Jerry Reed, the Eastbound and Down scene-stealer in Smokey and the Bandit, also starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field, died this past Sunday, August 31st, in Nashville, TN. He was 71.
Besides his films, Reed was an accomplished guitarist with a successful music career, winning a Grammy in 1972 for best male country vocal performance for his song, When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.
He also, of course, wrote the theme song to Smokey and the Bandit, Eastbound And Down. Here it is in this great scene/montage from the movie: