10-24-2020, 10:08 AM
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Jerry Jeff Walker, the musician who wrote Mr. Bojangles and Pissing in The Wind (among others) and who more recently was a mentor to Todd Snider, Garth Brooks and a host of others has died at the age of 78. 

Mr. Bojangles was written after he met a street performer while in a New Orleans Drunk tank in 1965.

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 10-24-2020, 10:45 AM
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OMG!  Jerry Jeff will be missed!  
God bless Jerry Jeff!

Pissin' in the wind, bettin' on a losing friend

Makin' the same mistakes, we swore we'd never make again
And we're pissin' in the wind, but it's blowing on all our friends
We're gonna sit and grin and tell our grandchildren

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 10-24-2020, 08:19 PM
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RIP, Jerry Jeff.

One if my all-time favorite performers, David Bromberg, cut his pro playing teeth while on the road with Jerry Jeff as a young man. Bromberg said he learned more from Walker than he did anyone else. Walker‘s songwriting was much beloved by his contemporaries.

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 10-25-2020, 03:07 PM
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In addition to the original version and the even more well-known one by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the song was covered by many other artists, some of whom were surprises to me:


Harry Nilsson 
Neil Diamond 
George Burns 
Lana Cantrell 
Lulu 
John Denver 
Harry Belafonte 
Frankie Laine 
Sammi Smith
David Bromberg 
King Curtis 
Nina Simone
Dolly Parton 
Nancy Wilson 
Sammy Davis Jr. 
Johnny Paycheck
Bob Dylan 
The Brothers Four 
Rod McKue 
Brenda Lee 
Vassar Clements with Jeff Hanna & Jimmie Fadden June 
Robbie Williams 
Melissa Walker 
Bebe Neuwirth 
Bobbie Gentry 
Whitney Houston

And one of his proteges, singer-songwriter Todd Snider, recalled a night when he and Jerry Jeff were the last customers at a bar in Santa Fe, N.M. After it closed, they were walking down a street at 2 a.m. when they heard someone play the opening chords to “Mr. Bojangles” on a banjo. “This was a bedraggled guy, not a kid,” Snider recalled. “A homeless guy, kind of crazy looking, with a harmonica around his neck, his hat on the ground in front of him, and nothing in the hat... The guy looked up at us. He didn’t know Jerry Jeff Walker was standing there. He may never have heard of Jerry Jeff Walker.” They listened as the man sang Mr. Walker’s masterpiece about a down-and-out street performer, “and I could feel us both getting choked up,” Snider said. He wondered if he should say something, “but no, I figured if Jerry Jeff wanted to let the guy know who he was, he’d tell him.”

The only thing Mr. Walker said was: “That sounded great.” He took all the money out of his pockets, put it in the street singer’s hat, then walked away. He never told him his name.

All of this got me to wondering about the most covered songs of all time, and here is a list of the top 25. Not surprisingly, the Beatles account for 16 of them.

#25. ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ by The Beatles
#24. ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon & Garfunkel
#23. ‘The Fool on the Hill’ by The Beatles
#22. ‘A Hard Day's Night’ by The Beatles
#21. ‘The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole
#20. ‘In My Life” by The Beatles
#19. ‘O Holy Night’ by John Sullivan Dwight
#18. ‘Something’ by The Beatles
#17. ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing’ by Traditional Folk
#16. ‘Jingle Bells (One Horse Open Sleigh)’ by James Pierpont
#15. ‘What Is This Thing Called Love?’ by Elsie Carlisle
#14. ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles
#13. ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles
#12. ‘Let It Be’ by The Beatles
#11. ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby feat. John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra and The Ken Darby Choir
#10. ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’ by The Beatles
#09. ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon
#08. ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by The Beatles
#07. ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles
#06. ‘Summertime’ by Helen Jepson
#05. ‘Michelle’ by The Beatles
#04. ‘Silent Night’ by John Freeman Young
#03. ‘And I Love Her’ by The Beatles
#02. ‘Eleanor Rigby’ by The Beatles
#01. ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles

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