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Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr Bojangles


Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr Bojangles

Old 03-05-2012, 05:53 PM
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Default Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr Bojangles

So picture Mr. Bojangles in your head as you have over the last 40 years or so, and then read this:

Walker has said he was inspired to write the song after an encounter with a street performer in a New Orleans jail and does not refer to the famous stage and movie personality Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Walker said while in jail for public intoxication in 1965, he met a homeless white man who called himself "Mr. Bojangles" to conceal his true identity from the police. He had been arrested as part of a police sweep of indigent people that was carried out following a high-profile murder. The two men and others in the cell chatted about all manner of things, but when Mr. Bojangles told a story about his dog, the mood in the room turned heavy. Someone else in the cell asked for something to lighten the mood, and Mr. Bojangles obliged with a tap dance

Sort of shakes things up a little, huh?
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him and Guy Clark are Icon's in my music world!
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Walker's statement just makes the song that much better in my mind.
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Una mas cerveza, por favor...
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it's also richard nixon's favorite song
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¡Viva Terlingua! was my introduction to him. I wore out an LP and a Cassette. This was from a guy who grew up with the Beatles and Rolling Stones. It was the such a move away from the "Buck Ownens" style of music. Really caught my eye and ears.
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