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Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff Walker, 2002
Background information
Birth name Ronald Clyde Crosby
Also known as Gypsy Songman
Born March 16, 1942 (1942-03-16) (age 66)
Genre(s) Country Music
Outlaw Country
Occupation(s) Country music artist
Instrument(s) Electric Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Years active 1967Present
Label(s) Tried & True Music
Associated acts Lost Gonzo Band
Jimmy Buffett
Django Walker
Website www.jerryjeff.com

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Biography

Walker was born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, New York. During the late 1950s, Crosby was a member of a local Oneonta teen band called The Tones. The band traveled to Philadelphia to audition for Dick Clark's American Bandstand, but were turned down. Members of the band found Dick Clark's house and were able to get a recommendation to audition at New York City's Baton Records through the company's lead producer Sol Rabinowitz. The band was given a recording contract, but the studio wanted a quintet backed by studio musicians, which left Crosby and another member out of their recordings. For other uses, see Oneonta. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... For other persons named Dick Clark, see Dick Clark (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Baton Records was an independent New York City based record label pioneered in the 1950s by record producer Sol Rabinowitz. ... Sol Rabinowitz was the founder and lead producer of Baton Records, an independent record label in New York City during the 1950s. ...


After high school, Crosby joined the National Guard, but his thirst for adventure led him to go AWOL and roam the country busking for a living in New Orleans and throughout Texas, Florida, and New York. He played mostly ukulele until Harriet Ottenheimer, one of the founders of The Quorum, got him settled on a guitar in 1963. He adopted his stage name "Jerry Jeff Walker" in 1966. He spent his early folk music days in Greenwich Village in the mid 1960s. He co-founded a band with Bob Bruno in the late 1960s called Circus Maximus that put out two albums, one with the popular west coast hit "Wind", but Bruno's interest in jazz apparently diverged from Walker's interest in folk music. Walker thus resumed his solo career and recorded the seminal album "Mr. Bojangles" with the help of David Bromberg and other influential Atlantic recording artists. He settled in Austin, Texas, in the 1970s associating mainly with the country-rock outlaw scene that included artists such as Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings, and Townes Van Zandt. Busking is the practice of doing live performances in public places to entertain people, usually to solicit donations and tips. ... The Quorum coffee house created a successful model for multicultural exchange in the politically and racially charged atmosphere of the 1960s. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Folk song redirects here. ... The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (IPA pronunciation: ), also called simply the Village, is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City named after Greenwich, London. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... Circus Maximus was a United States band in the late 1960s, who combined influences from folk music, rock, and jazz into a form of psychedelic rock. ... David Bromberg David Bromberg (b. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. ... Guy Clark on the cover of Keepers (1997) Guy Clark (born 6 November 1941) is a songwriter and performer who often performs in the country style. ... Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and musician. ... Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997) was a country-folk music singer-songwriter, performer, and poet. ...


"Mr. Bojangles" (written by Walker) is perhaps his most well-known and most-often covered song. It was about an obscure alcoholic but talented tap-dancing drifter, (not the famous stage and movie dancer Bill Robinson, as usually assumed). Bojangles is thought to have been a folk character who entertained informally in the south of the US and California, and some say he might have been one of the most gifted natural dancers ever. Authentic reports of him exist from the 1920s through about 1965. Artists from Neil Diamond to Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Philip Glass and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, have covered the song. Walker has also recorded songs written by others such as "LA Freeway" (Guy Clark), and "Up Against the Wall Red Neck Mother" (Ray Wylie Hubbard). Mr. ... Bill Bojangles Robinson (May 25, 1878 – November 25, 1949) was a pioneer and pre-eminent African-American tap dance performer. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actor. ... Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her stage name Nina Simone (IPA: ninɐ sʌmɞnɑ) (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was a fifteen-time Grammy Award-nominated American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is a three-times Academy Award-nominated American composer. ... For other uses, see Nitty (disambiguation). ... Ray Wylie Hubbard (born 13 November 1946 in Soper, Oklahoma) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ...


A string of records for MCA and Elektra followed Jerry Jeff's move to Austin, before he gave up on the mainstream music business and formed his own independent record label. Tried & True Music was founded in 1986, with his wife Susan as President and manager. Susan also founded Goodknight Music as his management company and Tried & True Artists for his bookings. A series of increasingly autobiographical records followed under the Tried & True imprint. Tried & True also sells his autobiography called "Gypsy Songman". In 2004, Jerry Jeff released his first DVD of songs from his past as performed in an intimate setting in Austin, TX. The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


He has interpreted the songs of others like Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark, Keith Sykes, Paul Siebel, Bob Dylan, Todd Snider and even a rodeo clown named Billy Jim Baker. Some have called Jerry Jeff the Jimmy Buffett of Texas. Oddly enough, it was Jerry Jeff who first drove Jimmy Buffett to Key West (from Coconut Grove, Florida in a Packard). Texas singer/songwriter, considered as a part of both the Alt Country and the mainstream Country music camps. ... Guy Clark on the cover of Keepers (1997) Guy Clark (born 6 November 1941) is a songwriter and performer who often performs in the country style. ... Paul Siebel was born in 1937 in Buffalo, NY. After serving in the military, he began playing folk clubs, eventually moving to Greenwich Village, where he found support in the coffeehouse circuit. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Todd Daniel Snider is a singer-songwriter born October 11, 1966 in Portland, Oregon. ... A rodeo clowns job can be quite dangerous - here a rodeo clown is being gored by a bull. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Jimmy Buffett tours Pearl Harbor with United States Navy Admiral Jonathan Greenert, June 12, 2003 James William Jimmy Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Map of Key West Key West is a city located in Monroe County, Florida. ... For people named Packard, see Packard (surname). ...


