Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Jerry Reed, 1937-2008


It should come as no surprise to There Stands the Glass readers to hear I've always been a music nerd. I recall toting a little transistor radio around even before I entered elementary school. Like all kids then and now, I couldn't resist novelty songs. I loved the goofy hits of Ray Stevens, Bobby Bare, Jim Stafford and Jerry Reed. (Heck yeah, I was a country boy.) "Amos Moses" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot" were touchstone songs of my childhood. Of course, there was a lot more to Reed than the cartoonish redneck persona portrayed on "East Bound and Down" and "U.S. Male." "Nervous Breakdown" shows a different side of the talented star. It's on this essential compilation. Reed died Monday.

It seems so unlikely. Peter Hammill is scheduled to appear at the Cashew on October 4!

Kansas City Click: I often feel I'm the only pop music fan in the Kansas City area who has yet to swoon over The Republic Tigers' "Buildings & Mountains." Maybe I'll get it if I attend their free show tonight on the Power & Light stage.


Nuke said...

Looked up info on him when I heard, and I had forgotten how much of my youth he was on the soundtrack for.

We got a gold mine of entertainment from Jerry, here's to hoping he didn't get the shaft.

Happy In Bag said...

Good one, Nuke!

rick in pv said...

I will never forget seeing Jerry Reed standing on the back of a flatbed truck, warming up as he prepared to be pulled out to center stage of the American Royal arena, circa 1973-4. That was the moment when I understood the concept of echo, reverb and a souped-up guitar! RIP, Jerry.

Happy In Bag said...

That's too cool, Rick!

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