Jerry Jeff Walker

  • Born: March 16, 1942
  • Died: October 23, 2020
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Jerry Jeff Walker

"Mr. Bojangles" singer and songwriter

Jerry Jeff Walker was a singer and songwriter best known for his enduring composition, "Mr. Bojangles." For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Jerry Jeff is just taking the Gonzo Circus to a different city that's all. See you down the road cowboy!

Posted by James Pruett - Bertram, TX - friend   January 02, 2021

Jerry Jeff saw you live many times and loved every performance.

Posted by Mark Worth - Livermore, CA   January 01, 2021

I first heard about Jerry Jeff the end of the 70s. I broke up with my girlfriend and was heartbroken Jerry had an album out called a man must carry on it helped get me over it. Turn me loose I'll never be the same!!! Love you Jerry jeff. Timmy d sloan

Posted by Tim Sloan - Rushville, IN - friend   December 24, 2020

Jerry Jeff. Probably one of the greatest songwriters ever. Came to our college, Bemidji State U, in 1976. Was hooked. JJW was a great American poet! Will be so greatly missed.

Posted by Moe Mandrell    December 13, 2020

I was introduced to JJW back in the 80's by my good friend Dave, we traveled from nearby Delhi to hear him a few times in Oneonta and NYC. Never will forget his show at Damaschke field in the 90's or at the Oneonta Theatre several years later. I always hoped to attend one of his Birthday Bash's but never made it, but I consider myself fortunate that I was able to attend several of his shows. RIP JJW and keep on playing.

Posted by Todd    December 10, 2020

Was introduced to Jerry Jeff music on my 20th birthday. Since that time, your music has helped form a part of the soundtrack for my life.

Thank you for the songs, the memories they bring, and for the introduction to Belize.

Posted by Kevin Bradley - West Bloomfield, NY   December 07, 2020

I Met him in a.....actually at the Yellow Door Coffee house in Montreal - 1968...He already had a 3 or 4 page printed list of all the places he had played. Saw Jerry Jeff as often as I could....even after moving to Calgary, caught him there a few times - then moved further west and saw him play the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.
The world is short one bright shining star......a one of a kind talent.
Sincere condolences to Susan, Django, and Jessie......

Posted by Peter Grant - Saltsland Spring Island, BC - acquaintance   November 29, 2020

I had the honor of serving as Jerry Jeff's touring sound company for many years during the mid-70s. My crew and I listened in awe many nights from just off-stage to the collective musical genius Jerry Jeff and the multi-talented Lost Gonzo Band exhibited. Long ago I lost connection with the Austin music scene. With great sadness just yesterday I learned of Jerry Jeff's death. To Susan and family, we share your loss...your pain. Jerry Jeff was an icon to the musical world and a loving friend to those who knew him well. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Mike Simpson - Dallas, TX - coworker   November 23, 2020

Loved Jerry Jeff's songs, concerts and humanity. You will be forever loved and treasured. My prayers for you, Susan, Jessie and Django + your extended family and friends.

Posted by Dan    November 23, 2020

Amazing music, you will be missed. "Change is the most natural thing and Life is mostly attitude and timing" Jerry Jeff Walker Dinosaur Blues. Loved you and your music.

Posted by Joanne Holley - Frohna, MO   November 19, 2020


Rest in peace Jerry Jeff Walker! You and your music will be missed! I remember you when you lived in Oneonta, and would come to my parents restaurant with your dad in Sharon Springs, NY.
Love, Kathy (Bautochka) Venette

Posted by Kathy Venette - Sharon Springs, NY   November 13, 2020

My wife and I have been fans of JJW since the early 70’s. Anytime he performed in the Midwest we would usually be in the audience. When the Birthday Bashes started in Austin, we attended many and twice did Belize. We’ve indoctrinated children, friends and grandchildren to love “The Wayward Way of Life” and we’ll cherish the memories for a long time while we continue to listen to his music.

