Tribute: Eddie Reasoner

Remembering Jerry Reed

Award winning Songwriter/Producer Eddie Reasoner  was just a young newcomer to the music scene when Jerry Reed’s Manager, Harry M. Warner saw him performing live in a local Nashville Piano Bar.  Warner asked Reasoner to sing something he’d written – he did.  The following morning Eddie was invited to Jerry Reed’s office to begin a long term writer/publisher relationship with Reed’s Publishing company – Vector Music.  “It was truly a memorable time for me as a young songwriter” Reasoner recalled, ”I worked with and mentored with some of the best songwriters I could have ever imagined, like Wayne Carson, Stewart Harris and Dick Feller.”

(Wayne Carson wrote Always On My Mind, The Letter -  Dick Feller wrote the hit  “East Bound and Down” with Jerry Reed  for Smokey and the Bandit and Stewart Harris has had 9 number one hits and numerous film awards including Wynonna’s No One Else On Earth)

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Jerry Reed and Eddie Reasoner at Statue of Liberty Celebration New York City 1986

“Jerry had a “claw” style of guitar pickin’ like no other– Vector Music was a tremendous education for me both musically and businesswise.  I knew Jerry on many levels both as a musician/actor and as a lover of the great outdoors Reed was a musician’s musician and I admired the man, but most of all-

“Jerry Reed was Honest and Good to Me

He made a profound impact on my whole perspective of the music business. He shall be missed.”

E. Reasoner

(Ed. Note:  Both wrote Television fishing themesongs –Jerry Reed for Bill Dance Fishing and Eddie Reasoner and Wayne Carson for Jimmy Houston Outdoors. Carson mentored Reasoner during the early years and together they wrote many titles – many of which still remain in Jerry Reed’s Vector Music  Catalog.)

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