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Cancer battle ‘Mr Bojangles’ singer Jerry Jeff Walker dies aged 78

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Country singer Jerry Jeff Walker (Jack Plunkett/AP)

Country singer Jerry Jeff Walker (Jack Plunkett/AP)

Country singer Jerry Jeff Walker (Jack Plunkett/AP)

The legendary Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song Mr Bojangles, has died aged 78.

Jerry Jeff Walker died on Friday of cancer, family spokesman John T Davis said.

“He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other health issues,” Davis said.

He wrote ‘Mr Bojangles" for his 1968 album of the same title.

Since then, it has been recorded by many other artists, but is widely associated with Sammy Davis Jr, who made the song part of his stage shows and live television performances for nearly two decades.

It is also inspired the name of a certain club on Dublin’s Harcourt Street that was popular with an older crowd for years.

Walker emerged from New York’s Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s and he was a founding member of the band Circus Maximus.

He moved to Texas in the 1970s and in 1972 scored a hit with his version of the Guy Clark song LA Freeway.

Walker and the Lost Gonzo Band in 1973 recorded an album live in Texas called Viva Terlingua that became a classic of the country-rock scene.

Walker had since released more than 30 albums.


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