He has a son, Django Walker, who is also a musician. He also has a daughter, Jesse Jane. In addition to his residence in Austin, Walker has a retreat on Ambergris Caye in Belize where he recorded his "Cowboy Boots and Bathing Suits" album in 1998.


Walker has developed a style of music he calls "Cowjazz". The poignant “Eastern Avenue River Railway Blues,” is one of the best examples of this music. The song sounds like a cross between Bob Dylan and Harry Chapin, with lyrics that refer to the industrial area between Cincinnati's between Eastern Avenue and the Ohio river, just south of the tony Mount Adams area.


Members of his band have varied over the years. The Lost Gonzo Band and the Gonzo Compadres have backed him in the past. Key members of his band have included John Inmon, Freddie Krc, Gary P. Nunn, Bob Livingston, Michael Clarke, Bobby Rambo, Mitch Watkins, Steve Samuel, David Bromberg and others. He is presumably the "Jerry Jeff" in the song LUCKENBACH TEXAS when Willie Nelson sings,"Between Hank Williams pain songs / Jerry Jeff's train songs." The Lost Gonzo Band, founded in 1973, played and recorded with many of Texas most colorful musicians including Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. ... Gary P. Nunn is a Texas singer/songwriter. ... This article is about the politician. ... Michael Clarke (born Michael James Dick) (June 3, 1933 – December 19, 1993), was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the 1960s rock music group The Byrds from 1964 to 1968. ...


Jerry Jeff has an annual birthday celebration bash in Austin, Texas at the Paramount Theatre and at Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas. This party has become an enormous event in Texas and brings some of the biggest names in country music out for a night of picking and swapping stories under the Austin skyline. Jimmy Buffett attended the 2004 Birthday bash. His son Django also often accompanies him at these parties.


Discography

Year Album/CD Record Label Description
1967 Circus Maximus Vanguard with his band Circus Maximus
1968 Neverland Revisited Vanguard with his band Circus Maximus
1968 Mr. Bojangles Atco #6594, Rhino #R2-71518 Single recorded in Memphis June 7 and issued June 20, 1968 with Bobby Woods, Charlie Freeman, Sandy Rhodes, Tommy McClure, Sammy Creason, and a string orchestra. Re-issued on Rhino December 21, 1993.
1968 Mr. Bojangles Atco #33-259, Rhino #R2-71518 Album recorded July and August 1968 in NYC with David Bromberg, Gary Illingworth, Danny Milhon, Bobby Cranshaw, Jody Stecher, Donny Brooks, Ron Carter, Bill LaVorgna, and Jerry Jemmott. Issued September 25, 1968. Re-issued on Rhino December 21, 1993.
1969 Driftin' Way of Life Vanguard
1970 Five Years Gone Atco
1970 Bein' Free Atco
1972 Jerry Jeff Walker MCA
1973 Viva Terlingua MCA
1974 Walker's Collectibles MCA
1975 Ridin' High MCA
1976 It's A Good Night For Singing MCA
1977 A Man Must Carry On Featuring the single "Leavin Texas" by Dave Roberts & JJW MCA double album
1978 Contrary to Ordinary MCA
1978 Jerry Jeff Elektra/Asylum the red, white and blue album
1979 Too Old to Change Elektra/Asylum
1980 The Best of JJW MCA greatest hits, featuring the hit "Leavin Texas" by Dave Roberts & JJW
1981 Reunion MCA
1982 Cowjazz MCA
1987 Gypsy Songman T&TM/Ryko
1989 Live at Gruene Hall T&TM/Ryko live recording
1991 Navajo Rug T&TM/Ryko
1991 Great Gonzos MCA greatest hits
1992 Hill Country Rain T&TM/Ryko
1994 Viva Luckenbach T&TM/Ryko live recording
1994 Christmas Gonzo Style T&TM/Ryko
1995 Night After Night T&TM live recording
1996 Scamp T&TM
1998 Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits T&TM
1998 Lone Wolf: Elektra Sessions Warner Bros.
1999 Best of the Vanguard Years Vanguard
1999 Gypsy Songman: A Life in Song T&TM
2001 Gonzo Stew T&TM
2001 Jerry Jeff Walker: Ultimate Collection Hip-O Records
2003 Jerry Jeff Jazz T&TM
2004 The One and Only T&TM DVD

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External links


In concert in Fort Pierce, Florida on Feb. 23, 2007, Gordon Lightfoot cited Walker as one of the few fellows from back in his hey-day who could "stay up all night" performing.


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Jerry Jeff Walker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (737 words)
Jerry Jeff Walker (born March 16, 1942) is a country music singer.
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Jerry Jeff Walker has carved out an enviable career over the past three decades, creating great songs without ever compromising his music to suit the whims of the music industry.
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