Originally Posted on Tue, Sep 02 2008 @ 3:26 PM [EST]
Entertainer Jerry Reed dead at 71
By John Gerome
2:00 PM EDT, September 2, 2008
Jerry Reed, a singer who became a "good ol' boy" actor opposite Burt Reynolds in car chase movies like "Smoky and the Bandit," is dead at age 71, according to his longtime booking agent.
Carrie Moore-Reed, who is no relation to the star, says Reed died early Monday morning of complications from emphysema.
Reed was a gifted guitarist who later became a songwriter, singer and finally an 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 like "Smokey and the Bandit," ''Gator" ''Hot Stuff," ''High Ballin" (with Peter Fonda), "The Survivors" (with Walter Matthau), "BAT-21" (with Gene Hackman) and "W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings."
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Thats from the "Golden Age" of trucking...When a sense of brotherhood existed..I still believe in it and practice it..He will be missed..Vm-out!
Comment By: VM on Sun, Sep 07 2008 @ 4:56 AM [EST]