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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Jerry Jeff Walker, the "Mr. Bojangles" songwriter and a pioneer of the "cosmic cowboy" sound that would evolve into outlaw country, died Friday after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 78.



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"Born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, New York, in 1942, Walker made his way south, living for a time in the Florida Keys and in New Orleans, where he took his stage name.

In 1971, he landed in Austin, Texas, and became a fixture of the local music scene, where artists like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Michael Martin Murphey were performing a new progressive style of hippie-country."

Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-10-24 04:45 PM | Reply

Jerry Jeff Walker Live - Mr Bojangles

"But it's "Mr. Bojangles" that gave Walker his greatest success and paved the way for him to record Viva Terlingua!. Written and recorded by Walker for his 1968 album Mr. Bojangles, the song became a Top 10 hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970, with artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Nina Simone, Neil Diamond, and Sammy Davis Jr. all recording versions.

Like the protagonist in "Redneck Mother," Walker himself was known for volatility, both onstage and off (the inspiration for "Mr. Bojangles" came from a chance meeting with a street performer in a New Orleans drunk tank).

His concerts were often unpredictable. "An act that was full of thrills and suspense" is how the late Texas journalist Bud Shrake described Walker's shows, comparing them to NASCAR races."

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2020-10-24 04:48 PM | Reply

The world just got a little colder and darker. Bless your heart Scamp, on your journey.

#3 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2020-10-24 09:57 PM | Reply

David Bromberg did an excellent version of the song.

Mr. Bojangles - performed by David Bromberg

From WikiPedia...

...His seven-minute rendition of "Mr. Bojangles" from 1972's Demon in Disguise, interspersed with tales about traveling with song author Jerry Jeff Walker, earned Bromberg progressive rock radio airplay....

"... I played guitar with Jerry Jeff for about two years, we did this song every night... this guy BoJangles was a street dancer in New Orleans... the drunk tank, where Jerry Jeff met him... Jerry Jeff propositioned the right woman at the right time in the wrong place, and her husband the bartender..."

Mr Bromberg's rendition of Jerry Jeff Walker's Mr BoJangles is one of my favorites...

R.I.P Jerry Jeff.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-25 11:39 AM | Reply

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