September 2, 2008
Country music suffered the loss of a legend yesterday. Jerry “The Guitar Man” Reed was a tremendously talented performer best known for his stunning instrumental prowess and bitingly funny hits like “Lord Mr. Ford”, “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” , “Amos Moses” and “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)”. He was also well known for his role in Smokey & The Bandit.
There’s an excellent rundown of his diverse and successful entertainment career in today’s Tennessean, and it ends with the following quote from Reed himself:
“Every dream I ever dreamed came true in my life,” he told interviewer Calvin Gilbert in 2005. “I got to write hit songs… And I got to be on phonograph records… I’m a cotton mill boy, and I got to go to Hollywood. Can you imagine that? Why, yeah, my goodness gracious. Go figure.”
Here’s a pair of clips of Reed at his best: