Jerry! I love his recordings and films. One of the best guitarpickers ever. A singer, songwriter, fun actor and overall great entertainer.
Here's some wikipedia for you to enjoy:
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, he and his sister grew up in foster homes. At age 18, he was signed by Capitol Records where he recorded both country and rockabilly singles to little notice until label mate Gene Vincent covered Reed's "Crazy Legs" in 1958.
In 1967 Jerry was tracked down to play on an Elvis session: "I was out fishing, and I got a call: ‘Elvis Presley is down here. We’ve been trying to cut your song "Guitar Man" all day long. He wants it to sound like it sounded on your album.' I told them, 'Well, if you want it to sound like that, you’re going have to get me in there to play guitar. When I hit that intro, Elvis face lit up and here we went. Then he cut another one of my songs 'U.S. Male' at the same session. I was toppin' cotton, son." Reed also played the guitar for Elvis's version of "Big Boss Man" recorded in the same session.
Jerry also worked on a second Presley session, during which he played guitar on a cover of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business", "Stay Away", and "Goin' Home". Later on Elvis recorded another two Reed compositions: "A Thing Called Love" (also a huge hit for Johnny Cash) and "Talk About The Good Times", for a total of four.
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