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Posted: 02 Sep 08, 16:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Born in Atlanta, Reed learned to play guitar at age 8 when his mother bought him a $2 guitar and showed him how to play a G-chord.

He dropped out of high school to tour with Ernest Tubb and Faron Young.

At 17, he signed his first recording contract, with Capitol Records.

He moved to Nashville in the mid-1960s where he caught the eye of Chet Atkins.

He first established himself as a songwriter. Elvis Presley recorded two of his songs, "U.S. Male" and "Guitar Man" (both in 1968). He also wrote the hit "A Thing Called Love," which was recorded in 1972 by Johnny Cash. He also wrote songs for Brenda Lee, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Reed was voted instrumentalist of the year in 1970 by the Country Music Association.

He won a Grammy Award for "When You're Hot, You're Hot" in 1971. A year earlier, he shared a Grammy with Chet Atkins for their collaboration, "Me and Jerry." In 1992, Atkins and Reed won a Grammy for "Sneakin' Around."

Reed continued performing on the road into the late 1990s, doing about 80 shows a year.

"I'm proud of the songs, I'm proud of things that I did with Chet (Atkins), I'm proud that I played guitar and was accepted by musicians and guitar players," he told the AP in 1992.

"When people ask me what my motivation is, I have a simple answer: Money."



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Posted: 02 Sep 08, 18:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Keep on truckin', Jerry! RIP


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Posted: 03 Sep 08, 04:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

well at least this time we didnt have to ask who he was thanks to the bio but i'm still none the wiser WHO he was...


isnt innuendo an italian suppository?

im gonna ride the wild wind!

its_a_hard_life wrote:you nutcase you rule!

joxer replies: but in a nice way :-]

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Posted: 03 Sep 08, 10:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow. I am truly shocked, given that this site is visited by so many "guitar players". This is another one of those guys that could do things that BHM could not. He basically crafted his own style.

... and could still give us great laughs at the same time.
(See: "She got the goldmine, I got the shaft")
All these goofy country songs with the passe lyrics owe a lot to Jerry Reed... he was the king.

So if you haven't seen Smokey & The Bandit or listened to some old Jerry Reed country, do yourself a favor and see what you've missed out on.

Stay hard, Jerry.

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Posted: 03 Sep 08, 15:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jerry was a legand. Check out his song amos moses on youtube, fantastic ability and humor.

Nice(cheesey) smokey and the bandit clip here.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MnDJUkJMvEM


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Posted: 04 Sep 08, 13:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Noooo!!! Not the Snowman!

I was only watching Smokey & The Bandit III the other day where Jerry gets to be the Bandit. Everyone slates this film but I love it. Its the second one thats crap.

And a good geetar man too!

RIP Jerry, keep the pedal to the metal we've got your back door.


"Freddie would have loved it" - Brian May