Country Legend Jerry Jeff Walker Dies Aged 78
The singer songwriter, who wrote late-'60s hit Mr. Bojangles, passed away on Friday, CNY News reported.
Jerry Jeff Walker, known as one of the founding fathers of modern Texas country music, has died at age 78, KTRK reports.
KTRK says multiple music sources familiar with the artist have confirmed his death.
Walker was known for songs "Gettin' By," "Sangria Wine," and Ray Wylie Hubbard's, "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother," "Mr. Bojangles," and Gary P. Nunn's, "London Homesick Blues."
Austin American Statesman writer Peter Blackstock in 2018 said that Walker might have written several country hits in the 1970s that he was never given credit for.
Walker was born on March 16, 1942 and spent time in New York City and Key West before coming to Austin in 1971, KTRK says.
The Austin area is the region people are most familiar of him. Walker discovered singer-songwriter Guy Clark with "L.A. Freeway," and "That Old Time Feeling," Blackstock wrote. Walker even worked alongside famed singer Jimmy Buffett.
"Jerry Jeff was kind enough to take me in and let me stay and live with him for a while," Buffett said. "I worked part-time in an auto repair garage, working on his car and then, when the car got fixed, we drove to Key West."
KTRK also says that Michael Martin Murphy and Gary P. Nunn also went on to successful solo careers after their time in Walker's Lost Gonzo Band.
In 2017, Walker was diagnosed with throat cancer and continued to work on his music. Jerry Jeff Walker was 78 years old.