Sail On Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff Walker, a country singer-songwriter known for penning the hit “Mr. Bojangles,” has died at the age of 78 after a long battle with throat cancer.

It was Jerry Jeff who first drove Jimmy Buffett to Key West from Coconut Grove, Florida in a Packard. Walker and Buffett also co-wrote the song “Railroad Lady” while riding the last run of the Panama Limited.

In 1971, Walker moved to Austin, Texas, where he was riveted by the “rapidly-evolving music scene” thanks to its mix of country, rock, folk and blues, otherwise known as “progressive country” or “cosmic cowboy” music.

Walker had some trouble with alcohol and drugs, which his obituary notes led to his reputation of “rowdy performances and offstage excess.”

His recording career spanned 51 years and he released 36 albums, including compilations. He became known as a mentor to musicians such as Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Guy Clark, Todd Snider and Lucinda Williams.

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4 thoughts to “Sail On Jerry Jeff Walker”

  1. I’m so grateful that JB and Jerry Jeff went down the road! If not, would we all be parrotheads? Been trying to find a copy of the book Gypsy Songman. I’ll succeed! Ima 30 yr parrothead. since 1998 only missed 2020. Thanks Jimmy Buffett for all you do for all of us. Cabin Fever was great now the new options to take us to St Somewhere Else are appreciated! I dig songs You dont know by heart….challenge the keets! Before the Beach perhaps.

  2. Guess I’ll comment on my own gig. I’m so blessed that I linked to Jerry Jeff’s however I got here! Going to share with all my friends and family. I’ve seen Jerry on PBS but this Buffett connect is xtra groovy!!!!

  3. You’re so lucky jimmy b. And so are we parrotheads that you went on the A1A journey!!!! Thank you. I’ll listen to Jerry Jeff, as I do your tunes. Inter twined!!!

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