Country music legend Jerry Jeff Walker and ‘Mr. Bojangles singer-songwriter has died at 78


Walker emerged from the New York City Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s and was a founding member of the group Circus Maximus. He moved to Texas in the 1970s and in 1972 scored a hit with his version of Guy Clark’s song “LA Freeway.”Walker and the Lost Gonzo Band in 1973 recorded a live album in Texas called Viva Terlingua which has become a classic of the country-rock scene. Walker had since released over 30 albums.

In 1986 he formed the independent music label Tried & True Music and released albums under it.

Walker was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy, he told the American statesman Austin in 2018.

“I guess I took my singing for granted, and now I don’t,” he told the newspaper.

In 2017, it was announced that Walker had donated more than 100 boxes from his music archives to the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, including tapes, photographs, handwritten lyrics, and artifacts.

Walker’s survivors include his wife, Susan, son, Django, and daughter, Jessie Jane.


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