Jerry Reed Died, Heavenbound

Jerry Reed, the man who made “Eastbound and Down, loaded up and truckin’” the well-known theme song from Smokey & The Bandit, has passed on today.

Jerry Reed, star of stage and screen, died in hospice care from emphysema at age 71.

I used to be neighbors with Jerry’s guitar player and he always spoke so highly of Jerry. Sometimes being an employer can be an entirely different ballgame than being an entertainer, but my neighbor said Jerry was great to work for. In an industry where players can tend to not stay with one tour for very many years, Bobby was with Jerry for at least 20 years. That’s practically unheard of these days.

I think my favorite Jerry Reed song was “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and when you’re not, you’re not! hahaha… He was such a talent at blending his brand of comedy and music.

Jerry Reed will be missed. RIP Jerry Reed.

Reported by Ginger Snaps

"When I think of Jerry Reed, I remember the times he would show up to Grassland Heights Baptist Church with his wife, Prissy and their girls, Sedina and Lottie, and this was during the era of “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” and he was pretty hot then…but I always wondered why he never opened his mouth and sang during the singing part. Never did. I’ve noticed that about Country Music folk. They usually don’t sing in church. (’Cept Ricky Skaggs and the Whites do. They’re fun to sit next to in church, I tell you what. )" writes Sista Smiff.

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