Tuesday, September 2, 2008

RIP, Don LaFontaine and Jerry Reed

For those who may not have heard, the entertainment world lost two greats today: Don LaFontaine and Jerry Reed.

You may not know Don LaFontaine's name, but you certainly know his voice. LaFontaine has done voiceovers for over 5,000 movie trailers, as well as numerous television productions, in the last five decades. The man is a legend.

CNN has a story about his death, and MSNBC is running an Associated Press story.

MSNBC is also reporting the death of country music legend Jerry Reed. Along with being a singer-songwriter, Reed also acted, most notably appearing in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies.

I think the most fitting tribute to Don LaFontaine's and Jerry Reed's work is to post some examples of what they were good at.

First, a "Good Morning America" interview with LaFontaine:

And his excellent "5 Guys in a Limo" skit:

And here is a video of Jerry Reed performing "Wabash Cannonball":

And one of him performing "Amos Moses":

Two greats who will certainly be missed.

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