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The Death of Burt Reynolds . . . the Country Connection

September 7, 2018

Burt Reynolds may have been a huge movie star, but he never forgot his southern roots. He had lots of country star friends, perhaps none bigger than Dolly Parton, who posted a heartfelt tribute on Twitter. She wrote, "Oh how sad I am today. We will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy. I will always love you."

That "favorite sheriff" is Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, the character Burt played in their iconic 1982 movie, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas". (Here's the scene of them in the bedroom singing "Sneaking Around with You".)

Other country star tributes include: Reba McEntire, who reminisced about their TV movie "The Man From Left Field".  Big & Rich called him a "trailblazer and Hollywood legend." Travis Tritt loved his "good ole boy persona." And Charlie Daniels offered up prayers.

And here's a connection that might surprise you. Burt released a country album in 1973 called "Ask Me What I Am".  It was a dud, but that didn't stop him. 

He did a song in the "Smokey and the Bandit 2" soundtrack called, "Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial" . . . and it reached #51 on the "Billboard" country chart in 1980.  It's trite, twangy, he's off-key . . . and awesome.