Known throughout country music as "The Guitar Man," singer/songwriter Jerry Reed gained recognition not only for a successful solo career but also as an actor and ace session player. He began by releasing a stream of country and rockabilly singles to little notice, until Gene Vincent and Brenda Lee both covered Reed's songs. Though he recorded steadily during the '60s as well, it wasn't until 1967's "Guitar Man" (which Elvis Presley soon covered) that he finally gained a chart hit. In 1971, Reed issued his biggest hit, the chart-topper "When You're Hot, You're Hot" (also the title track of his first solo album). He also teamed with Chet Atkins for two LPs, 1971's Me and Jerry and 1972's Me and Chet. In 1973, he scored his second number one, "Lord, Mr. Ford," though in the mid-'70s, Reed's recording career began to take a backseat to his acting aspirations. His greatest visibility was as a motion-picture star, almost always in tandem with headliner Burt Reynolds. He appeared in all three of the Smokey and the Bandit films, and landed a number two hit in 1977 with "East Bound and Down," from the soundtrack to the first. He topped the charts again in 1982 with the novelty hit "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)," though after an unsuccessful 1986 LP (Lookin' at You), Reed focused on touring until 1992, when he and Atkins reunited for the album Sneakin' Around.