Jerry Jeff Walker, singer and songwriter, dies at 78

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Singer songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, the man behind Mr Bojangles has died after a battle with throat cancer worker had an outsized impact on the Austin country music scene in the 19 seventies, NPR's Matthew Schwartz has more Oh Jang Walker was regarded as one of Boston's most influential country music artists. He said that his 1968 song, Mr Bojangles was inspired by a homeless man he met while spending a night in a New Orleans drunk tank. Along with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson Walker helped create the genre known as Outlaw Country, a sort of blend between folk music and rock. During his recording career, which spanned half a century, he released 36 albums. Walker passed away Friday. He was 78. Matthew

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