Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mr. Bojangles

Image of Bill "Mr. Bojangles" Robinson from Polonia Music

Mr. Bojangles, a song written in 1968 by country artist Jerry Jeff Walker. The original 45, uploaded in 2010, can be heard here. This bittersweet ballad has been sung by many others, most notably in my memory, Bob Dylan.

Another well-known rendition was by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Here with the poignant tale of the old minstrel Bojangles is the late great Sammy Davis Junior, performing  in 1989, the year before he died.

And here, with deep feeling, is the inimitable Nina Simone.

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