RIP Jerry Jeff Walker

RIP Jerry Jeff Walker

Fans are mourning Texas music legend Jerry Jeff Walker, who died Friday at the age of 78 following a battle with throat cancer. The singer/songwriter wrote the hit “Mr.Bojangles.” In addition to releasing his own music and writing songs recorded by others, Walker and his wife formed and ran independent music label Tried & True MUSIC since 1986.

After moving from New York to Austin in 1971, “Walker had an outsize impact on the Country music scene there, helping to create genre known as ‘outlaw Country’ — a sort of blend between Rock and Folk — which was also popularized by Willie Nelson and others around the same time,” NPR reports, also noting that he released 36 albums in his career.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, SUSAN, son, DJANGO, and daughter, JESSIE JANE.