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Intown Atlanta’s Own Jerry Reed Dies at Age 71

I love Jerry Reed. My Mom and Dad loved Jerry Reed. He was a funny dude, a gracious Southern gentleman and he could play the guitar just like ringin’ a bell. Watch this playing here with Mr. Chet Atkins…

He died a few days ago, probably because he smoked too many cigarettes & and ate too much fried catfish.

He went to Intown Atlanta’s O’Keefe High School – a Westside institution back in the mid-20th century. Georgia Tech’s campus took over the land, but he was one of us!

He was a movie star too – reports have called him a “good old boy” actor. I’m reporting that Jerry was one of the coolest guys on the planet. Here’s what the AP reported:

“…As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, Reed had a string of hits that included “Amos Moses,” “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” “East Bound and Down,” “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)” and “The Bird.”

In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as “Smokey and the Bandit” with Burt Reynolds, usually as a good ol’ boy. But he was an ornery heavy in “Gator,” directed by Reynolds, and a hateful coach in 1998′s “The Waterboy,” starring Adam Sandler.

Reynolds gave him a shiny black 1980 Trans Am like the one they used in “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Reed and Kris Kristofferson paved the way for Nashville music personalities to make inroads into films. Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers (TV movies) followed their lead.

“I went around the corner to motion pictures,” he said in a 1992 AP interview.

Reed had quadruple bypass surgery in June 1999.

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…”

RIP Jerry – you are one of the very, very best guitar players who ever lived. One more video, with Mr. Glen Campbell…


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