جری جف واکر خواننده معروف آمریکایی در سن 78 سالگی درگذشت +عکس

Jerry Jeff Walker, who wrote Mr. Bojangles, dies aged 78 +pics

Jerry Jeff Walker a Texas country singer and songwriter, who had battled throat cancer three years ago, died aged 78.

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Jerry Jeff Walker a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song Mr Bojangles, has died aged 78, following a battle with cancer.

Representatives for Walker confirmed to Pitchfork that the singer died yesterday (October 23) of cancer-related complications.

Jerry Jeff Walker was most famous for his 1968 song ‘Mr Bojangles’, which was popularised a number of years later through a version by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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Since then, it has been covered by some of the biggest artists on earth, including Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, Nina Simone, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr. and more.

A host of musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker following news of his death.

Jason Isbell wrote: “One day I’d like to be an old man who dances onstage like John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker.” Prine, another country legend, died in April from coronavirus complications.

 

One day I’d like to be an old man who dances onstage like John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker.

— Jason IsBOO (@JasonIsbell) October 24, 2020

 

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American showrunner Brian Koppelman added: “I know that 90% of the people reading this never heard of Guy Clark or Jerry Jeff Walker. Go listen to JJW’s version of LA Freeway to get why they matter so much to the other 10%. Then dive deep into their cataloged. Rip JJW.”

I know that 90% of the people reading this never heard of Guy Clark or Jerry Jeff Walker. Go listen to JJW’s version of LA Freeway to get why they matter so much to the other 10%. Then dive deep into their cataloged. Rip JJW.

— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) October 24, 2020

Growing up and beginning his music career in New York in the 1960s, Jerry Jeff Walker moved to Austin, Texas the following decade and is considered to be a pivotal figure in the development of the now-world-famous music scene in the city.

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He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017 and released his final album ‘About Time’, the following year.

He is survived by his wife Susan Streit and their two children.

 

Sources:

https://www.nme.com/

https://metro.co.uk/

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