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Jerry Reed is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Oct 24 | Posted by: Third Coast Talent


Long time Third Coast Talent client, Jerry Reed, was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 22, 2017.  


Jerry Reed was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night. Director, Kyle Young, read a mini-biography of the Georgia native, who achieved success first as a songwriter -- penning hits for acts such as  Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley. Reed then made a name for himself as one of the most influential guitar players of his time, playing on many of the top RCA Victor singles of the day. In fact, Presley was such a fan of Reed’s picking that one day he had Reed summoned from a fishing trip to play on one of his sessions. Signing with RCA as an artist in the 1960s, his classic hits included “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”, "East Bound and Down" and “Amos Moses.” His star grew steadily throughout the 1970s, appearing in films such as Smokey and the Bandit and Gator and in later years, in the movie, "The Waterboy".  Reed was such a bankable name that he was also a guest star on an episode of Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, from which a clip played on a tribute video before his induction.

Paying homage to Reed, who passed away in 2008, were fellow guitarists Steve Wariner, Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles, who delivered a flawless take on Reed’s iconic instrumental “The Claw.” Fellow Georgian Ray Stevens joined in the tribute, adding the right touch of humor to “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” while Jamey Johnson -- a Medallion Ceremony performance veteran -- brought the house down with a faithful romp through “East Bound and Down,” a 1977 hit from Smokey. 

Bobby Bare was chosen by Reed’s daughters to officially induct their father.  His daughters, Seidina Hubbard and Lottie Zavala both offered loving tributes to Reed, with Zavala’s transcription of a conversation she had with her father shortly before his passing in which he told her,  "Making Music is what I love and it's all I know. Every dream I have ever dreamed has come true and then some".




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