Robert Earl Reed, Sr, Ph.D.
Robert Earl Reed has written over 800 songs, including You Sweet You, Fort Smith Arkansas Women, Don’t Take Me For Granted, I Say Woman, and the list goes on and on. During the summer while headlining a nightly show in Colorado, Reed wrote a new song during each performance while reeling in the audience’s participation.
Reed, who recently received his Ph.D. degree (communications), has lectured at several songwriter seminars. Like the show in Colorado, he gets the songwriting seminar participants involved, they write a new song at each seminar. Each time, every time.
Reed met Calvin Lane in an RV park Rio Grande Valley in south Texas (Calvin is a former Razorback football player and a retired high school football coach).
That evening in about 15 minutes and with the help of two other Razorback fans who were in the RV park, the song Razorback Memories came to life!
“That was so much fun,” Reed said. “Meeting Calvin and getting him involved.”
“Calvin didn’t want his name in the song, but I put his name in it anyway. He has meant so much to the Razorback athletic department as has many, many others,” Reed said.
Reed attended the University of Arkansas for three years, majoring in business. “I really enjoyed being a part of the University of Arkansas student body,” he said. “It is a wonderful university.”
His Grandpa Reed tagged him with a nickname when he was two years old; it came from a Zane Grey novel. Punjo (pronounced “Pun- Joe”). That nickname has stuck with him down through the years. He has entertained internationally, sharing the stage with such artists as Mel Tillis, Roy Clark, Jim Stafford, Moe Bandy, Anita Bryant, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leroy Van Dyke, Hank Thompson, and others.
Reed commented, “The music album ‘Razorback Country’ has done real well for us. Features on Razorback Country have appeared in several newspapers and magazines in Arkansas. The album (CD & Cassette) is in Wal-Mart, Hastings, and at Maximal Records (870) 269-5700 or (501) 733-9520. Reed is now working on an album of an eclectic mixture. Eclectic is a funny word, isn’t it? Use to be that word was Heinz 57!
Saturday, November 23, 2002 I lectured at a songwriters seminar at Ashley’s Music in Harrison with a large crowd on hand. Those participating and I wrote a new song at the conclusion of the seminar, and it is titled ‘My Mistake.’ It is a song about a person’s biggest mistake being that of falling for such a louse! (Should be a top country song, don’t you think? Ha!).”