1942 – Jerry Jeff Walker (Mr. Bojangles) is born…

Jerry Jeff Walker (Mr. Bojangles)

1942 – Jerry Jeff Walker (Mr. Bojangles) is born this day in rock histroy!

“Mr. Bojangles” (written by Walker) is perhaps his most well-known and most-often covered song. It was about an obscure alcoholic but talented tap-dancing drifter, (not the famous stage and movie dancer Bill Robinson, as usually assumed). Bojangles is thought to have been a folk character who entertained informally in the south of the US and California, and some say he might have been one of the most gifted natural dancers ever. Authentic reports of him exist from the 1920s through about 1965. Artists from Nina Simone to Bob Dylan, Philip Glass to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, have covered the song. Walker has also recorded songs written by others such as “LA Freeway” (Guy Clark), and “Up Against the Wall Red Neck Mother” (Ray Wylie Hubbard).

“Mr. Bojangles” (written by Walker) is perhaps his most well-known and most-often covered song. It was about an obscure alcoholic but talented tap-dancing drifter, (not the famous stage and movie dancer Bill Robinson, as usually assumed). Bojangles is thought to have been a folk character who entertained informally in the south of the US and California, and some say he might have been one of the most gifted natural dancers ever. Authentic reports of him exist from the 1920s through about 1965. Artists from Nina Simone to Bob Dylan, Philip Glass to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, have covered the song. Walker has also recorded songs written by others such as “LA Freeway” (Guy Clark), and “Up Against the Wall Red Neck Mother” (Ray Wylie Hubbard).

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