THE TWO NASHVILLE LEGENDS RACKED UP 120 CHART HITS, HELPED MAKE FILM SOUNDTRACK HISTORY AND EXPANDED COUNTRY MUSIC’S REACH
April 19, 2022 — Mojo Music & Media is excited to announce the acquisition of a 50% interest in the publishing catalog of acclaimed songwriter Bob Morrison as well as the writer share and master recording royalties of legendary writer, artist and actor Jerry Reed. As Mojo previously owned Reed’s publishing catalog, this additional acquisition gives them total control of the icon’s legacy of works. The Morrison deal includes such standards as Johnny Lee’s “Lookin’ For Love,” Kenny Rogers’ “Love The World Away,” Conway Twitty’s “Don’t Call Him A Cowboy,” Highway 101’s “Whiskey If You Were A Woman” and The Chicks’ “Tonight The Heartache’s On Me” and the Reed acquisition features three decades of hits including “Amos Moses,” “Guitar Man,” “A Thing Called Love,” “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” and “East Bound
In the three years during which Mojo has owned Reed’s publishing catalog, the company’s creative team has landed multiple syncs including “I Feel For You” in NBC’s Good Girls, “East Bound And Down” in a national advertising campaign for Hyundai and “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” in summer season spots for Chevrolet. The hot string of placements has continued this spring with “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” and “East Bound And Down” featured in Nissan’s NCAA March Madness spots, deep cut “I Shoulda Stayed Home” featured in A24 thriller X and “Guitar Man” appearing in Baz
Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis biopic.
According to Mark Fried, Mojo’s Co-Founder and CEO, “Our joint venture with Bob Morrison and 360 legacy deal with Jerry Reed’s daughters underscore Mojo’s commitment to partnering with the most beloved and influential songwriters and writer/artists in every genre. Bob and Jerry, through their envelope-pushing writing, musicianship and drive, helped Country music win millions of new fans and expand its influence in film and television and we’re proud to have already begun revitalizing their songs and amplifying their collective achievements.”
“I’ve had the good fortune to work with great music people. I have the same feeling about the folks at MOJO. They’re real song fans, we’ve got a true partnership, and I’m really excited about the adventure we’re about to go on” said Bob Morrison.
Said Lottie Zavala, Reed’s daughter, “Seidina and I are extremely grateful to Mark and everyone at Mojo for loving Dad and wanting to keep his music and memory alive. It means the world to us! And we couldn’t be more excited about all the media projects we’re working on together to make sure his songs and story continue to entertain and inspire future fans.”
Biloxi, MS-born Bob Morrison first explored careers in acting and as a recording artist before moving to Nashville in 1973 and setting his sights on songwriting. After signing with Combine Music and landing chart singles with Jerry Reed, Dickey Lee and Mel McDaniel, among others, “You’re The One” became a breakout hit for the Oak Ridge Boys in 1977 and was later adapted into national network promos for ABC. In 1979, “You Decorated My Life,” co-written with Debbie Hupp (a Mojo catalog writer), became a Kenny Rogers signature song. One year later, Morrison hit the jackpot, landing two songs on the soundtrack to the movie Urban Cowboy – “Looking For Love,” a #1 Country and #5 Pop single and the film’s theme song, and “Love The World Away,” a #5 Country and #14 Pop single. The soundtrack album, which became a massive hit topping triple platinum sales, is credited with reigniting popular interest in country music. Bob continued to write prolifically through the 80’s and 90’s, turning in a series of Top 5 hits including Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty’s “I Still Believe In Waltzes,” George Jones’ “Shine On,” Gary Morris’ “The Love She Found In Me” and Highway 101’s “Whiskey If You Were A Woman.” In all, Morrison has had over 350 songs recorded, including cuts with Ray Charles, B J Thomas, Bobby Goldsboro and The Carpenters, for whom “Make Believe It’s Your First Time” hit #7 Adult Contemporary in 1983. Morrison has seen more than 40 of his songs win ASCAP Country Awards and was named the PRO’s Songwriter Of The Year in 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1982. He was named NSAI’s Songwriter Of The Year in 1980 and inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2016.
Jerry Reed started his professional life at age 18, when Bill Lowery signed him to his first publishing deal. By the early 60’s, he’d moved to Nashville and was splitting his time writing songs for Brenda Lee and Porter Wagoner and playing sessions all over town. In 1967, Elvis Presley covered two Reed songs, “Guitar Man” and “US Male”, kickstarting Reed’s career as both a songwriter and artist. A series of albums cut for RCA in the late 60’s and early 70’s yielded a parade of hit singles including “Remembering”, “A Thing Called Love” (which later charted for Jimmy Dean, Ed Ames and Johnny Cash), “Talk About The Good Times”, “Georgia Sunshine” and “Ko-Ko Joe”. “Amos Moses” and “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” fully established Reed as a crossover success when they hit #8 and #9, respectively, on the Hot 100. Reed’s collaborative albums with fellow guitar legend Chet Atkins, including Me And Jerry, Me And Chet and Sneakin’ Around yielded such instrumental standards as “Jerry’s Breakdown” and “The Claw”, the latter of which highlighted his unique and highly influential guitar picking style. In the mid-70’s, Reed segued into acting, landing roles in such wide-release comedies and actioners as W.W. And The Dixie Dancekings, High Ballin and Hot Stuff, often co-starring with his friend Burt Reynolds. Reed both acted in and scored 1977’s Smokey & The Bandit, a hit movie and soundtrack which spawned the classic “East Bound And Down,” which spent 16 weeks on the Country singles chart peaking at #2. Reed won Grammy’s for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 1971 for his work on Me And Jerry and again in 1993 for Sneakin’ Around. He also won the Best Country Vocal Performance Grammy in 1972 for “When You’re Hot You’re Hot.” He was named the CMA’s Instrumentalist Of The Year in both 1970 and 1971 and inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2017. The Reed family was represented in the deal by Hal Willis, Founder & CEO of American Music Channel, Inc. and the former CEO of CMT.
The Morrison and Reed deals follow a series of major acquisitions Mojo concluded over the last year with some of country music’s most respected songwriters including Terry McBride, Tom Shapiro, George Teren and Pat McManus.