Jerry Jeff Walker, Singer Who Wrote "Mr. Bojangles," Dies at 78

Jerry Jeff Walker
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Jerry Jeff Walker

His final album was 'About Time' in 2018. 

Jerry Jeff Walker, the country singer who wrote the 1968 hit "Mr. Bojangles," has died, according to a local report in CNY News. He was 78.

No cause of death was released.

Born Ronald Clyde Crosby in 1942 in Oneonta, New York, the singer adopted the stage name Jerry Jeff Walker in the mid '60s and played in bands including The Tones and Circus Maximus before pursuing a solo career as a folk and country artist.

"Mr. Bojangles," a song about a tap-dancing drifter, has been covered numerous times by the likes of Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Sammy Davis Jr., Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton.

Walker was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017. His final album was About Time in 2018.

He is survived by his wife and manager Susan Streit and their two children, Django Walker — who is a country singer — and daughter Jessie Jane.

Following Walker's death, tributes were posted on social media from fans, entertainment industry members and colleagues in the music industry.