Musicians use single reeds that fit onto the mouthpiece of wind instruments such as clarinet or saxophone to produce sound. These rectangular-shaped reeds come in various sizes to fit different mouthpieces.
Reed joined Chet Atkins after leaving the Velvets and established himself as an established session player, leading him to get hits including 1970 number one “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”.
Early Life and Education
After becoming a high school senior, Reed started playing guitar in a local band called the Jades. Although their single did not chart nationally, this experience led him to pursue guitar as his instrument of choice.
Reed was introduced to finger style music by an Italian folk guitarist during the early 1980s, expanding his musical horizons considerably. Recording several albums of fingerpicking-style guitar music using both six string and twelve string instruments as well as their unique tuning system, this new direction was recorded onto several albums over time.
Reed became a regular on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour during the 1970s and released his greatest hit, Amos Moses (reaching number eight on the charts), during this period. Although Reed struggled with alcohol and drug dependency at times, eventually he managed to focus his energies solely on recording; three more albums were eventually issued during this period.
Reed began exploring themes of personal loss and newfound depth after the success of Amos Moses; this led him to create his 1975 release Growing Up in Public, though it may have been difficult for mainstream listeners. Yet its critical acclaim earned it critical praise.
Reed signed with Clive Davis’ Arista label in 1976 and released Rock and Roll Heart and Berlin simultaneously; these efforts were commercial successes while failing to capture much attention within the punk rock scene.
Transformer, his 1972 release produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, introduced Reed to new audiences through the trappings of glam rock music. It featured Walk on the Wild Side as its hit single and eventually proved one of his most commercially successful records.
Achievement and Honors
Musician Reed has made a profound mark on the music industry with his extraordinary talent. His ability to blend various genres creates an original and captivating sound that engages audiences worldwide, earning him numerous awards and honors from within his field.
These files in Series V contain manuscripts of Reed’s books, such as Between Thought and Expression, Pass Through Fire and PoEtry as well as his book-length poem written for The Raven tour in 2008.
Reed is not only an accomplished writer, but also a gifted musician and producer. He has collaborated with numerous artists on chart-topping hits while founding numerous charitable organizations that address important social issues. Reed remains active within the music industry while inspiring young artists to follow their passions.
Reed found his footing again during the 1970s by working hard at breaking away from drug use and finding stability again through albums like Growing Up in Public and working with guitarist Robert Quine on “Pretty Mary Sunlight,” two songs that helped refocus him.
Reed continued his career as an independent artist by writing, recording, and performing as a solo act. Additionally, he found time for film acting roles; one such was appearing as himself in Hanna-Barbera’s The New Scooby-Doo Movies where he performed Pretty Mary Sunlight while helping Scooby-Doo and friends search for his missing guitar.
Reed passed away peacefully at home in Novato on July 1, 2013, surrounded by friends and family. A musician and activist, his last years were spent campaigning for social justice and teaching vocal music lessons to children across Marin and San Francisco. He was 77.
Reed has made quite the name for himself as a musician in the music industry, working alongside notable acts like Jason Derulo, Lizzo, and Pitbull – helping build up an impressive net worth as a result.
Reed’s refusal to compromise his artistic vision for commercial success inspired generations of musicians and is widely considered one of the main contributors to modern rock music.
He left both a Manhattan apartment and Hamptons property to Laurie Anderson as part of his will, as well as a large collection of artwork and other valuables to Margaret Reed Weiner (his sister). All in all, his estate was worth an estimated $20 million – far greater than other singers/songwriters have left behind upon their deaths.