Friday, November 14, 2014
Jerry Reed - Fightin' for the U.S.A.
Jerry Reed is well known for his "East Bound and Down" hit and co-starring role with Burt Reynolds in the Smokey and the Bandit series in the mid-1970s. Before this, though, Reed was writing songs and recording records including a 1965 offering supporting the United States' foreign policy in Southeast Asia.
Also a veteran, having spent 1957 through 1959 in the U.S. Army, Reed was also a proponent of defending America and her allies. Reed even states in his song that capture by the Viet Cong and subsequent torture would not change his patriotic fervor. The song was released as a single in 1965 with the instrumental "Navy Blues" as the B-Side. Neither song charted well, but the sentiment was certainly there - like many of his contemporaries in country music, Reed supported the war effort as an American duty to protect democracy and defend the United States against foreign threats.