Jerry "Snowman" Reed, Dead At Age 71

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Jerry Reed, best known around these parts as the actor who played the truck driver "Snowman" in the Smokey And The Bandit films, passed away yesterday at the age of 71. A successful songwriter and musician, Reed was one of the earliest country music stars to break into Hollywood, paving the way for other crooners to go mainstream like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Although many know "East Bound and Down" as the theme from Smokey And The Bandit, fewer know it's a song sung by Reed himself. Here's hoping you don't find any county mounties and there's a cute city kitty waiting for you on the other side, Jerry. [CNN/AP , Photo Credit:FranklinMintBlog]



R.I.P. Snowman, they'll have to stay thirsty in Atlanta.