Do you remember the tall, blonde hair, and Western singer from Atlanta, Georgia? The guy who portrayed good-humored characters like “Smokey And The Bandit?” He is the one and only, the good ol’ boy, Jerry Reed. And today is his birthday. With this, happy natal day.
Born Jerry Reed Hubbard on March 20, 1937, in Atlanta, Georgia, Reed had always known his ultimate goal in life even as a child.
The Good Ol’ Boy…
Reed was not just an actor but also a country singer, guitarist, and a songwriter. As a child, Jerry Reed, before becoming a multi-talented artist, would be seen running around strumming his guitar. He even quoted:
“I’m gonna be a star. I’ll go to Nashville and be a star”
And it happened, he became a star, “The star” that can tweak all kinds of music.
Furthermore, Reed had a rough early life due to his parents’ separation. Together with his sister, they had to shift from orphanages and foster homes to another just to get by with their lives. Finally, they reunited with their mother in 1944.
Although he did not have a stable home life, Jerry Reed continued to enhance his skills in music. By the time he reached high school, he was already writing his songs and singing impressively. His hard work paid off after he signed a contract with Bill Lowery, a record producer, and publisher. Reed was only 18 years old then.
Jerry Reed’s Movies…
Furthermore, Reed’s acting skills led him to land several films and TV shows such as “Smokey and the Bandit”, “Alice”, “Hot Stoff”, “Concrete Cowboys”, “Smokey and the Bandit II”, “The New Scooby-Doo Movies”, “The Survivors”, “Stroker Ace”, “Dolly”, “B.L. Stryker”, “Evening Shade”, and “The Waterboy”.
The Songs And The Awards…
The first big break for Jerry was when he reached the Roar and Cashbox Country chart with his song “Soldier’s Joy.” From there, came a string of successful singles and albums for the late artist. Reed’s other successful songs were “Guitar Man,” “U.S Male,” “A Thing Called Love,” Alabama Wild Man,” “Amos Moses,” “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,”
Reed was indeed talented and one of a kind. With this, he took awards such as “Instrumentalist Of the Year” in 1970 and 1971 at Country Music Association. He also won “Best Country Instrumental Performance” with Chet Atkins in 1971, “Best Male Country Performance” for the song “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” in 1972, and in 1993, Reed bagged the “Best Country Instrumental Performance” at Grammys.
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