 1, 2008, of complications from emphysema at the age of 71. The Associated Press wire service and CNN
, however, reported the date of his death as August 31. One week later, during their debut at the Grand Ole Opry, Canadian Country Rockers The Road Hammers performed "East Bound and Down" as a tribute. In a tribute in Vintage Guitar Magazine, Rich Kienzle wrote that “Reed set a standard that inspires fingerstyle players the way Merle and Chet inspired him.” He was survived by wife Priscilla Mitchell and two daughters. Mitchell died on September 24, 2014 at the age of 73 following a short illness.



* 1970 CMA Instrumentalist of the Year * 1971 CMA Instrumentalist of the Year


* 1971 Best Country Instrumental Performance - with Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
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The Tennessean
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Presley: A Life in Music (St. Martin's Press, 1998), pp. 234–236 * ^ Jorgensen, pp. 241–242 * ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 285 & 301. ISBN 0-214-20512-6 . * ^ Woody, Larry (1996), Schmittou: A Grand Slam in Baseball, Business, And Life, Nashville: Eggmann Publishing Company, pp. 64–65, ISBN 1886371334 * ^ Cartwright, Garth (September 3, 2008). "Jerry Reed" – via The Guardian. * ^ "The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life\'s Questions". Answers. Retrieved 2015-08-25. * ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/arts/music/03reed.html * ^ Oermann, Robert K. (September 29, 2014). "LifeNotes: Singer Priscilla Mitchell Passes". MusicRow . Retrieved December 12, 2014. * ^ Archived December 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ "\'Bandit\' star Reed dies at 71". CNN
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* Goldsmith, Thomas. (1998). "Jerry Reed." In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Ed. New York: Oxford Press. pp. 433–4.


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