After our cleaning up, we talked Diva into following us back to Bama. She had not been home in a week and she really needed a break. She agreed. I rode with Diva and I told her that I had failed in the CD making in lieu of a lunch. I told her I owed her a CD. "Do you know what it would have been , Diva?" I asked. "Nope?" "Jerry Reed!". "Who???" "You know, Jerry Reed...she got the gold mine I got the shaft". Diva just looked at me. "How about Amos Moses. Come one, Ammmossss Moses!?" Still she didn't know. "When your hot your hot?...He was also the trucker in Smokey and the Bandit!" Now she knew. For the next ten minutes we discussed, ok, I discussed, my fascination with Jerry Reed-it is equivalent to that of mine for Loretta Lynn and Stevie Nicks. I convinced myself (in my heart) that I was going to go home and write Jerry a "fan" letter. "Probably the first one he's has gotten in several years..." said Flo. True, maybe, for he has been off the radar for some time, but certainly almost everyone is as enamored with Jerry Reed like Big Daddy and I are. We just love listening to his CD.
It was with great sadness when I received an email from Big Daddy yesterday stating the news that Jerry Reed had passed on. The loss is great, and really at a young age. Smoking kills, folks.
Jerry really was one of the lyrical geniuses, who laced his works with that fabulous sense of humor he possessed. He was unique. He was distinctive. He was a master of his craft. One that was largely under rated and he, I thik enjoyed being "understated". Maybe that is why I liked him so. One of those, pardon the pun, unsung hero's of country music.
Tell me you haven't heard a JR song and not gotten a laugh from it and I will call you crazy.
About the beginning of summer Da Troll thought he would start one of his great Meme's relating to all things overrated and underrated. Well, the meme fizzled out. I had already written my installment of "Underrated: Jerry Reed". I never deleted it because I had intentions of smacking it up on the blog at some point. You know....when I wasn't spouting off about something else. Anyway, I am posting the underrated under this post. Read about Reed, and if you didn't have a respect for good ole boy JR, then I suggest you go out and purchase yourself a JR CD (Best of) and laugh one of those good hearty laughs that Jerry will bring on.
We have lost a true "great". Another good one, gone to soon.
Jerry Reed 1937-2008
To read about Jerry's life click here.