Jerry Jeff Walker
|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||country singer-songwriter americana alt-country texas|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Ronald Clyde Crosby, 16 March 1942, Oneonta, New York, USA. Although Walker initially pursued a career as a folk singer in New Yorks Greenwich Village, he first forged his reputation as a member of Circus Maximus. He left this promising group following their debut album, when a jazz-based initiative proved incompatible with his own ambitions. Having moved to Key West in Florida, Walker resumed work as a solo artist with Drifting Way Of Life, before signing with Atco Records when his former outlet showed little interest in his country/folk material. He enjoyed a minor hit with Mr. Bojangles, a tale of a street dancer Walker reputedly met while drunk. Although the singers own rendition stalled in the charts lower reaches, it became a US Top 10 hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and has since been the subject of numerous cover versions, including a lethargic one by Bob Dylan.
By the early 70s Walker was based in...