Posted by David Martin - Friend   November 11, 2020

Was introduced to Jerry's music by a roommate shortly after seeing John Prine at Hamilton College. Grew to love his music and after moving to the Albany NY area was surprised no one knew him (Oneonta), no obit in local papers. Sad. Miss you buddy.

Posted by David N    November 09, 2020

Saw him in Houston and Austin every chance I could. Wanted to take one of his cruises, never got to it. Gonna miss you Jerry. RIP

Posted by Ron Patton - Acquaintance   November 09, 2020

Jerry Jeff, your music made my life just a little more happier.

Posted by Brian Turner - Friend   November 08, 2020


ADDIO TO A LEGENDARY COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER TO YOU !!!!!!!!!! SIR PSALMS 23:01-23:3:00 ........ MARK 1:08-1:11 !!!!!!!!!!! MATTHEW 26:05-26:75 ............ & SAMUEL 1:17:57 .........

Posted by GIANNA FALLON - NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI   November 07, 2020

Great songwriter who will be missed@

Posted by Nan Duckworth - Acquaintance   November 07, 2020

We miss you Jacky Jac!

Posted by Michael - Friend   November 06, 2020

RIP, great artist. Condolences to the family.

The Old Faces

Your time on earth was not enough
to dance and write and sing,
From your short dream, you just woke up,
to a New Life, Eternal Spring.
You got to meet your friends again,
The old faces with their laughter and their smiles,
You’ll walk together through the stars, dancing in the rain,
a million years, a million miles,
with your guitar and cowboy hat,
playing for angels your new song,
(a new-old star is born imagine that!)
and all your friends playing along.

Marius Alexandru, 11/05/2020

Posted by Marius Alexandru - Chicago, IL   November 05, 2020

Prayers and love to the family. Jerry Jeff's music and easy going approach to life has influenced my life for over thirty years. He was my favorite artist. God bless!

Posted by Jeff Sellers    November 05, 2020


Deepest condolences to the Walker family, many, many friends, and fans. Mr. Jerry Jeff Walker song "Mr. Bojangles" is a song that many will NEVER be forgotten. May the God of comfort bless your grieving hearts with strength, loving kindness and peace as the world copes with loss the of Mr. Walker. May his music keep his memory alive forever.

Posted by Tony - DC   November 04, 2020

Jerry jeff provided so much entertainment for for me and my family all the while our children were growing up. He was our “go to” performer. He sang at my daughters wedding, played at so many of our parties, soothed our souls when we were blue. He helped create and is a part of many wonderful memories, he was truly one of a kind. There will always be a void in our hearts but fortunately he left us with a big part of himself through the wonderful music he left us! Thanks so much Jerry Jeff!

Posted by Mike Hornback - Morgan, KY - acquaintance   November 03, 2020

I have been a long time fan. I'm so sorry for this loss. His music and concerts always made me feel like a friend. (((Hugs)))

Posted by Susan Bonin - Acquaintance   November 02, 2020

You rocked here, and you're Rockin' up there, Jerry ! You're mucho loved and missed. Condolences to family❣❣❣

Posted by Kim Holland - Austin, TX - friend   November 02, 2020

Sincere sympathy to Susan, Django, Jesse and family. Unfortunately it was through his death that I came across his music. I did hear Mr Bojangles but didn't know he wrote it. I have listened to his music every day since and regret now not having known his music before. What an amazing guy. Long will his memory live on. RIP Mr Songman.

Posted by Mary Day Lavelle - Inishbofin.Galway. Ireland   November 02, 2020

In 1974, I was taking my 1 year old for a stroll on Memorial Drive in Boston when I heard the song Charlie Dunn on WCAS radio station. My first inclination was what was That? The next week Jerry Jeff was appearing at the Harvard Square theater with B W Stevenson. Stayed for both shows. I became a fan for 47 years. RIP, you were remarkable.

Posted by Keith Goodman - Friend   November 01, 2020

Rest in peace Jerry Jeff Walker enjoyed your music pretty much You're one of the best

Posted by Jim loraca    November 01, 2020

Jerry Jeff has been part of all my teen and adult life. Good, bad, flush or draw. He'll be missed but never forgotten ! Viva JJW.

