Jerry Jeff Walker

Mr. Bojangles – The Atco/Elektra Years


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The five albums Jerry Jeff Walker recorded for ATCO and ELEKTRA between 1968 and 1979.

Inspired by Bob Dylan, a host of Singer Songwriters came to the fore and one of the most significant was Jerry Jeff Walker. He merged Folk, Country and Rock and as well as writing his own classic compositions and being a natural storyteller, he encouraged young songwriters and gave many of them their own start. Garth Brooks, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green and Jack Ingram were all inspired by him.

He wasn’t born Jerry Jeff Walker. Ronald Clyde Crosby was born in Oneonta, Otsego County, New York State on 16th March 1942. That’s not a bad name but it’s not as good as Jerry Jeff Walker. Jerry Jeff re-invented himself as a lone star Texas country rocker and today is a major figure in the Austin musical community.

His most famous song is ‘Mr Bojangles’. This affectionate song became a US Top 10 Hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and has been recorded by Sammy Davis Jr., Nilsson, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and Robbie Williams. President Nixon once said it was his favourite song.

This CD set also includes compositions by Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark, Lee Clayton and John D. Loudermilk.

Trivia: ‘Mr Bojangles’ is NOT about Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, a tap dancer who found fame in films with Shirley Temple, as Sammy Davis Jr. thought.

Tracklist

DISC ONE:
MR. BOJANGLES

1. GYPSY SONGMAN
2. MR. BOJANGLES
3. LITTLE BIRD
4. I MAKES MONEY (MONEY DON’T MAKE ME)
5. ROUND AND ROUND
6. I KEEP CHANGIN’
7. MAYBE MEXICO
8. BROKEN TOYS
9. THE BALLAD OF THE HULK
10.MY OLD MAN

DISC TWO:
FIVE YEARS GONE

1. HELP ME NOW
2. BLUES IN YOUR MIND
3. SEASONS CHANGE
4. ABOUT HER EYES
5. JANET SAYS
6. DEAD MEN GOT NO DREAMS
7. TRACKS RUN THROUGH THE CITY
8. HAPPINESS IS A GOOD PLACE TO VISIT BUT IT WAS SO SAD IN FAYETTEVILLE
9. COURAGE OF LOVE
10.A LETTER SUNG TO FRIENDS
11.MR. BOJANGLES (EARLY RADIO BROADCAST VERSION)
12.BORN TO SING A DANCIN’ SONG

DISC THREE:
BEIN’ FREE

1. I’M GONNA TELL ON YOU
2. STONY
3. WHERE IS THE D.A.R. WHEN YOU REALLY NEED THEM
4. A SECRET
5. NOBODY’S
6. SOME GO HOME
7. BUT FOR THE TIME
8. VINCE TRIPLE-O MARTIN
9. HARMONICA TALK
10.PLEASE LET ME BE
11.MORE OFTEN THAN NOT

DISC FOUR:
JERRY JEFF

1. EASTERN AVENUE RIVER RAILWAY BLUES
2. LONE WOLF
3. BAD NEWS
4. BOOGIE MAMA
5. I’M NOT STRANGE
6. HER GOOD LOVIN’ GRACE
7. COMFORT AND CRAZY
8. FOLLOW
9. BANKS OF THE OLD BANDERA

DISC FIVE:
TOO OLD TO CHANGE

1. TOO OLD TO CHANGE
2. I AIN’T LIVING LONG LIKE THIS
3. I’LL BE YOUR SAN ANTONE ROSE
4. OLD NASHVILLE COWBOY
5. HANDS ON THE WHEEL
6. CROSS THE BORDERLINE
7. MOUNTAINS OF MEXICO
8. THEN CAME THE CHILDREN
9. NORTHEAST TEXAS WOMEN
10.ME AND BOBBY McGEE