‘Mr. Bojangles’ Songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker Dead At 78
Legendary country singer / songwriter Jerry jeff walker, famous for writing one of the most iconic country / folk / pop songs of all time.
Jerry has had a story-rich career, but his crowning glory came when he was inspired after meeting a New Orleans street performer in a drunken tank. This interaction led to the song, “Mr. Bojangles ”, which he recorded in 1968. The song didn’t hit big until 2 years later when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded it and it became a huge hit.
“Mr. Bojangles” has become a staple for many singers who have covered it … Bob dylan, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil diamond, Harry belafonte, King Curtis, Dolly parton, Nina simone and more.
Jerry was born in New York in 1942 and spent a lot of time as a young adult in Greenwich Village in the folk scene in the 1960s. He emigrated in the 1970s to Austin and is considered a founding father of the scene. dynamic music of the city.
He had famous boyfriends, including Willie nelson, which hit big, but Jerry didn’t seem to want to stand out and was best known for his writing and his efforts to make Texas a musical force, which he did. He has, however, recorded 36 albums, including the impressive “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother”. He is considered one of the founding fathers of Texas country music.
Jerry helped form a few groups a few years ago, including the Lost Gonzo Band and a record company, Tried & True. He experimented with rock, blues and outlaw Mexican influenced music.
Jerry was a tough guy and made no secret of his addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Jerry revealed in 2017 that he had throat cancer and pneumonia, and it was so bad it looked like he might not be able to, but he was able to recover. His former publicist told TMZ that Jerry’s wife asked him 2 months ago to prepare an obituary. The publicist says Jerry died of cancer and related illnesses.
He released his last album a year later … “It’s About Time”.
Jerry married his manager, Susan, in 1974. He is survived by his daughter Susan Jessie Jane and his son, musician Django.
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