Posted by James Pruett    November 01, 2020

Followed JJW for 50 years from New England to Texas. The end of an era. First saw him open for Willie in Portland, ME, in my 20’s. Last saw him at the Birchmere right before he announced his cancer in my 70’s. He and Django were fantastic!! Little did we know that would be our last road trip to see him. My favorite place was Gruene Hall in TX. Second weekend in December. Flew from Maine many times to see him. RIP JJW!! Condolences to Susan and his family.

Posted by Karla Swasey - Winthrop, ME - friend   November 01, 2020

I have enjoyed Jerry Jeff's music, wit, and philosophy since the early 70's. Seen him play in bars, music halls, and opera houses! Shared a hometown (Vernon) with his wife Susan. Ain't got the words to say what a huge impact he has had on my life. Smiles, tears, and waves to his family.

Posted by Paul Pearce - Friendswood, TX   November 01, 2020

Mr. Bojangles was a big hit for us growing up in the 70's. He will be sorely missed by family, friends and most certainly by his fans.

Posted by Cindy Hardee - Friend   November 01, 2020

What a great songman,and NEVER the wrong man

Posted by vincent griffin - dollard des ormeaux, QC   November 01, 2020

I imagine you, Mr. Bojangles, and his dog being together and the dancing and singing you’ll enjoy. Thank you for the stories and for being the joyous storyteller.

Posted by Michele Moon - Friend   November 01, 2020

I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Me, my two brothers, and all my friends always saw Scamp (going back to the 70's) whenever he played in NYC. Kenny's Castaways, Lone Star Café, Bottom Line and so many other venues. So many great memories. His voice brought us the Rio Grande in song and in spirit. Now JJ and Bojangles are One, perhaps they always were.
I knew a man JJW and he danced and played for you in worn out shoes. He talked and sang about life and helped you forget your blues!
Now there's a picture of my face on the window pane, is it tears I see or is it rain : (

Posted by Greg Gallaro - Colts Neck, NJ   October 31, 2020

We were saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. Our deepest condolences to all of his family. Vince, our nephew, and good friend of Django, is
deeply saddened by Jerry's passing. He was loved by so many people world-wide. May all of your beautiful memories keep his spirit alive in your hearts forever...he's just a memory away, and we know you have many! Mr. Bojangles will live on in the hearts of many!

Posted by Mary and Neil Alexander - Woodbridge, VA   October 31, 2020

Sweet blessings Jerry Jeff, Susan, son Django, and daughter, Jessie Jane. They were my neighbors for several years on Lorrain St. in Austin. He even signed my old 8-track tapes of him and the Lost Gonzo band. Introduced me to all the Icons of Texas Country Music. God Bless you and yours...

Posted by kevin kanz - Neighbor   October 31, 2020

Jerry Jeff and Susan were my neighbors for many years. My greatest thrill was when he signed my 8-track tape... Sweet blessings Susan and all who loved him...

Posted by Kevin Kanz - Neighbor   October 31, 2020

Rest in peace, you're already a legend. Now you can play sing your song to all eternity.

Posted by Juan M. Lopez - Fort Atkinson, WI - friend   October 30, 2020

The world lost a great great man! I was turned on to him stealing some listens from my older brother's albums when no one was around. Something about this guy in the cowboy hat I liked. Turned my wife on to his songs on long car rides. Took her sister and brother in law to a show at the Zoo Amphitheater and they wondered "why are we going to see this old grey haired guy"? They never missed another show. We never missed a show again except for the time they didn't bring him back, and boy did they get an earful for months! Our first zoo show, whos' behind us, my older brother who's albums I scratched forty years earlier. His passion for entertaining as only he could was off the charts. There are all of JJW Zoo Amph shows then there was the Prince half time show, in that order!! Other than the two or three songs he had to play, every year the songs were different, all favorites! He damn near died of heat and humidity one year, while the band and Django filled in, he could have gone to the hospital or back to the hotel, no one would have blamed him, but he came back out and finished rocking the house. Such an awesome entertainer! Will be greatly missed in Minnesota, it was the first thing on our summer calendar every year. We will be hosting another very special JJW garage party soon and hopefully you can bring a lineup for a JJW memorial jam to the Zoo every summer! The entire JJW family is in our thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Buckaroo, St Paul, MN    October 30, 2020

RIP. Jerry Jeff(Ron Crosby) was a classmate, the class of 1960, from Oneonta High School. My condolences to Jerry Jeff’s family and to all his fans.

