September 13

The Superior Elvis Presley’s Cover Version of Jerry Reed’s “Guitar Man”


The Superior Elvis Presley’s Cover Version of Jerry Reed’s “Guitar Man” 1
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“The King of Rock and Roll” Elvis Presley can undeniably sing any song from a soulful to a rock and roll one. Mostly, he released and recorded original songs. However, there are a few that Elvis Presley borrowed from co-artists. But whenever he covered a particular song, he outpours his best and makes it sound as his own. A good example of this is the song “Guitar Man” which was initially recorded and released by “The Good Ol’ Boy” Jerry Reed.

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Jerry Reed’s style of “Guitar Man” is not far from Elvis Presley’s cover. Both are accompanied with rock and roll style. Nevertheless, Elvis Presley’s has a cleaner and more outstanding feature which makes it superior.

Guitar Man…

As mentioned above, Jerry Reed initially recorded “Guitar Man” in 1967 under his album “The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed.” His cover placed at number fifty-three on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

After the initial release, Elvis Presley recorded his rendition. As a matter of fact, he re-recorded and re-released “Guitar Man” twice, one in 1967 and another in 1981. Jerry Reed accompanied his first version with the acoustic lead guitar. Then, Jerry Reed again accompanied his second recording with the electric lead guitar.

The first version, unfortunately, didn’t top the country charts. However, on the second recording, it placed at number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


Their collaboration of “Guitar Man” showed a much closer relationship between “The Good Ol’ Boy” Jerry Reed and “The King of Rock and Roll” Elvis Presley. Both have different characters and dispositions but through music, they were united.

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