Jerry Reed performs “Guitar Man” Live On Pop! Goes The Country 1978.

The song was released on February 1967, and on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, it reached number # 53. The song was included in Jerry's debut album, The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed (RCA 1967)

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Guitar Man:

Lp cover Jerry Reed ( RCA 1967 )
Lp cover Jerry Reed ( RCA 1967 )

“Guitar Man”, a song written and recorded for the first time by Jerry Reed for the RCA label, on October 10, 1966, at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Ave. South, Nashville, TN. In the same recording session, two other songs were recorded: “The claw (intrumental)” and “If it comes to that”. Jerry was accompanied in the session by: Fred Carter, Jr. (guitar), Wayne Moss (guitar), Junior Huskey (bass), Jerry Carrigan (drums), Jerry Smith (harpsichord). With the production of Chet Atkins, the song was released on February 1967, and on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, it reached number # 53.

The song was included in Jerry’s debut album, The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed (RCA 1967), the album was released in February 1967.

Shortly after Reed’s single appeared, Elvis Presley recorded the song with Reed playing the guitar, and it became a minor country and pop hit. Elvis recorded it for the RCA label, on September 10, 1967, and was released on October 23, 1967.

Thirteen years later, “Guitar Man” was re-recorded in a new electric arrangement, with Presley’s original voice intact, and was the last of his eleven country number one hits. The record also peaked at number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and was his latest top 40 pop hit in the United States. On May 14, 1981, 4 years after his death he reached his last number # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs.



Single cover Elvis Presley ( RCA 1968 )
Single cover Elvis Presley ( RCA 1968 )

 

Some Versions:

Elvis Presley 1967 (RCA)
Bob Luman 1969 (Epic)
The Jesus and Mary Chain 1990 (Black and White)
5 Hanks 1994 (Healing Records)
Junior Brown 2001 (Curb Records)

 





Jerry Reed – Guitar Man Lyrics

Well, I quit my job down at the car wash
Left my mama a goodbye note
By sundown I’d left Kingston
With my guitar under my coat
I hitchhiked all the way down to Memphis
Got a room at the YMCA
For the next three weeks I went a hauntin’ them nightclubs
Just lookin’ for a place to play
Well, I thought my pickin’ would set ’em on fire
But nobody wanted to hire a guitar man

Well, I nearly ’bout starved to death down in Memphis
I run outta money and luck
So I bummed me a ride down to Macon, Georgia
On a overloaded poultry truck
I thumbed on down to Panama City
Started checkin’ out some o’ them all night bars
Hopin’ I could make myself a dollar
Makin’ music on my guitar
I got the same old story at them all night piers
There ain’t no room around here for a guitar man
We don’t need a guitar man, son



So I slept in the hobo jungles
Roamed a thousand miles of track
Till I found myself in Mobile Alabama
At a club they call Big Jack’s
A little four-piece band was jammin’
So I took my guitar and I sat in
I showed ’em what a band would sound like
With a swingin’ little guitar man
Show ’em, son

If you ever take a trip down to the ocean
Find yourself down around Mobile
Make it on out to a club called Jack’s
If you got a little time to kill
Just follow that crowd of people
You’ll wind up out on his dance floor
Diggin’ the finest little five-piece group
Up and down the Gulf of Mexico
Guess who’s leadin’ that five-piece band
Well, wouldn’t ya know, it’s that swingin’ little guitar man

Single Jerry Reed ( RCA 1967 )
Single Jerry Reed ( RCA 1967 )

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