Posted by Frank Colone - Saratoga Springs, NY - classmate   October 30, 2020

rip. the lord broke the mold after you picked up a guitar!

Posted by paul burgess - Friend   October 30, 2020

Never saw him live and I regret not taking the time to do so! Big fan and I don't think we'll see another Jerry Jeff in a long long time! R I P Mr Walker! Condolences to the Walker Family!

Posted by Mark Phaneuf - Boston, MA - acquaintance   October 30, 2020

I first started listening to Jerry Jeff when
Ridin’ High came out. (1975). Loved your music, raised my girls listening to JJ. I was lucky enough to go to 3 Birthday Bash weekends. Was able to meet JJ and Susan for brief conversation. Loved when he’d come to the amphitheater at the mn.Zoo. JJ’s music got me through happy times,and hard times in life. For me it’s like losing a friend of 40 plus years. Rest In Peace Gypsy Songman. Heaven got a great one!! My heartfelt sympathies Susan, Dijanjo and Jesse

Posted by Jan Eulberg - Hudson, WI - friend   October 29, 2020

One of my favorite old time singers, I was devastated to hear we lost such a talented singer/songwriter. He will be missed dearly.
He is the reason I have rings on my toes.

Posted by Karon Domek - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - acquaintance   October 29, 2020

I've been a Jerry Jeff French Fan since 1978, the year of the release of "Contrary To Ordinary". A couple of months ago, he replied to a post that I wrote on his FB Page. After all these years, he realised that he had a "Tried and True" Fan in France. I'm so glad he knew that. My brown eyes are cryin' and I think I'm gonna dance naked in that High Hill Country Rain tonite. We'll never meet in this world but I'm sure he'll sing Mr Bojangles just for me in the empty dance room on the other side. It's too much tonight. Adios for now Gonzo Compadre. Au revoir, Monsieur Gypsy Songman ! Jean-Pierre, Ol' Cosmic Cowboy in TexaFrance.

Posted by Jean-Pierre VIEU    October 29, 2020

What a talent! He was not only a great singer, songwriter and entertainer he made everything fun! His concerts were performed like everyone was family1 I will miss his smile, his voice and his talent! One of a kind! He will forever be missed! My deepest condolences to his family and friends! It is a sad day for us all.

Posted by Linnie - Friend   October 29, 2020

My condolences to the family. I loved the song, Mr. Bojangles, and many of us, will remember him for writing it. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort, the family, during these difficult times.

Posted by A friend   October 29, 2020

Farewell old buddy! You met me but never knew me. I, like many, have been singing and sharing your songs for , it seems a lifetime. I met you with jalapeno Sam Lewis when I was Miss armadillo! What a title!!! Anyway, I’ve lived your songs, sing your life and that’s about it! I took your advice a long time ago when I told you I was a female version of you! You said “don’t hurt yourself darlin!”
My thought are with the wonderful family you have . RIP
Forever in my adventures

Posted by Gail Starr - Carefree, AZ - acquaintance   October 29, 2020

Thanks! Thanks for everything.

Posted by Charlie Bishop - Austin, TX - acquaintance   October 29, 2020

It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone

Posted by Rhinestone Ray - Parts Unknown, HI   October 29, 2020

First saw him perform back in the 70's. A pretty little Austin girl took me to see him. Didn't manage to keep her but got hooked on Jerry Jeff for life. To me he is a national treasure. My prayers to the family.

