East Bound and Down

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For the HBO series, see Eastbound & Down.
"East Bound and Down"
Single by Jerry Reed
from the album Smokey and the Bandit soundtrack
B-side "(I'm Just A) Redneck in a Rock and Roll Bar"[1]
Released August 1, 1977
Format 7" single
Genre Country, truck-driving country
Length 2:47
Label RCA
Writer(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 sixteen weeks on the U.S. country music charts, reaching a peak of #2.[1] It also reached #3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982–1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

Cover versions[edit]

In Popular Culture[edit]

The song featured in episode "Stole Beer from a Golfer" of sitcom My Name Is Earl, where Smokey and the Bandit was mentioned. It was featured in the 2010 ESPN NASCAR commercial, playing on the rivalry between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. It also was the theme of "Archer Vice: Southbound and Down" of "Archer (TV series)" where the team had to drive a truck to Texas for a concert in 24 hours, and Cherlene performed a cover. It was featured as the "fighting music" in a scene of Delta Farce.


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 343. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076729/soundtrack

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