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TGIF Oldies- Jerry Reed: When You're Hot, You're Hot/Amos Moses 1970/71
Reaganite Republican ^ | January 21, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 01/21/2011 9:26:51 AM PST by Reaganite Republican


Georgia Native Jerry Reed Hubbard (1937-08) was an American country music singer, country guitarist, session musician, songwriter, and actor who appeared in more than a dozen films... nothing short of an American cultural icon.

As a musician, "The Snowman" was best known for "(Who Was the Man Who Put) The Line in Gasoline"; "Lord, Mr. Ford (What Have You Done)"; "Amos Moses"; "When You're Hot, You're Hot," (Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance); and "East Bound and Down," the theme song for the film Smokey and the Bandit, in which he co-starred with Burt Reynolds.

Back in '67, Reed notched his first official country chart hit with "Guitar Man," which Elvis Presley soon covered. Presley had come to Nashville to record in 1967, and one of the songs he was working on was "Guitar Man" (which Reed had written and recorded earlier). 

"I was out on the Cumberland River fishing, and I got a call from Felton Jarvis (then Presley's producer). He said, 'Elvis is down here. We've been trying to cut 'Guitar Man' all day long. He wants it to sound like it sounded on your album.' I finally told him, 'Well, if you want it to sound like that, you're going have to get me in there to play guitar, because these guys (you're using in the studio) are straight pickers. I pick with my fingers and tune that guitar up all weird kind of ways.'"

Jarvis hired Reed to play on the session. "I hit that intro, and Elvis' face lit up and here we went. Then after he got through that, he cut my "U.S. Male" at the same session. I was toppin' cotton, son..." 

Subsequently the songwriter recorded an Elvis tribute, "Tupelo Mississippi Flash," which proved to be his first Top 20 hit. Elvis Presley also recorded two other Reed compositions: "A Thing Called Love" in 1970 and "Talk About The Good Times" in 1973.


Johnny Cash would also release Reed's "A Thing Called Love" as a single in 1971, which would reach #2 on the Country Singles Chart. After releasing the 1970 crossover hit "Amos Moses", a hybrid of rock, country, funk, and Cajun styles (below), Reed teamed with Atkins for the duet LP Me and Jerry. 

During the 1970 TV season, he was a regular on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and in 1971 Reed issued his biggest hit, the chart-topper "When You're Hot, You're Hot", which was also the title track of his first solo album. Both "Amos Moses" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot" sold over a million copies.

In the mid-1970s, Reed's recording career began to take a back seat to his acting aspirations. In 1974, he co-starred with his close friend Burt Reynolds in the film W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings. While he continued to record throughout the decade, his greatest visibility was as a motion picture star, almost always in tandem with headliner Reynolds; after 1976's Gator, Reed appeared in 1978's High Ballin and 1979's Hot Stuff

He also co-starred in all three of the Smokey and the Bandit films; the first, which premiered in 1977, landed Reed a #2 hit with the soundtrack's "East Bound and Down." 

Reed also took a stab at hosting a TV variety show, filming two episodes of The Jerry Reed Show in 1976. Guests included Tammy Wynette, Ray Stevens, and Burt Reynolds. 

In 1982, Reed's career as a singles artist was revitalized by the chart-topping hit "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)," followed by "The Bird," which peaked at #2. His last chart hit, "I'm a Slave," came in 1983.


And btw, if you've never seen the unheralded The Survivors (1983) with Reed, Walter Matthau, and a young Robin Williams you ought to... hilarious imo.


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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: country; music; oldies; video

1 posted on 01/21/2011 9:26:55 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Jerry Reed is great!


2 posted on 01/21/2011 9:30:46 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Many only know Reed as Burt Reynolds’ sidekick in the Bandit movies, but he’s also one of the great guitar pickers of all time. Go to YouTube and type in “Jerry Reed.” You’ll be blown away at some of his musical prowess.


3 posted on 01/21/2011 9:31:23 AM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: caver

I adore everything the guy’s ever done


4 posted on 01/21/2011 9:33:40 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I didn’t see his depiction of legendary university of louisiana head coach Red Belyieu in The Waterboy, listed in his credits.


5 posted on 01/21/2011 9:36:52 AM PST by johncocktoasten (Practicing asymetrical thread warfare against anti-Palin Trolls)
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To: MarineBrat

There are only a handful of ‘Master Guitar Players’ on Chet Atkins’ list. Jerry Reed was at the top!


6 posted on 01/21/2011 9:39:49 AM PST by BillM
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To: MarineBrat

You got that right MB, his finger pickin style is somethin else

AND Jerry Reed is one of only four people to have the title of “Certified Guitar Player” (an award only bestowed to those who have completely mastered guitar), and awarded this title by Chet Atkins


7 posted on 01/21/2011 9:40:48 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

hmmmm...”Amos Moses”....sounds like we could have a political correctness violation right there. Won’t be hearing this played on NPR ;-)


8 posted on 01/21/2011 9:45:16 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Reaganite Republican
Here's Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins doing some Serious Pickin'.
9 posted on 01/21/2011 9:47:03 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

When I was a kid I played my 45 of Amos Moses until the grooves wore out.


10 posted on 01/21/2011 9:47:53 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Good stuff there, Andy


11 posted on 01/21/2011 9:48:44 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Trekked to New Orleans in ‘76 to visit my best
high school buddy who had left the Navy SEALs and
became a hardhat diver. We drove up to Magnolia,
Ms to the country music festival where we saw,
among other acts, a 17(?)yr old Tanya Tucker, Mel
Tillis, and Jerry Reed. I enjoyed Reed the most.


12 posted on 01/21/2011 9:53:13 AM PST by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I’ve been playing guitar for over 35 years now and both of those guys just make me shake my head in amazement.


13 posted on 01/21/2011 9:59:35 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Lurker

I taped it off the radio and played it in my little Panasonic cassette player until it was spaghetti when I was ten, similar lol


14 posted on 01/21/2011 10:00:50 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Lurker

Way back when there was still music on AM radio and country stations still played Country, you could hear songs like Amos Moses that offered great stories set to truly original American music. I do miss those days, because for all of the obvious improvement in musical fidelity, Merle Haggard just doesn’t sound quite the same in mp3 as he did on my old transistor radio.


15 posted on 01/21/2011 10:07:05 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: johncocktoasten

Probably shouldn’t have left that out, you’re right- he was the funniest one in the film imo


16 posted on 01/21/2011 10:13:29 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: andy58-in-nh

It is true... there is some grey area of sound quality and general buzz of white noise that gave it a mystique to me, too

And back then how it sounded on AM was of course taken into consideration by any act with serious commercial aspirations


17 posted on 01/21/2011 10:17:19 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

“Wish a buck was still silver... it was back when the country was strong...”


18 posted on 01/21/2011 10:23:03 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I was gonna say this article missed his narrating the Dukes of Hazzard TV shows.

But I googled it. That was Waylon Jennings.

In any event, Jerry Reed was awesome.


19 posted on 01/21/2011 10:32:05 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Didn’t he write that in the Carter era...?

Deja vu all over again lol


20 posted on 01/21/2011 10:45:31 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
Didn’t he write that in the Carter era...?

Yes, he did. Only now, we're really "rolling downhill like a snowball headed for Hell". Or at least, a lot faster.

21 posted on 01/21/2011 12:16:10 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Ol’ Snowman knew what he was talking about...


22 posted on 01/21/2011 12:58:29 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: andy58-in-nh

Ol’ Snowman knew what he was talking about...


23 posted on 01/21/2011 12:59:05 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Amos Moses was a hell of a man.


24 posted on 01/21/2011 1:00:28 PM PST by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than preachers, professors and politicians.)
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To: Sivad
a 17(?)yr old Tanya Tucker

A college buddy and I also saw a young Tanya Tucker in concert back in '76. My buddy had a crush on her and stood in a very long line to get her autograph after the show. After about two hours, he showed me his prize. I had to ask him, "Who the heck is Tarzan Parker?". Worst handwriting I've seen, this side of a prescription form.

25 posted on 01/21/2011 2:18:06 PM PST by NewMexLurker
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To: Reaganite Republican

Back around 1980 I was a cocktail waitress in a nice restaurant next to a hotel, trying to put myself through college. I was told Jerry Reed came in one night while passing through town. The lounge staff couldn’t believe how much he drank and was still able to walk out. According to them, he drank a LOT as in they never saw anyone drink that much before. They also said he had a big smile on his face and was friendly and nice. That’s how I remember him.


26 posted on 01/21/2011 2:18:42 PM PST by pops88
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To: Reaganite Republican

loved his songs, singing and acting...funny man and talented.


27 posted on 01/21/2011 8:12:27 PM PST by goat granny
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