Posted by Phil Nevore - Oklahoma City, OK   October 29, 2020

So many memories running thru my mind of our summers in Oneonta. Annick and I send our sincerest condolences to Susan and family. "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when", but I'll bet it will be in the back of Clyde's old pick-up truck.

Posted by Mike Patton - Friend   October 29, 2020

My condolences go out to the Walker family. So sorry for your loss. He will be missed by family and friends.

Posted by LeeRoy    October 29, 2020

Thank you for giving us such beautiful and touching music. Your talent gave so much joy . Your job on earth is done. Fly with the angels now. You will have good company on the other side. Rest in peace

Posted by Jan Stephens - Wake Forest, NC   October 29, 2020


Your music is perfection. you touched my heart with love faith hope excitement. I was blessed to see you preform in ft Collins Colorado. Keep on keeping on in Heaven

Posted by R Branson - friend   October 28, 2020

I was first introduced to JJW by a friend in high school and purchased my first album Ridin' High, and listened to it over and over and over. At one point I think I owned almost everyone of his albums, and loved his art for story-telling and being his authentic self, sharing the people he knew, the miles he'd been and the wild things he'd done. I was saddened to hear of the passing of an alternative country legend, and know I will miss knowing he's still out there yodeling and carryin' on. Bending a knee and hat's off to Jerry Jeff, and my condolences to your family, friends and fans on your loss.

Posted by Doug Eischens - Apple Valley, MN - acquaintance   October 28, 2020

I was introduced to Jerry Jeff Walker and his music by accident when I purchased Viva Terlingua on a whim. So glad I did as Ihave been a fan of his music, stories, and how they impacted my life since the 70's. My sympathies and prayers go out to the entire family. JJW will continue to live on in our hearts.

Posted by Chuck Hawkins - Green Bay, WI - friend   October 28, 2020

My condolences to Jerry Jeff's family. Jerry Jeff, I listened to and enjoyed your music for 5 decades. Love your voice, stories, and band. Thanks for all the great music. RIP, Jerry Jeff.

Posted by Tom McCord    October 28, 2020


RIP Jerry Jeff Walker. Your Great Music will live on! You will be greatly missed.

Posted by Theresa Jones - Arlington, TX - friend   October 28, 2020

Worked for Susan and Jerry for many years he will be sadly missed JJ was one of a kind.

Posted by Steve and Epi Goldstein - Friend   October 28, 2020

With heartfelt sympathy to the Walker family and friends for your loss. May you feel the comfort God gives at this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   October 28, 2020

I grew up in Cleveland where I first heard Jerry Jeff. I moved to Houston in 1975 to continue College at The U of H.
From then on I saw he at least once a year. In 1986, I moved the Fam to Austin where I was able to see him more than once a year until 2014 when I became disabled.
I will miss him and that whimsical smile.
I have his full catalog on vinyl so, will have his music close to listen to.
RIP Mr. Walker. God Bless Susan and the rest of your Family.

Posted by Ron Patton - Round Rock, TX - friend   October 28, 2020

Sad to learn of Mr. Walkers passing. Thanks for his great songwriting and handing down such a timeless piece in Mr. Bojangles. God Bless.

Posted by Steve Ashley, Winston-Salem, NC    October 28, 2020

Such wonderful music that will never be forgotten, heartfelt condolences to the Walker family, may God be with all of you as you go through this most difficult time of your loss.

Posted by A friend   October 28, 2020

Your songs are sound of my life.
Thank you.
A prayer is my song for you.

Posted by Marina Rampa    October 28, 2020


Nobody influenced me musically more than Jerry Jeff... I met him a couple of times and unwittingly wound up at his home one day... each of these times I was so much in awe I didn't know what to say... he was, and will always be my hero... I will always... with great respect... love this man... my most sincere condolences to his family and his friends.

Posted by SW La Follett - Austin, TX - acquaintance   October 28, 2020

His music meant so much to me and my friends! It was the background for so many of our good times. Thanks for your contributions and for your spirit, JJW. tpw

Posted by Tom Wensinger - San Antonio, TX   October 27, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Jerry Lee Moman - Acquaintance   October 27, 2020

Vaya con dios Amigo, we will jam again in that big Armadillo World Headquarters in the Sky...

