Jerry Jeff Walker

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About Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff Walker was a Texan by choice, not birth, but few artists better typified the mood of the Lone Star State's outlaw country scene and their fabled singer/songwriter community. His best work was literate and rowdy at the same time, with the wild, raucous mood of his performances balanced by a gift for a perceptive lyric that shone through despite his sometimes rough, plain-spoken vocal style, frequent witticisms, and a fondness for alcohol that marked his creative heyday. He's best-known as the writer of "Mr. Bojangles," an enduring pop classic he wrote at the beginning of his career, but he was a thoughtful interpreter of other people's compositions and a more intelligent and mature artist than his "gonzo" image suggested.

Oneonta, NY, United States
March 16, 1942
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