thanks and a tribute

First off, I’d like to thank all those who posted, emailed, phoned and sent cards of condolences after my grandfather died last week. They were greatly appreciated. And the family is doing alright.

Secondly, there’s been another death in the music world. Jerry Reed passed away Monday of complications from emphysema. He was 71.

With his trucker cap, sunglasses and smile, the charismatic Reed hit the pop charts with country crossover tunes such as “Amos Moses,” “Another Puff,” “Ko-Ko Joe,” “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)” and his trademark “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” to name a few.

Much to the chagrin of country music lovers, my favorite Jerry Reed song is “East Bound and Down,” from the first “Smokey and the Bandit” soundtrack.

When I hear that song, I can still hear Reed having the time of his life. And that, my friends, is exactly how he played all of his other songs.

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