Monday, December 28, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Jerry Reed
Album:The Essential Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed was a very versatile performer. He started out as a session guitar whiz and graduated to a successful recording career mostly on the country charts. Though he would occasionally cross over to the pop charts as he did with Amos Moses. And he had a significant acting career. He was born Jerry Reed Hubbard Mar. 20, 1937 in Atlanta. He learned the guitar as a child. Atlanta music publisher Bill Lowery signed him and Reed recorded some single before a two year stint in the military. He moved to Nashville in 1961 and Chet Atkins signed him to RCA Records in 1965. He had his first chart hit in 1967 with Guitar Man which was soon covered by Elvis Presley. He then played guitar on some Presley sessions. The 1970 hit Amos Moses was marginally his biggest crossover hit as it reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 1971 hit When You're Hot, You're Hot reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 but topped the country charts. Reed was known for his sense of humour but Atkins wanted him to showcase his guitar skills so in 1972 the recorded an album together called Me & Chet. Reed continued to have success on the country charts but by the mid-70s, Burt Reynolds cast him in the 1974 film WW & The Dixie Dancekings. Reed would appear in several Reynolds films including all three Smokey & The Bandit films. Reed's recording career faded in the 80s and he left RCA in 1983. This comp covers the RCA years. But he continued to appear in films, most recently the 1998 film The Waterboy. Jerry Reed died on Sept. 1, 2008 at age 71. Here's a clip of Jerry Reed performing Amos Moses on the Delta Queen 1973.