Singer-actor Jerry Reed dies at the age of 71

September 2, 2008


In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as “Smokey and the Bandit” with Burt Reynolds, “Gator” “Hot Stuff” and “High-Ballin’.” (SOURCE)

By JOHN GEROME, Associated Press Writer 26 minutes ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jerry Reed, a singer who appeared in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movies, has died of complications from emphysema at age 71, his longtime booking agent said Tuesday.

Carrie Moore-Reed, who is no relation to the star, said Reed died early Monday morning.

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.”

Here is a recent interview of interest (perhaps one of Mr. Reed’s last?) in Saturday Night Country.

R.I.P. Jerry Reed and thank you for your many contributions to the world of entertainment.

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