Guitar Man (song)
|Single by Jerry Reed|
|from the album The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Jerry Reed singles chronology|
"Guitar Man" is a 1967 song written by Jerry Reed, who took his version of it to number 53 on the Billboard country music charts in 1967.
Soon after Reed's single appeared, Elvis Presley recorded the song with Reed playing the guitar part, and it became a minor country and pop hit. According to Peter Guralnick in his two-volume biography of Presley, the singer 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 (though this romantic account is contradicted by a studio tape of the session that documents the first, second and fifth takes which are available on video-sharing website youtube.com). The single spent one week at number one on the country chart.
Thirteen years later, "Guitar Man" was re-recorded in a new electric arrangement, with Presley's original vocal left intact, and it was the last of his eleven number one country hits. The record also peaked at number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and was his last top-40 pop hit in the U.S.
Personnel (Elvis Presley versions)
- Elvis Presley – lead vocals
- Scotty Moore — rhythm guitar
- D. J. Fontana — drums
- Jerry Reed – acoustic lead guitars
- Chip Young – rhythm guitar
- Harold Bradley – rhythm guitar
- Charlie McCoy – rhythm guitar
- Floyd Cramer – piano
- Bob Moore – double bass
- Buddy Harman – drums
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||53|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||43|
|U.S. Cash Box Top 100||42|
|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|
|Dutch Top 40||39|
|Australian Kent Music Report||73|
- Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 8 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 273.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 504.
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