Famous and Gravy

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A conversation about quality of life as we see it, one dead celebrity at a time. We rate the first line of their obituary, we look at their life stats, we speculate on their inner lives, and we ultimately answer the question "Would I want that life?" read less

Viva Bojangles (Jerry Jeff Walker)
Jan 11 2023
Viva Bojangles (Jerry Jeff Walker)
This person died in 2020, age 78. He grew up in Oneonta, New York. He began his career in the 1960s, hitchhiking and busking around the country before establishing himself in Greenwich Village. Mainstream radio programmers didn’t play his music, perhaps because of his gruff, braying singing voice and his reputation for being intoxicated onstage. He became a mainstay of the Texas Outlaw movement that catapulted Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings to fame, years after his best known composition, Mr. Bojangles. Today’s dead celebrity is Jerry Jeff Walker. Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Jacob Weiss. For updates on the show, please sign up for our mailing list at famousandgravy.com. Also, play our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like Episode 19 “Singing Mailman” (John Prine) and Episode 23 “Book Rancher” (Larry McMurtry).   Transcript of this episode New York Times Obituary for Jerry Jeff Walker Famous & Gravy official website Famous & Gravy on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Dead or Alive Quiz Game Jerry Jeff Walker official website Purchase the OK Buckaroos DVD Jerry Jeff performs on Austin City Limits in 1976 Homer Simpson sings Mr. Bojangles “Jerry Jeff Walker, Remembered By…” in Texas Monthly “The Long, Lonesome Roads of Jerry Jeff Walker” in The New Yorker Django Walker official website Gypsy Songman autobiography HPB.com