Posted by Jerry Lee Moman - Acquaintance   October 27, 2020

Dear Jerry, my family have loved you and your music, for years. You will always be a part of us. Never missed a concert in my area. Even your audiences were always cool. Carry on dear friend. Your music lives on in us. Please tell Gram Parsons hello for us.

Posted by Rebecca Storey - Pomona, CA - friend   October 27, 2020

R.I.P Jerry, I loved you and your music. Listened to Viva Terlingua
hundreds of times, and saw you in concert! Gettin' By 's My Stock and Trade

Posted by neal hidalgo    October 27, 2020

Thank you Jerry jeff for all the beautiful music that you wrote and played and sang. You filled our hearts with joy and sadness and all the emotions of life that you experienced. I've been a fan of yours my whole life after hearing LA Freeway and Bojangles in the late 60s. Rest in peace.

Posted by Jay Sills - Newport Beach, CA   October 27, 2020

God must be putting the greatest choir together getting all the good ones ready for the big concert of all christ returning

Posted by A friend   October 27, 2020

Thank you Jerry Jeff, RIP.

Posted by Jeff Pennette - Breckenridge, CO   October 27, 2020

“ Mr. Bojangles “ was a very catchy song to dance to,sing with and to do everyday chores to. Sincere condolences to the family of Mr.jerry Jeff Walker. May the God of comfort and peace strengthen you during this difficult time.

Posted by JE Sowell    October 27, 2020

I have been a fan of yours since the 70 ! Seen you in concert many times. RIP Jerry Jeff ! You were the best country western gonzo that ever was !!!!

Posted by Susan Johnson - Highlands Ranch, CO - friend   October 27, 2020

One of the greatest artists. What a poet and entertainer? I have most of his music, he will live on with me. He is in the comfort of the Lord now.

Posted by John Petty - Marina, CA - friend   October 27, 2020

Mr. Jerry.
Loved "Bojangles," it was heard
hundreds of times in places one wouldn't think. I sang it all the time; washing dishes, making the bed, bath, combing my hair, etc. LOVED THIS CATCHY SONG.
Now you'll.hesr it in Heaven.
RIP Mr. Jerry, you deserve to rest now. God knows best.
Keep singing.

Posted by A friend   October 27, 2020

RIP Mr.Bojangles ! Never Forget

Posted by Deanna Stevens    October 27, 2020

Very nice man. Very engaging. I had the opportunity to see him perform in large and small venues over the past 20 years several times. My condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Posted by Brian Appleton - Harrison, NY   October 27, 2020

Couldn't wait to attend a weekend birthday bash when I stopped teaching in 2000. Was not disappointed by any of Jerry Jeff's performances and we were able to attend several more. His music has helped me thru several
dark times. Will be listening to his albums today. Heartfelt thoughts and
prayers to his family.

Posted by Jean - Friend   October 27, 2020

My condolences to Susan and Django.

We lost a beacon of Texas but we now have another star in heaven.

Linda Wynans

Posted by Linda Wynans - Acquaintance   October 27, 2020

My condolences to his friends and family I was a great fan of his musical talents in his community service to preserve music in history

Posted by David P Call - Neighbor   October 27, 2020

My condolences to his friends and family I was a great fan of his work may he rest in peace

Posted by David P Call - Friend   October 27, 2020


Your songs will be remembered.

Posted by Stephanie Schell - Lakewood, NY   October 27, 2020

Jerry Jeff so much influenced my music style. I wore out his albums and cassettes back in the day. Ride high and sing out loud, brother.

Posted by Craig Murdock - Prescott, AZ - friend   October 27, 2020

I had the opportunity to meet Jerry Jeff after his concert in Las Vegas back when I was in college. I was in Austin a short time later playing in a golf tournament at Austin CC and he even came out to watch me tee it! A great man who’s music will be missed almost as much as the man himself. Thinking of you, Jessie and your entire family. Much love to you all.

