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09-02-2008, 02:19 PM

Singer-actor Jerry Reed dies at the age of 71

The Associated Press

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jerry Reed, a singer who became a good ol’ boy actor in car chase movies like “Smokey and the Bandit,” has died of complications from emphysema at 71.

His longtime booking agent, Carrie Moore-Reed, no relation to the star, said Reed died early Monday.

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In this March 14, 1972, file photo country singer Jerry Reed holds his award at the 44th Annual Grammy Award presentation and dinner in New York City. Reed, best known for appearing in the ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ movies, has died. He was 71. His longtime booking agent says Reed died of complications from emphysema.
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“He’s one of the greatest entertainers in the world. That’s the way I feel about him,” Moore-Reed said.

Reed was a gifted guitarist who later became a songwriter, singer and actor.

As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, he had a string of hits that included “Amos Moses,” “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” “East Bound and Down” and “The Bird.”

In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as “Smokey and the Bandit” with Burt Reynolds, usually as a good ol’ boy. But he was an ornery heavy in “Gator,” directed by Reynolds, and a hateful coach in 1998’s “The Waterboy,” starring Adam Sandler.

Reynolds gave him a shiny black 1980 Trans Am like the one they used in “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Reed and Kris Kristofferson paved the way for Nd for “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” in 1971. A year earlier, he shared a Grammy with Chet Atkins for their collaboration, “Me and Jerry.” In 1992, Atkins and Reed won a Grammy for “Sneakin’ Around.”

Reed continued performing on the road into the late 1990s, doing about 80 shows a year.

“I’m proud of the songs, I’m proud of things that I did with Chet (Atkins), I’m proud that I played guitar and was accepted by musicians and guitar players,” he told the AP in 1992.

In a 1998 interview with The Tennessean, he admitted that his acting ability was questionable.

“I used to watch people like Richard Burton and Mel Gibson and think, ‘I could never do that.’

“When people ask me what my motivation is, I have a simple answer: Money.”

09-02-2008, 02:20 PM
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09-02-2008, 02:31 PM
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