– Country singer and actor Jerry Reed died Monday at 71 of emphysema. Reed was best known for his hit song, When You"re Hot You"re Hot for which he received a Grammy for best male country vocal performance in 1972. Reed also sang the theme song from the first "Smokey and the Bandit" movie, East Bound and Down.Jerry Reed Hubbard was born March 20, 1937 in Atlanta. He wrote and sang by the time he was in high school. While a few singles of Reed"s gained little notice while recording for Capitol Records, he did when Gene Vincent covered Reed"s Crazy Legs in 1958. That year, Reed signed to National Recording Co. After two years in the military, Reed moved to Nashville in 1961. He continued writing and recording, charting with Goodnight Irene and Hully Gully Guitar.Reed achieved his first hit on the charts with Guitar Man in 1967, which Elvis Presley recorded in 1967. Reed played guitar for the session with Presley. Reed later achieved a hit with an Elvis tribute Tupelo Mississippi Flash.Reed released two albums with Chet Atkins, "Me and Jerry" and "Me and Chet." During this period, he also had his first number one with When You"re Hot You"re Hot. Reed had a second number with Lord, Mr. Ford.He soon got involved in movies, starring with friend Burt Reynolds in "W. W. and the Dixie Dancekings" in 1974. Two years later, he was in "Gator," also with Reynolds. Reed also co-starred in all three of the "Smokey" films.Reed continued charting though. "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" was a hit for Reed in 1982, followed by The Bird, which hit number two. His last chart hit, I"m a Slave charted in 1983. He continued acting and recording, appearing in Adam Sandler"s "The Waterboy" as Red Beaulieu, a football coach. He also joined with Waylon Jennings, Mel Tilllis and Bobby Bare to form the group the Old Dogs, which recorded one album in 1998.
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Jerry Reed"s first album in 6 years is a 10-song live set issued on his son-in-law"s newly created label. Although time has taken an audible toll, the 68- year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist nonpareil imbues concert renditions of his classic hits and a few strong new numbers with palpable crowd-pleasing humor.At his best, Reed growls with trademark sass on such classics as "Amos Moses" (number 8, pop, 1970), "Lord, Mr.
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Ford" (number 1, c&w, 1973), and his Smokey & the Bandit-inspired...