Jeremy Anderson

Posted by Jeremy Anderson - Las Vegas, NV - friend   October 26, 2020

He may not have written "L.A. Freeway," but the meaning he put into the line, "Love's a gift that's surely handmade," will live forever.

Posted by Albert Alioto - San Francisco, CA   October 26, 2020

Jerry Jeff was a legendary memory for my daughters as their dad and I played his songs to Texas and back to Virginia on summer road trips in the ‘80s. Loved joining them as they sang along with me at the Birchmere, the Broken Spoke, Guerne.... So Well So Well So Well.... all the well up there.

Posted by Ann Barnett - VA - friend   October 26, 2020

Jerry Jeff Walker’s genuine gifted talent gave so much to us. He was such a great artist. I will always miss him. RIP Jerry, Love ya, Thank you your songs.

Posted by A friend   October 26, 2020

There's a song that he didn't write but performed called 'I feel like Hank Williams tonight'. From now on when we play that song I'll think of him. The first time I heard 'Mr Bojangles' I knew I'd found a musical direction.RIPJJW

Posted by Al George - nobel, ON - friend   October 26, 2020

If I feel so much sadness and I never met Jerry Jeff Walker, I cannot begin to imagine the loss felt by his loved ones. The sound of his voice and his songs, like Mr Bojangles, still fill me with nostalgia, melancholy and memories of people now scattered across the country, and some now resting in peace. Thank you, Sir, for the memories.

Posted by Linda de Roman - San Antonio, TX   October 26, 2020

I met a girl several years ago and she introduced me to Jerry's music. The music went on but are relationship failed but I still think of her and his songs RIP JJW

Posted by Jim - Friend   October 26, 2020

R.I.P. Ron Crosby. The "City of The Hills" , Oneonta, NY your birthplace greatly mourns. Especially the residents of the Sixth Ward and River St. Thank you for the music brother.

Posted by Dave Ronovech - Neighbor   October 26, 2020

I met you walking alone with a guitar case, top hat and cape in April 1969 late at night in Greenwich Village. I didn't even know who you were, but we chatted for about five minutes. I liked the cape. The next night I went to see Jerry Jeff Walker at The Bitter End, and guess who came out? A few years later I met you walking near the Colgate Inn in Hamilton, NY, after a show. We had a few drinks and then you roared off to a gig in NYC. RIP.

Posted by Terry Morgan - ANDOVER, NY - acquaintance   October 26, 2020

I will miss you Jerry Jeff, your music got me through some tough times. You were and are The Man. RIP Gypsy Songman.

Posted by David Malone - Lawrence, KS   October 26, 2020

Rest in peace sir.and I liked that

Posted by Gloria Torres - Saginaw, MI   October 26, 2020

Rest in peace Jackie Jack. You tasted every single grape on the vine. You will be missed.

Posted by Ed Gardner - Lexington, KY - friend   October 26, 2020

There are certian events that you'll always remember where you were and what you were doin at that moment. I remember slipping out to the bunkhouse before church one sunday morning and listening to this song on this radio station that absolutely captivated me. That was 50 years ago and the song was Mr. BoJangles sung by some guy I never heard of. I later learned it was Jerry Jeff and the rest was history in our family of 9. If the Lord has a guitar . . . it will be a slam dunk for Jerry Jeff and I can hardly wait! My heartfelt condolences go out to his beautiful family and know you will all be in my prayers tonite.

Posted by Beeb Smith - Friend   October 26, 2020

Thank you for opening my ears to what music could and should be! My sincere condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. I will always be a fan.

Posted by John Ray    October 26, 2020

My Condolences To The Family;
I’m so sorry for your great loss. May of the beautiful memories that you all shared with your loved one, bring you all some comfort when sadness sets in.

Posted by A friend   October 26, 2020

Denman Island Ukulele Ensemble will be doing Bojangles in honour of Walker today.

Posted by Thomas Zawila - Denman island, BC - acquaintance   October 26, 2020

Remember hearing other artists and groups singing his songs on the radio over the years.

