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Album Review

With the release of Jerry Reed's ninth RCA album, Smell the Flowers, his material was beginning to suffer and sound forced. For someone who had previously shown a talent for a variety of different, yet appropriate, material for his audience, it lacked Reed's personal touch. The only thread here is the overall good-natured "isn't it great to be alive!" theme that dominated the album with songs like "Don't Get Heavy," "Smell the Flowers," "Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By," and "Pave Your Way into Tomorrow." While no hit singles were generated from this 1972 album, it is interesting that the following year Mac Davis had the chart-topping "Stop and Smell the Roses," which sounded an awful lot like "Smell the Flowers."


Born: 20 March 1937 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Known throughout country music as "the Guitar Man," singer/songwriter Jerry Reed gained recognition not only for a successful solo career but also as an actor and ace session player. Jerry Reed Hubbard was born in Atlanta, GA, on March 20, 1937; after picking up the guitar as a child, he was signed by publisher and producer Bill Lowery to cut his first record, "If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creeks Don't Rise," at the age of 18. He continued releasing both country and rockabilly singles to little...
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