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Goodbye Mr. Bojangles

Posted By: Bogmaster

Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 05:11 PM

Singer songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker just passed away. He is best known for writing one of my favorite songs--Mr. Bojangles,which became a top 10 hit in 1971 when it was recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
RIP. Jerry Jeff.
Tom
Posted By: west river rogue

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 05:13 PM

Originally Posted by Bogmaster
Singer songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker just passed away. He is best known for writing one of my favorite songs--Mr. Bojangles,which became a top 10 hit in 1971 when it was recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
RIP. Jerry Jeff.
Tom

loved nitty gritty version!!!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-LVXR6rjXs
Posted By: AntiGov

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 05:13 PM

Posted By: KeithC

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 05:49 PM

I love the song "Mr.Bojangles".

"I knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you
In worn out shoes
Silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants
The old soft shoe
He jumped so high
He jumped so high
Then he'd lightly touched down
Mr Bojangles
Mr Bojangles
Mr Bojangles
Dance
I met him in a cell in New Orleans I was
Down and out
He looked to me to be the eyes of age
As he spoke right out
He talked of life
He talked of life
He lightly slapped his leg instead
He said the name Bojangles and he danced a lick
Across the cell
He grabbed his pants for a better stance
He jumped so high
He clicked his heels
He let go a laugh
He let go a laugh
Shook back his clothes all around
Mr Bojangles
Mr Bojangles
Mr Bojangles
Dance
We danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs
Throughout the south
We spoke in tears of fifteen years
How his dog and him
They travelled about
His dog up and died
He up and died
After twenty years he still grieves
They said I dance now at every chance and honky tonks
For drinks and tips
But most the time I spend behind these county bars
Cause I drinks a bit
He shook his head and as he shook his head
I heard someone ask please
Mr Bojangles
Mr Bojangles
Mr Bojangles
Dance
Mr Bojangles
Mr Bojangles
Mr Bojangles"

I especially love the verses about his dog, though they make me sad.

Keith
Posted By: KeithC

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 05:55 PM

"Mr. Bojangles" and "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" by Lynyrd Skynyrd always go together in my mind.



Keith
Posted By: TurkeyTime

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 06:01 PM

Yeah I heard that. One of my favorite songs. It was the nickname of my old dog.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 06:08 PM

RIP Me Bojangles and thank you for the great memories and the music .
Those of us who have looked the devil ( cancer ) in the eye and survived need to be thankful so many don't I hope and pray that changes sooner than later !
Allan
Posted By: Leftlane

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 06:14 PM

May he rest in peace. He sang at Gruene Hall every year until now. Texas will miss him.
Posted By: corky

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 06:49 PM

Now I'm going to be singing that song all day and remembering my college days.
Posted By: mole

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 07:06 PM

Mr . Bojangles St.Louis MO

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Posted By: 4zebra61

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 08:10 PM

Wasn’t Bill Robinson Mr. Bojangles?
Posted By: Kansas Cat

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/24/20 08:15 PM

The second time I saw him was at the Yellow Rose in Corpus Christi in the summer of 1981. He was drunker than a skunk and it was probably the best singer-songwriter show I have ever attended. RIP gypsy song man. I'll bet old Charlie Dunn has a pair of handmades already waiting for you. You'll be missed.
Posted By: Marty B

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/25/20 01:54 AM

Austin's Jerry Jeff Walker first introduced Jimmy Buffett to Key West in 1971. The latter was on the run from Nashville, recovering from his flopped first album, Down to Earth, and a recent split from his first wife. Walker had royalties to burn after the success of 1968 hit "Mr. Bojangles," so he hosted his protégé there, and in doing so fed right into his friend's familial seafaring background – fostering a Caribbean awakening that changed the course of Buffett's life.

Moreover, as Walker settled into the progressive country scene of Texas in the early Seventies, he connected Buffett to the burgeoning alternative to Music City.
Posted By: Bogmaster

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/25/20 02:10 AM

Yes,Bill Robinson was--Mr. Bojangles.
Tom
Posted By: Ron Marsh

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/25/20 11:48 AM

Prayers for all.
Posted By: 330-Trapper

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/25/20 12:00 PM

Rip
Posted By: T-Rex

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/25/20 01:09 PM

Originally Posted by Bogmaster
Yes,Bill Robinson was--Mr. Bojangles.

Robinson was known as Bojangles, but, the song, according to Wikepedia:
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The song "Mr. Bojangles"
Jerry Jeff Walker's 1968 folk song "Mr. Bojangles" has been misinterpreted as a song about Robinson. According to Walker, it was instead inspired by Walker's encounter with a street performer in the New Orleans first precinct jail, a street performer who called himself "Bo Jangles".[38] In the song, the street performer is a heavy drinker and has a dog that died. By Robinson's own account and those of his friends, he neither smoked nor drank (although he was a frequent and avid gambler),[10]:p. 121 and he never had a dog.
Posted By: Tom cat

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/25/20 01:11 PM

RIP
Posted By: sotired

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/26/20 10:59 AM

If I could just get off of that LA freeway without getting killed or caught.
Posted By: Trapset

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/26/20 11:18 AM

I went to see JJW in Omaha when I was a kid, 78’ or 79 I think. He was wearing a black T shirt that said “Disco Sucks” on it and no cowboy hat. He was so drunk he started the first song and switched to another in the middle. The opening band had to come out and play after Jerry’s attempt at the first song. We thought it was hilarious and had a great time anyway, well except for my buddy’s dad who drove us there.LOL

He sang like he lived and visa versa. RIP Jerry.
Posted By: Lugnut

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/26/20 11:23 AM

RIP
Posted By: Redknot

Re: Goodbye Mr. Bojangles - 10/26/20 11:28 AM

Bummer...Another good one...
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