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Would’ve Been Jerry Reed’s 80th Birthday This month

On What Would Be Jerry Reed’s 80th Birthday This month,

Let’s Listen to “East Bound and Down” and Drink a Coors

Jerry Reed was born in Atlanta on March 20, 1937, he would’ve been his 80th birthday this month. However, the “Guitar Man” passed away from complications of emphysema on Sept. 1, 2008, at the age of 71.

Over his storied career, the consummate entertainer racked up hits as a singer and songwriter, while mesmerizing fans with his guitar prowess and charming audiences with his down-home acting chops. Hopefully, Jerry will one day be recognized for his contributions to country music with a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Looking at you, Country Music Association—Jerry is the ideal Veteran Era candidate.

As a songwriter, Jerry penned tunes for everyone from Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash to Dean Martin and Tom Jones. As a solo artist, Jerry found his groove with hits like “Amos Moses,” “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” “Lord, Mr. Ford,” and “East Bound and Down,” which served as the theme song to 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit. In the flick, Jerry starred opposite Burt Reynolds as wily truck driver Cledus “Snowman” Snow.

Leave it to Jerry to upshift the unsavory occupation of bootlegging beer into an anthem for every truck-driving Southerner with an unquenchable thirst for adventure. When The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there’s beer in Texarkana, the big-riggin’ Snowman will bring it back no matter what it takes.

In honor of Jerry’s 80th birthday, check out a live performance of “East Bound and Down” from Austin City Limits.

written by Jim Casey | NashCountrydaily

Jon Pardi Three-Week’s at No1 ‘Dirt On My Boots’

Jon Pardi Earns GOLD on Three-Week No. 1 “Dirt On My Boots”

Jon Pardi celebrates an incredible three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with “Dirt On My Boots,” which also peaked on the MediaBase country airplay chart this week. Additionally, the hit song recently earned RIAA Gold certification recognizing its sales and streaming topping 500,000.

When visiting ABC’s Good Morning America last week to perform “Dirt On My Boots,” Pardi, Ginger Zee and a few special guests for National Puppy Day were prepping for the broadcast with a pre-show interview when this year’s ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year was surprised with a plaque commemorating the track’s golden success.

– CMTT

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