Posted by Stephanie D Schell    October 26, 2020

Please accept my condolences for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort you during this most difficult time of great sadness.

Posted by W B - neighbor   October 26, 2020

I pray that the family of Jerry Jeff are held in God's arms during these saddest of days. Saw Jerry Jeff live many times over the years and never attended a bad show. I'm sure that God is going to want a personal concert. Start with "Woman in Texas" as a tribute to your beautiful wife.

Posted by Mark Sager - Spring, TX   October 26, 2020

He will be greatly missed. Prayers for his family. My family and friends have had so many great times going to his shows. A lot of our Tried and True friends have passed now but he will always be remembered.

Posted by Beverly Sanders - Pauls Valley, OK   October 26, 2020

My deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to Susan, Django, Jessie Jane and all of Jerry Jeff's loving family, friends and fans. His music has been such a large part of my life and is tied to so many memories. He is already greatly missed but his legacy will live on. Thank you JJW, rest in peace.

Posted by Larry Hammer - Lewisville, TX - acquaintance   October 26, 2020

I have always loved Jerry's music and songs!! And he is what we referred to a a ''Rock-A-Billy'', by changing from Rock-N-Roll over to Country!! He has had a lot of good songs, that I have dearly loved!! Thoughts/Condolences/Prayers to his Family and Friends!! ''Thanks-For-The Memories''!! Rest-In-Peace!! And you have left us some great music!! GOD speed Jerry!!! I'll see you again some day!!

Posted by Ronald Bredemeyer    October 26, 2020


Godspeed Jeff, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the music memories.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   October 26, 2020

May I extend my most heartfelt condolences to Jerry Jeff's family in their hour of grief. What an amazingly talented artist and singer he was! Texas and the world will be a little sadder place with his passing, but his music and vibrancy will indeed live on.

Posted by Robert Marrero - Kenner, LA - acquaintance   October 26, 2020

I first started going to see Jerry jeff in 1995 .......what a great weekend at the birthday bash. He brings so many wonderful people together.....and love happens. My fondest memory however was in 1996 or 97 Rocky Mount NC......He had done a show at Rose Hill that day .....and hooked up with Scott Tucker and myself at The Holiday Inn that night ... we styed up until way past 4:00 ....singing old hymns.....they played them and I knew the words.....My condolences to Susan , Jesse and Django . Y'all are in my prayers

Posted by tom Marshall - Davidson, NC - friend   October 26, 2020

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

Posted by A friend   October 26, 2020

Extending heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort to the family of Jerry Jeff Walker. Thank you for the song " Mr. Bojangles " , I loved to sing along with it. May the God of comfort soften the family's grief during this difficult time, as they cherish the memories as well as the hope contained in his word.

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Posted by Kent Sivadge - Arlington, TX   October 26, 2020

Thank you for so many great memories... I will always remember you, and continue to listen to your music... God Bless You, and your family...

Posted by Evelyn Gakin-Manwell    October 26, 2020

i finally found out the story of mr bojanagles.i danced to that song all over north america.may God bless you and yours.via con dios

Posted by pat wolfe    October 26, 2020

I love Jerry Jeff Walker . I had the opportunity to hang out with Jerry , Guy Clark , John Prine , Todd Snider , at San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park . 3 Of the 4 have left us , but Todd will see us through .
RIP Jerry . You made my life happier and better by being in it

Greg Williams

Posted by Greg Williams - Friend   October 26, 2020

As a native Texan, Jerry Jeff was a music icon to myself and a thankful generation who started enjoying his outlaw-styled repertoire back in the 70s. Condolences to Jerry Jeff's friends and family. He sure left a huge boot print in Texas and the world.

Posted by Ed Smith - Acquaintance   October 26, 2020

Saw him many times in Minnesota loved the guy.

Posted by Steve Connoy    October 26, 2020

You was a wonderful singer. I loved Mr Bojangle

Posted by Nancy J Dowler - Friend   October 26, 2020

Family Album

Jerry Jeff Walker