So far the cause of death of singer Jerry Jeff Walker has not been made public, however, he has been fighting throat cancer since 2017
The United States.- Jerry Jeff Walker, alias “The Gypsy Songman”, is the composer behind the classic song “Mr. Bojangles ”, who died on October 23 at the age of 78. The cause of Walker’s death has not been made public. However, in 2017, Walker began a fight against throat cancer.
Walker wrote his most famous song in 1969. It would later become a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Neil Diamond, John Denver, and Sammy Davis Jr. Walker told Lone Star Music magazine in 2012 that his favorite version of the song It was from Nina Simone.
He was born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, New York, on March 16, 1942, and began playing music in the area as a teenager. He left home to roam the country in the 1960s and spent time in Greenwich Village and Key West, Florida, in New York City before emigrating and settling in the Austin area in 1971, a region with which he became more widely associated.
He recorded country music albums for MCA and Elektra before launching his own independent label, Tried & True Music, according to his biography. The label and trading company were run by his wife, Susan.
Known for songs like his, “Gettin ‘By”, “Sangria Wine” and Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother”, they were followed with ballads like “Mr. Bojangles” and Gary P Nunn’s, “London Homesick Blues”.
In 2018, Austin American Statesman writer Peter Blackstock said Walker may have written more about the country’s social scene in the 1970s than he was credited with.
Jerry Jeff Walker, the notorious rowdy storyteller who left thousands of beer-drinking copycats and partiers in honky-tonk roadhouses across Texas in his wake, writing songs of social conscience. It’s not really that far-fetched, as it turns out, “Blackstock wrote.
Although Walker was known for his songs, he was credited with giving singer-songwriter Guy Clark his big break by recording “LA Freeway” and “That Old Time Feeling,” Blackstock wrote.
Walker was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017 but continued to work on songs and projects during his battle with the disease.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, their son, Django, and a daughter, Jessie Jane. Jerry Jeff Walker was 78 years old.