“the first time I set foot in Texas, particularly in Austin, I knew I was home.”
Jerry Jeff Walker was born March 16, 1942 (in upstate New York) he is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is associated with the “outlaw” country scene that centered around Austin, TX, in the 1970s.
“Mr. Bojangles” is perhaps his most well-known and most-often covered song, written for his debut album in 1968.
Walker was a hard drinker throughout much of his early career (his nickname was “Jacky Jack”), and this reputation became part of his identity. He’s since cleaned up his act, in part thanks to his wife, Susan, whom he married in 1974. He has continued to record into the ’00s.
His best known album, it is also his best by the way, is Viva Terlingua, recorded in 1973 in Luckenbach, Texas with the Lost Gonzo Band. The album went gold, and it’s still his best-selling record. His 70s output especially are highly regarded, sadly none of these albums are available on Spotify.
Happy Birthday Jerry Jeff Walker!