Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs “Mr Bojangles” Live On Live at Church Street Station.

Written and originally recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1968 album of the same title. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whose version (recorded for the 1970 album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy) was issued as a single and rose to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.

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Mr. Bojangles:

Jerry Jeff Walker ‎– Mr. Bojangles( Cover LP 1968)
Jerry Jeff Walker ‎– Mr. Bojangles( Cover LP 1968)

Written and originally recorded by American country music artist Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1968 album of the same title. Since then, it has been recorded by many other artists, including US country music band the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whose version(recorded for the 1970 album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy)was issued as a single and rose to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.Live versions of the song appeared on Walker’s 1977 album, A Man Must Carry On, and his 1980 album The Best of Jerry Jeff Walker and he sang it with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their 2015 concert album entitled “Circlin’ Back.

 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ‎– Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy(LP Cover 1970)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ‎– Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy(LP Cover 1970)

The NGDB’s single version begins with the Uncle Charlie interview (subtitled “Prologue: Uncle Charlie and his Dog Teddy”) that also precedes the song on the Uncle Charlie album. It was originally backed with another interview with Uncle Charlie, also taken from the album. When “Mr. Bojangles” started climbing the charts, the B-side was re-pressed with the same song without the interview. NGDB guitarist Jeff Hanna performed most of the lead vocals on the track, with bandmate Jim Ibbotson performing harmony vocals; the two switched these roles on the last verse.

 

 

Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr Bojangles (Single)
Jerry Jeff Walker – Mr Bojangles (Single)

Some Versions:
Jerry Jeff Walker June 1968 First release
Mister Bo Jangles Bobby Cole June 1968
George Burns 1969
John Denver September 1970
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1970
Sammi Smith June 1971
Johnny Paycheck 1972
Bob Dylan November 16, 1973
Brenda Lee 1977
Allen Creek Coal Co. 1984
Jane Duboc 1992
David Campbell 2006
Bobbie Gentry September 21, 2018

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Mr Bojangles Lyrics

I knew a man Bojangles and he’d dance for you
In worn out shoes
With silver hair, a ragged shirt, and baggy pants
The old soft shoe
He jumped so high, jumped so high
Then he lightly touched down

I met him in a cell in New Orleans I was
down and out
He looked to me to be the eyes of age
as he spoke right out
He talked of life, talked of life, he laughed
clicked his heels and stepped

He said his name “Bojangles” and he danced a lick
across the cell
He grabbed his pants and spread his stance,
Oh he jumped so high and then he clicked his heels
He let go a laugh, let go a laugh
and shook back his clothes all around

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, dance

He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs
throughout the south
He spoke through tears of 15 years how his dog and him
traveled about
The dog up and died, he up and died
And after 20 years he still grieves

He said I dance now at every chance in honky tonks
for drinks and tips
But most the time I spend behind these county bars
’cause I drinks a bit
He shook his head, and as he shook his head
I heard someone ask him please

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, dance..

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Mr. Bojangles (Single Liberty 1970)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Mr. Bojangles (Single Liberty 1970)