Jerry Reed

East Bound and Down

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"East Bound and Down" wasn't only the theme song from the 1977 smash Smokey and the Bandit, it was also proof that Jerry Reed (who was well into his second career as a comic actor by now and at times stole the entire movie from Burt Reynolds and Sally Field) hadn't lost his knack for writing good-timey country-pop tunes. It's also a handy précis of the movie's plot ("The boys are thirsty in Atlanta/But there's beer in Texarkana/And we'll bring it back no matter what it takes") for those who've never seen it, although it's a rare U.S. male who didn't catch at least one of the seemingly hourly screenings on basic cable throughout the '80s. Although this banjo-driven country-rocker is of limited utility outside of its role in the film, it's become enough of a trucker's anthem that Dave Dudley, Mr. "Six Days on the Road" himself, covered it.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1977 RCA 0:00
No Image 1980 RCA
No Image 1982 RCA
Collector's Series 1985 RCA
The Essential Jerry Reed 1995 RCA 2:46
Super Hits 1997 RCA 2:47
Rig Ridin' Favorites 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:47
Whole Lotta Rock: 1976-1977 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:48
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1978 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:46
RCA Country Legends 2001 Buddha Records 2:48
Classic Country: Road Songs 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:47