Jerry Jeff Walker
Born Ronald Clyde Crosby on March 16, 1942. 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. 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 1963 when he switched to guitar. He adopted his stage name “Jerry Jeff Walker” in 1966. Jerry Jeff Walker is best know for writing Mr. Bojangles which has been recorded but many, many artists. Jerry Jeff had a radio hit in the 70’s with the Guy Clarke song “LA Freeway”. Walker has developed a style of music he calls “Cowjazz.
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