Jerry Jeff Walker dead at 78

Gonzo Texas musician Jerry Jeff Walker dead at 78 , he was known wider as the writer of the 1968 song, “Mr. Bojangles,” a tune he penned after meeting a homeless street performer while in a New Orleans jail cell for public intoxication.

He was born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, New York, on March 16, 1942 and began playing music in the area as a teen. He left home to roam the country in the 1960s and spent time in New York City’s Greenwich Village, New Orleans and Key West, Florida, before migrating and settling in the Austin area in 1971, a region he became most widely associated with, as the live music capital began to earn its reputation.

Jerry Jeff Walker, gonzo Texas musician dies at 78 - ABC13 Houston

While Walker was familiar to Texans as the purveyor of the Lukenbach sound, he was known wider as the writer of the 1968 song, “Mr. Bojangles,” a tune he penned after meeting a homeless street performer while in a New Orleans jail cell for public intoxication.

He was born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, New York, on March 16, 1942 and began playing music in the area as a teen. He left home to roam the country in the 1960s and spent time in New York City’s Greenwich Village, New Orleans and Key West, Florida, before migrating and settling in the Austin area in 1971, a region he became most widely associated with, as the live music capital began to earn its reputation.

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