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About Jerry Reed
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jerry Reed was 18 when he cut his first record, “If the Good Lord’s Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise,” which Johnny Cash covered in 1957.
∙ In 1967, Reed made the Country charts with his song “Guitar Man” and then played on Elvis Presley’s version—which earned him his nickname, The Guitar Man.
∙ Legendary guitarist Chet Atkins teamed with him on 1970’s Me and Jerry, the first of their three duets albums, two of them Grammy winners.
∙ His 1971 single “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” topped the Country chart, was a Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit, and won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.
∙ After kicking off his acting career with his friend Burt Reynolds in 1974’s W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, he joined the star in all three Smokey and the Bandit films.
∙ He notched his third and final No. 1 Country single with the 1982 novelty song, “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft),” and he got to No. 2 with the follow-up, “The Bird.”
∙ In 2017, Reed was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Atlanta, GA
- Mar 20, 1937
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