Walker’s demise was confirmed to Fox Information on Saturday by his former publicist, John T. Davis.
Davis mentioned Walker died Friday after a battle with throat most cancers and associated illnesses “for a number of years.”
Walker was greatest recognized for “Mr. Bojangles,” which he wrote after assembly a black road performer in a New Orleans drunk tank in 1965, in keeping with an obituary obtained by Fox Information.
His household has determined to not make an announcement right now, his former publicist mentioned.
“Mr. Bojangles” has been recorded and carried out by various music greats, together with Bob Dylan, Harry Belafonte, King Curtis, Dolly Parton, the Nitty Gritty Dust Band and Nina Simone.
Notably, Sammy Davis Jr.’s model of the track lowered President Richard Nixon to tears, the obituary states.
Born Ronald Clyde Crosby on March 16, 1942, in Oneonta, N.Y., Walker was an solely little one raised by his father Mel and mom Alma, nevertheless it was his grandmother, Jessie Conrow, who opened up his eyes to music.
He started creating music as a teen earlier than reportedly becoming a member of the Nationwide Guard after ending highschool. The nation star additionally lived within the Florida Keys and in New Orleans, the place he received his stage title.
In 1971, Walker moved to Austin, Texas, the place he was riveted by the “rapidly-evolving music scene” due to its mixture of nation, rock, people and blues, in any other case generally known as “progressive nation” or “cosmic cowboy” music.
Walker had some bother with alcohol and medicines, which his obituary notes led to his status of “rowdy performances and offstage extra.”
His recording profession spanned 51 years and he launched 36 albums, together with compilations. He turned generally known as a mentor to musicians resembling Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffet, Man Clark, Todd Snider and Lucinda Williams.
Throughout his a few years recording and writing songs within the Lone State, Walker may typically be discovered honing his craft in his house music room, his island house in Belize and on the stage of the “Austin Metropolis Limits” music pageant.
His 1973 album “Viva Terlingua” was recorded in Luckenbach, Texas and have become one in every of his hottest.
Walker is survived by his spouse of 46 years, Susan Walker, in addition to a son, Django, and a daughter, Jessie.