Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Jerry Jeff Walker, Writer of “Mr. Bojangles,” Beloved Country Western- Pop Music Star, Dies at 78

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Jerry Jeff Walker has died at age 78. Kind of a wild Texas musician with a great talent for story telling in his songs, Jerry Jeff– whose real name was Ronald Clyde Crosby (Clyde is such a great name) — wrote the massive hit, “Mr. Bojangles.” he song launched the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whose rendition of it went to the top of the charts in 1970, two years after Jerry Jeff’s original recording. The song made Jerry Jeff so identified with the group, I always thought he was part of them. Shortly after the NGDB’s hit, Sammy Davis Jr. made the song his own, as well. From the stories you can read on Twitter and Facebook, Jerry Jeff lived his life the way he wanted, hard and fast. Two and a half years ago he was diagnosed with throat cancer and nearly died, but he persevered for as long as he could. Rest in peace, Jerry Jeff.

 

 

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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