East Bound and Down

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"East Bound and Down"
East Bound and Down - Jerry Reed.jpg
Single by Jerry Reed
from the album Smokey And The Bandit: Music from the Motion Picture
B-side"(I'm Just A) Redneck in a Rock and Roll Bar"[1]
ReleasedAugust 1, 1977
GenreCountry, truck-driving country, country rock, outlaw country
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)Jerry Reed, Dick Feller
Producer(s)Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed singles chronology
"With His Pants in His Hand"
"East Bound and Down"
"You Know What"

"East Bound and Down" is a song written by Jerry Reed and Dick Feller, and recorded by Reed for the soundtrack for the film Smokey and the Bandit. The song features Reed on the lead vocal, and vocalist Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires on the harmony vocal. It was released in August 1977 as a single on RCA Records.

The song spent 16 weeks on the U.S. country music charts, reaching a peak of No. 2.[1] It also reached No. 3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.

The "...and Down" in the title and lyric is CB radio jargon for "I'm finished transmitting, but still listening to the channel." "[Direction] bound and down" remains a common sign-off for truckers on CB radio.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977–78) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[2] 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 343. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn's Bubbling Under the Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004

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