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Jerry Reed Obituary

Born: March 20, 1937 Died: September 1, 2008

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Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed

Country Music Association

Country music has suffered another great loss with the death of country music legend Jerry Reed. Jerry Reed Hubbard was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a family that split shortly after his birth. Over the next several years, he and his sister lived in foster homes until they were reunited with their mother and stepfather.

By the time Jerry entered high school, he was writing and singing music. He landed his first record deal at the age of 18. After spending two years in the military, Jerry moved to Nashville in order to pursue his dream in making music as a songwriter.

Shortly after moving to Music City, he became a well known studio musician as well as a touring guitarist. Everything started moving along pretty well for Jerry, but he really made waves when Chet Atkins produced his record If I Don't Live Up To It.

"Guitar Man" would end up being the song that would change Jerry's life forever. He had written and recorded it, but soon after Elvis Presley decided he wanted to record it as well.

After a few studio sessions with Elvis, Jerry decided to record a tribute type tune for Elvis called "Tupelo Mississippi Flash," which made some notches in the charts. "Amos Moses" soon followed and reached number eight on the U.S. Pop Charts as well as ranking high in the country charts. Jerry teamed up once again with Chet Atkins, but this was for an actual duet LP called Me & Chet.

1971 ended up bringing Jerry one of the most popular songs he ever recorded called "When You're Hot, You're Hot." This was a fun song that everyone fell in love with.

During the 1970's, Jerry also started dabbling around with the thought of acting. In 1972, he was featured in "The New Scooby-Doo Movies." In 1974, Jerry teamed up with Burt Reynolds in the film "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" and then in 1976 Jerry appeared in another Burt Reynolds' movie called "Gator." Finally, in 1977, Jerry appeared in the major motion picture with Burt Reynolds and Sally Field called "Smokey and the Bandit." This was a huge hit at the box office and shot Jerry into a whole new level of fame.

Since the 70's, Jerry continued to record and act. His last movie was "The Waterboy," which starred Adam Sandler. He got to play the role of a rude and crude head coach of the football team.

Throughout his musical career, Jerry Reed earned three total Grammy Awards and countless industry awards. Throughout the years, he remained true to his roots and his sense of humor.

Although it is a sad day for country music, Jerry's smile will continue to shine in the hearts of his family and friends, as well as the fans from all over the world.

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