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Also Known As: Jerry Reed Hubbard Died: September 1, 2008
Born: March 20, 1937 Cause of Death: complications from emphysema
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: songwriter, singer, country guitarist, session musician, actor

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A rascally presence in music and film for over four decades, Jerry Reed was a highly respected guitarist and songwriter who parlayed a string of humorous country-pop singles in the 1970s into a successful second career as an actor in films like "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977). A gifted guitarist who employed the fingerpicked playing style of technical wizards like Merle Travis, Reed began recording as a teenager in the 1950s before hitting his stride as a songwriter the following decade with songs like "Guitar Man" and "A Thing Called Love," which became hits for Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, respectively. Reed's own singing career took off in 1970 with "Amos Moses," a humorous tall tale that hinged on his wry, cracker-barrel delivery; the chart-topping "When You're Hot, You're Hot" soon followed, as did supporting turns opposite Burt Reynolds in "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" (1974), "Gator" (1976) and the hugely popular "Smokey" films. Reed's acting and music careers slowed in the 1980s, during which he concentrated on touring, though he would win a Grammy in 1998 for a collaboration with fellow guitar wizard Chet Atkins, as well as co-star with Adam Sandler in "The Waterboy" (1998) before his...

A rascally presence in music and film for over four decades, Jerry Reed was a highly respected guitarist and songwriter who parlayed a string of humorous country-pop singles in the 1970s into a successful second career as an actor in films like "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977). A gifted guitarist who employed the fingerpicked playing style of technical wizards like Merle Travis, Reed began recording as a teenager in the 1950s before hitting his stride as a songwriter the following decade with songs like "Guitar Man" and "A Thing Called Love," which became hits for Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, respectively. Reed's own singing career took off in 1970 with "Amos Moses," a humorous tall tale that hinged on his wry, cracker-barrel delivery; the chart-topping "When You're Hot, You're Hot" soon followed, as did supporting turns opposite Burt Reynolds in "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" (1974), "Gator" (1976) and the hugely popular "Smokey" films. Reed's acting and music careers slowed in the 1980s, during which he concentrated on touring, though he would win a Grammy in 1998 for a collaboration with fellow guitar wizard Chet Atkins, as well as co-star with Adam Sandler in "The Waterboy" (1998) before his death in 2008. Celebrated for his humor, songwriting and guitar skills, Reed was a much-loved entertainment figure whose best efforts brought considerable joy to audiences.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  What Comes Around (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Waterboy, The (1998) Red Beaulieu
2.
 Plates (1990) Bill
3.
 Bat 21 (1988) Colonel George Walker
4.
 What Comes Around (1986) Joe Hawkins
5.
 The Survivors (1983) Jack Locce
6.
 SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, PART 3 (1983) Cledus/The Bandit
7.
 Smokey And The Bandit II (1980) Cledus Snow
8.
 Concrete Cowboys, The (1979) J D Reed
9.
 Hot Stuff (1979) Doug Van Horne
10.
 High-ballin' (1978) Duke
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Dropped out of high school at 16 to play with country stars like Faron Young and Ernest Tubb
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At age 18, he was signed by record producer Bill Lowery to cut his first record, <i>If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creeks Don't Rise</i>
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
1961:
Moved to Nashville to continue his songwriting career
1967:
Wrote and recorded first hit "Guitar Man," which was covered by Elvis Presley
1970:
Released his best known single and crossover hit, "Amos Moses"; earned a Grammy nomination for best male country vocal performance
1970:
Teamed with Chet Atkins for the duet album, <i>Me & Jerry</i>
1970:
Regular on the CBS variety show, "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour"
1971:
Released first solo album, <i>When You're Hot, You're Hot</i>; was also the title of his biggest hit single on the album
1972:
Featured in an episode of Hanna-Barbera's animated series, "The New Scooby-Doo Movies" (CBS); also performed the song "Pretty Mary Sunlite" in the episode
1974:
Made film debut opposite close friend Burt Reynolds in "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings"
1976:
Again appeared opposite Reynolds in "Gator"; also directed by Reynolds
1977:
Wrote "East Bound and Down," the theme song to the film "Smokey and the Bandit" starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field; also featured in the film as Cledus `Snowman¿ Snow
1979:
Acted in "Hot Stuff," starring and directed by Dom DeLuise
1980:
Reprised role of `Snowman¿ for the sequel, "Smokey and the Bandit II"
1982:
Released the hit single, "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)"
1983:
Once again cast as `Snowman¿ in "Smokey and the Bandit Part III"
1983:
Co-starred with Robin Williams and Walter Matthau in the comedy, "The Survivors"
1988:
Acted opposite Danny Glover and Gene Hackman in "Bat*21"; also executive produced
1992:
Re-teamed with Atkins for the album, <i>Sneakin' Around</i>
1998:
Portrayed the head coach for the Cougars football team in the Adam Sandler film, "The Waterboy"
1998:
Teamed with country superstars Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, and Bobby Bare to form the group Old Dogs; also released a self titled album
2006:
Final album released, <i>The Gallant Few</i> about wounded war veterans
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Education

O'Keefe High School: Atlanta , Georgia -

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