Song Lyric Sunday | “Mr. Bojangles” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 

Song Lyric Sunday_new

Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Drifter/Loner/Transient/Vagabond.

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Mr. Bojangles was recorded twice, by Allen Wayne Damron in 1967 and songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968, before country rock group the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took it all the way to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.

Walker has said he was inspired to write the song after an encounter with a street performer in a New Orleans jail.

While in jail for public intoxication in 1965, he met a homeless black man who called himself “Mr. Bojangles” to conceal his true identity from the police. He had been arrested as part of a police sweep of indigent people that was carried out following a high-profile murder. The two men and others in the cell chatted about all manner of things, but when Mr. Bojangles told a story about his dog, the mood in the room turned heavy. Someone else in the cell asked for something to lighten the mood, and Mr. Bojangles obliged with a tap dance.

FUN FACTS:

  • Mr. Bojangles appears on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1970 album Uncle Charlie & and His Dog Teddy, which also includes the popular House on Pooh Corner.
  • More than SIXTY artists have recorded Mr. Bojangles in every music genre, including classical.
  • The song is most widely associated with Sammy Davis Jr., who made the song part of his stage shows and live television performances for nearly two decades.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Mr. Bojangles

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

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