Jerry Jeff Walker (Dead at 78) Biography: Wiki, Age, Career, Wife, Death Cause

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Who is Jerry Jeff Walker? Jerry Jeff Walker Bio/Wiki

The American country music singer and songwriter was Jerry Jeff Walker. He is best known for writing the “Mr. Bojangles” song in 1968. He was born on March 16, 1942.

Jerry Jeff Walker has died on October 23, 2020. He was 78 years old.

Age

He was 78 years old.

Career

his maternal grandparents performed square dances with his grandmother, Jessie Conroe, playing the piano, and his grandfather playing the violin. Crosby was a member of a local Oneonta teen band called The Tones during the late 1950s.

The group traveled to Philadelphia to audition for the American Bandstand of Dick Clark but were turned down. Band members found the house of Dick Clark and were able to get a suggestion from the company’s lead producer, Sol Rabinowitz, to audition at New York City’s Baton Records.

A recording contract was given to the band, but the studio required a quintet backed by studio musicians, leaving out their recordings for Crosby and another member (Gerald T. Russell).

Crosby joined the National Guard after high school, but his appetite for adventure led him to go AWOL and wander the country in New Orleans and all over Texas, Florida, and New York, always accompanied by H.R. Stoneback (a relationship referenced in “Stoney” in the 1970s).

Before Harriet Ottenheimer, one of the members of The Quorum, got him settled on a guitar in 1963, he mostly played the ukulele. In 1966, he adopted his stage name ‘Jerry Jeff Walker’.

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Other songs such as “LA Freeway” (Guy Clark), “Up Against the Wall Red Neck Mum” (Ray Wylie Hubbard), “The Heart of Saturday Night” (Tom Waits), and “London Homesick Blues” (Gary P. Nunn) were recorded by Walker.

On June 25, 2019, Jerry Jeff Walker was listed by The New York Times Magazine among hundreds of artists whose material was allegedly destroyed in the Universal Studios fire in 2008.

Wife And Children

In 1974, in Travis County, Texas, Walker married Susan Streit. They had two children: Django Walker’s son, who is also a musician, and daughter Jessie Jane. Walker has a retreat in Belize, on Ambergris Caye, wherein 1998 he released his album Cowboy Boots and Bathing Suits.

Death Cause

His cause of death, CNYNews.com reported, has not been released. Walker was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017, but in 2018, “It’s About Time,” Saving Country Music announced, he was able to recover and record his final album.

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