Chart Position: 9

  • Written and originally recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker (1968)
  • Lead vocals: John McKuen
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Produced by William McKuen
  • Accordion: Jimmy Ibbotson
  • The song is based on an actual incident Walker experienced in a New Orleans LA holding cell
  • The song is preceded by a spoken-word recording “Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy” on the LP version
  • Sammy Davis Jr. included this song in his stage and television act
  • The original “Mr. Bojangles” was tap dancer Bill Robinson, who appeared in many Shirley Temple films in the thirties
  • Walker’s song originally had an additional verse describing the old man’s three wives, but he left it out of his recording
  • The band later shortened their name to Dirt Band
  • Also recorded by Nilsson (1969), Neil Diamond (1969), Bob Dylan (1973), Rod McKuen (1968), John Denver (1970), Ronnie Aldrich and His Two Pianos (1971), Nina Simone (1971), Sammy Davis Jr. (1972), Lulu (1970), Byrds (1969), Harry Belafonte (1970), Nancy Wilson (1971), Magna Carta (200), John Holt (1973), Esther Phillips (1986),  Robbie Williams (2001) and King Curtis (1971)



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