Guitar Man (song)

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For The Bread song, see The Guitar Man.
"Guitar Man"
Single by Jerry Reed
from the album The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed
Released 1967 (1967)
Genre Country, Country rock
Writer(s) Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed singles chronology
"If I Don't Live Up to It"
(1965)
"Guitar Man"
(1967)
"Tupelo Mississippi Flash"
(1967)

"Guitar Man" is a 1967 song written by Jerry Reed, who took his version of it to number 53 on the country music charts in 1967.

Soon after Reed's single appeared, Elvis Presley recorded the song[1] with Reed playing the guitar part, and it became a minor country and pop hit. According to Peter Guralnick in his exceptional two volume biography of Elvis, he had been trying unsuccessfully to record the tune, but wasn't happy with the groove. He said something to the effect of, "Get me that redneck picker who's on the original tune." and his staff brought Reed into the studio- who nailed it on the first take. Thirteen years later, "Guitar Man" was rerecorded in a new electric arrangement (Elvis' original vocal was left intact) and became the last of eleven number one country hits for Presley.[citation needed]

The single spent one week at number one on the country chart.[2] The 1981 remix of "Guitar Man" would also peak at number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Jerry Reed[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 53

Elvis Presley[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks 16
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
U.K. Singles Chart 19
Dutch Top 40 39
Australian Kent Music Report 73

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 8 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 273. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 504. 
Preceded by
"Do You Love as Good as You Look"
by The Bellamy Brothers
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

March 14, 1981
Succeeded by
"Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground"
by Willie Nelson
Preceded by
"Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground"
by Willie Nelson
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 4, 1981
Succeeded by
"Crying"
by Don McLean