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TunePlay - SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977) Bill Justis / Jerry Reed

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HAPPY 35TH BIRTHDAY "SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT"!!! Wealthy father / son businessmen, Big & Little Enos Burdette, offer legendary trucker, Bo "Bandit" Darville, $80,000 to haul 400 cases of Coors beer 1,800 miles from Texarkana to Georgia in a record 28 hour run. Why so much? - because trucking Coors across certain state lines is bootlegging. But it's a challenge the "Bandit" can't refuse. Driving "blocker" in a souped up Firebird Trans Am, "Bandit" and good buddy, Cledus "Snowman" Snow (wheeling the eighteen wheeler loaded with the shipment), make good time ... that is till picking up runaway bride Carrie ("Frog"); then finding themselves the object of a fast and furiously funny interstate manhunt carried out by dogged Texas "Smokey Bear" Sheriff Buford T. Justice and his son Junior, Carrie's jilted-at-the-altar fiance. Universal didn't have a great deal of faith in what some considered it's "cornpone" May 27th, 1977 release, originally intending to only distribute it to theaters throughout the southern U.S. But when boffo box office receipts began pouring in from major eastern and western American cities, the studio realized it had a bonafied cross cultural smash on it's hands. Released two days after STAR WARS, SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT not only managed to tally itself as the second highest grossing film of the year, but like STAR WARS, also managed to inaugurate a series of film and TV sequels, set off a national trend (CBs and trucker lingo), and spawn an extremely popular soundtrack album. Country music singer / songwriter Jerry Reed (who plays "Snowman") composed three vocals for the film: "The Legend" (the movie's "Main Title" ballad), "The Bandit", and the rollicking "East Bound And Down" which would become Reed's signature hit. It would also over the years so enshrine itself within American pop culture as to be referenced in TV series such as "My Name Is Earl", it's title taken outright for HBO's popular same-named baseball series starring Danny McBride, and re-recorded by artists as varied as Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops to the rock band, Tonic. The instrumental score is by Bill Justis, who had a #2 Billboard hit single in 1957 with the tune "Raunchy", and who was also a producer at the legendary Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, where he arranged and lead studio bands for (among others) Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Oddly enough, in spite of the popularity of the film's songs and score, with the exception of a limited edition CD released to members of a Trans Am auto club back in the 1980s, and one song available on iTunes' "The Essential Jerry Reed", the SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT soundtrack has to this day only been available from Universal / MCA on old school vinyl and cassette tape. Our music suite is taken from the analog LP ... which still sounds pretty damned good in spite of being 35 yrs old. "We're eastbound and down, good buddy!" - CEJ 1) East Bound And Down - Vocal: Jerry Reed (0:00 of 14:15) * Incl. CB Dialogue - "Bandit" and "Snowman" 2) Foxy Lady - B. Justis (4:41 of 14:15) 3) CB Dialogue - "Bandit", "Snowman", and "Smokey" (7:35 of 14:15) 4) Orange Blossom Special - E. Rouse / Arr. - B. Justis (8:30 of 14:15) 5) The Bandit - Vocal: Jerry Reed (11:13 of 14:15) For more "TunePlay" mini movie music suites go to http://www.gullcottageonline.com/TunePlay-ClarkeApril_12.html "Bear Mann" is the YouTube channel of The GullCottage/Sandlot, a film blog and growing reference library "Celebrating The Art of Cinema, ... And Cinema As Art" Visit us at: http://www.gullcottageonline.com For more on SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT - the film, go to http://www.gullcottageonline.com/Lobby_Cards__Smokey.html All rights held by copyright owner. Presented here for educational and criticism purposes only.