R.I.P. Jerry Jeff Walker – 10 good cover versions of “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

Jerry Jeff Walker died on October 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas, from throat cancer-related complications.

Here are ten good cover versions of his most famous song – Mr. Bojangles.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Jeff Tweedy

Nina Simone

King Curtis

Bobbie Gentry

Tom T. Hall

Dolly Parton

Cornell Dupree

Harry Nilsson

Neil Diamond

And three more..

Todd Snider w/ Jerry Jeff Walker, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires

Sammy Davis Jr.

David Bromberg

5 thoughts on “R.I.P. Jerry Jeff Walker – 10 good cover versions of “Mr. Bojangles”

  1. Egil, I love born to listen. This is the first time I can think you’ve ever fallen short.
    Arguably, you leave off the Todd Snider version with Isbell and Shires, since Jerry Jeff is on that version….but it is superlative.
    And maybe Sammy Davis Jr. isn’t the cup of tea for most of us on this site, but it is a gorgeous version.
    Thanks for your great site!

    1. I stand corrected.
      Bad research… had not heard the Snider, Isbell, Walker version. I will add this one.
      I’ll also throw in a Sammy Davis Jr. version 🙂

  2. I agree with Jayman (unrelated as that is my name) as to the fact that you are always spot on and terrific…that being said, there must be a reason you left off the David Bromberg live version….it might be the best version ever of this song

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