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Jerry Reed Dies: The Guitar Man Has Left the Building

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Country music fans will boot-scoot a little slower today knowing that their beloved Jerry Reed has passed away due to complications of emphysema. The 71 year-old was born in Atlanta and started his musical career at age 18, and the singer-turned-actor charmed fans all over the world with his humor and songwriting skills, performing with such greats as Joan Baez and Ringo Starr. Jerry Reed also delighted on the silver screen, appearng in all three Smokey and the Bandit movies and many more. The great entertainer will be missed by many.

Good thing that country music is made for wallowing in grief- get out to your local honky tonk tonight and have a cold beer for the Guitar Man. In many places there are no doubt many watering holes fit for a twangy wake, but in Seattle there is only one spot to go: The Little Red Hen.