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Jerry Reed

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Jerry Reed Hubbard (1937-2008), known professionally as Jerry Reed, was an American country music singer, country guitarist, session musician, songwriter, and actor who appeared in over a dozen films

Reed was born on the 20th March 1937 in Atlanta, Georgia, the second child of Robert and Cynthia Hubbard. 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 (O’Keefe High School, Atlanta, Georgia) Reed was already writing and singing music, having picked up the guitar as a child. At the age of eighteen he was signed by publisher and record producer Bill Lowery to make his first record, “If the Good Lord’s Willing and the Creeks Don’t Rise”. At Capitol Records, he recorded both country and rockabilly singles with little success, 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 and Ray Stevens.

Reed married Priscilla Mitchell in 1959. They have two daughters, Charlotte Elaine Reed Stewart, and Seidina Ann Reed Hinesley.

After a two-year stint in the military, Reed moved to Nashville in 1961 to continue his songwriting career, which had continued to gather steam while he was in the armed forces, thanks to Brenda Lee’s 1960 cover of his “That’s All You Got to Do”.

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  • weastcoast

    Smokey! :)

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mikeonet

    Bandit!

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    His early work is almost baroque. Like something outta Mickey Newbury

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Ajunta

    Amazing voice. Never really liked Country before, until the wonderful songs of mister Jerry Reed. Rest in peace Snowman.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dememe

    His Cookin' album always cheers me up and of course....One of the best in classical country :) [4]

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Lisa_Westfall

    One of the best in classical country :) [3]

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • HoboChris1

    Legend

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • YurecOgurec

    One of the best in classical country :) [2]

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ClassicRock290

    What a great guitarist.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • CodexManesse

    I wish I had paid attention to Jerry Reed's stuff earlier. Great music.

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ledheadtaylor

    He's so awesome...

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • KangarooBoxer

    Jerry Reed is so awesome :-) east bound was my introduction to him, what an amazing and underrated player.

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • KNUCKLEBUBBA

    Jerry Reed is one of the greatest,and most under rated guitarist of all time.The Claw is amazing,and he plays it with out effort.This is coming from a fan of Heavy Metal.

    4 Mar 2011 Reply
  • shibibbadu

    jerry's breakdown ^^

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Volvo760GLE

    willhobson: iAm os Moses is the most popular song due to GTA San Andreas. Personally i prefer East bound and down.

    16 Nov 2010 Reply
  • willhobson

    How many of ya'll remember "Amos Moses" and those who do, do a shot RIGHT NOW!!! Now do another and say thank you Jerry. DO IT NOW!!!

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Scentlesss

    the underrated master

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • chickenman702

    East bound and down, loaded up and truckin', we're gonna do what they say can't be done. We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. I'm east bound, just watch ol' "Bandit" run!!!!!

    3 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Celebrian_A

    The "Snow Man"!!!

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Danielcarmoo

    @Kawww I think you mean Johnny Cash, right??? Oo

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
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