View Full Version : Jerry Reed aka Cledus Snow RIP

09-04-2008, 08:04 AM

I missed this till this morning, but country legend Jerry Reed has went and joined the band in the great beyond.

A lot will remember Jerry as The Snowman, Burt Reynolds truck driving sidekick in Smoky and the Bandit and others will remember him as the angry coach from The Waterboy, but lets not forget him as the country music legend that he was. He had hits in his own right and hits he wrote that folks like Elvis recorded. Not only was he known for his song writing but also for his playing. Here is what Brad Paisley had to say about Jerry.

I drew a lot of inspiration from him in various ways. His overall artistry and persona was so much fun and entertaining -- that is just one way I want to emulate him. Another is his total musicianship -- anyone who picks a country guitar knows of his mastery of the instrument -- one of the most inspirational stylists in the history of country music.

Here are a few Jerry Reed videos to let you see and hear the man. No longer will that laugh be heard. :(

Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni8KBhnebwE)

Wabash Cannonball (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCE48O6U4Yw&feature=related)

She Got the Goldmine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04RJyFCg7ks&feature=related)

East Bound and Down (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLMzMnhSRm0&feature=related)

Lightning Rod (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOGiW-y-Vhs&feature=related)

Amos Moses (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WK2y66qFDs&feature=related)

Not many of his kind left, he will be missed.


Phillip Allen
09-04-2008, 09:15 AM
Aww shoot! I love his stuff...RIP

Vince Brennan
09-04-2008, 09:18 AM
Great artist, superb performer and showman, but most importantly, one of the funniest men ever to draw breath. He could make a fire hydrant pee from laughing.

09-04-2008, 09:21 AM
Jerry Reed was the best ever. I'll be playing him all day in the shop. :(

09-04-2008, 09:35 AM
His humor was one of the things that made him special. Of course his guitar playing wasn't half bad either.

Here is a video of Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins horseing around a bit. They start to play a song and Chet says he will play the first part because he wants it "done right".

Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLqyNV1SMWE&feature=related)


Tar Devil
09-04-2008, 09:37 AM
My two impressions of Reed were 1) a man who never really carved out a niche for hiimself, and 2) didn't really care to because he enjoyed friends and the outdoors so much.

I would therefore characterize him as a man who didn't care about success as much as he did enjoying life.

That's something to envy.

Bill R
09-04-2008, 10:08 AM
The world has lost another great one... he will be missed.

09-04-2008, 03:58 PM
I've watched some videos today and had never really considered Jerry Reed's playing ability, but he appears just about as good or at least in the same class as Chet Atkins and those two appeared to have been real good friends.


Karl A. Hilbert
09-04-2008, 04:03 PM
I have been trying to get all the way through "Reedology" for years.

The Gentleman Sawyer
09-04-2008, 05:27 PM
He was great in "The Survivors" with Robin Williams and Walter Matthau.


09-04-2008, 06:44 PM
When You're hot, You're hot.:(

garland reese
09-04-2008, 09:29 PM
Most of those whom we consider guitar greats consider Jerry Reed to be one of their peers. Yes, Jerry was indeed, by most anyone's standards, a very good guitar player.

Osborne Russell
09-05-2008, 06:56 PM
Didn't he do "She Got The Gold Mine, I Got The Shaft"?

09-06-2008, 02:22 AM
A quote from a very good guitar player, "he's doing all that by himself?"