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Todd Dills

Snowman, R.I.P.

| September 02, 2008

It’s a sad day. From the wires…: The Snowman has passed.

pAccording to AP writer John Gerome:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jerry Reed, a singer who appeared in the ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ movies, has died of complications from emphysema at age 71, his longtime booking agent said Tuesday.

Carrie Moore-Reed, who is no relation to the star, said Reed died early Monday morning. Reed was a gifted guitarist who later became a songwriter, singer and actor.

As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, he had a string of hits that included ‘Amos Moses,’ ‘When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,’ ‘East Bound and Down,’ and ‘The Bird.’

In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ with Burt Reynolds, ‘Gator,’ ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘High-Ballin’.'” strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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