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Jerry Reed dies at 71

Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed (Reuters Photo)

I just learned that country legend Jerry Reed died at age of 71 today.  [Yahoo! | NY Times]  According to song publisher and friend, Butch Baker, he died of emphysema.  From Retuers story. a quick bio:

Singer and actor Jerry Reed, known as “The Guitar Man” of country music, has died at the age of 71, ending a career that took him from writing hit songs like “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” to major acting roles in Hollywood.

I best remember him for the song, East Bound and Down, from the Smokey and the Bandit movie.  I happen to have it on a LP, that’s a record for your digital people, with this song on it.  Enjoy the shots from the movie featuring this song:

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