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Jerry Jeff Walker


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Jerry Jeff Walker (born March 16, 1942) is a country music singer.

Walker was born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, New York. During the late 1950s, Crosby was a member of a local Oneonta teen band called The Tones. The band traveled to Philadelphia to audition for Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand”, but were turned down. Members of the band found Dick Clark’s house and were able to get a recommendation to audition at New York City’s Baton Records through the company’s lead producer Sol Rabinowitz. The band was given a recording contract, but the studio wanted a quintet backed by studio musicians, which left Crosby and another member out of their recordings.

After high school, Crosby joined the National Guard, but his thirst for adventure led him to go AWOL and roam the country busking for a living in areas like New Orleans, Texas, Florida, and New York. He played mostly ukulele until Harriet Ottenheimer, one of the founders of The Quorum, got him settled on a guitar in 1963. He adopted his stage name “Jerry Jeff Walker” in 1966. He spent his early folk music days in Greenwich Village in the mid 1960s. He co-founded a band with Bob Bruno in the late 1960s called Circus Maximus that put out two albums one with the popular west coast hit “Wind”, but Bruno’s interest in jazz apparently diverged from Walker’s interest in folk music. Walker thus resumed his solo career and recorded the seminal album “Mr.


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    Awesome songwriter, a great voice. a little similiar to Fred Neil and just beautiful melodies. More than "just" good country music ;)

    1 Mar 5:37pm Reply
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  • carolinayw

    This is pure gold,my friends.JJ Walker is a legend!

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
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  • IamFlood

    His s/t is a bomb. And I mean one that explodes every time you put it on.

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • steffegrek

    I saw Jerry Jeff in Gruenne Hall 2003 It was a great show. But he didn´t sing Rocki´n Chair that night but a lot of other great songs

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • obaj

    I met Jerry Jeff at the picnic table outside the bar in Luckenbach. Never let him ride your motorcycle...he may be a good singer but he's crazy as hell.

    21 May 2010 Reply
  • cedarwacker

    he is alow down dog !ascoundrel he spent more time in jail writin then johnny cash! thats why i have been listenin and goin tosee him since iwas just apup!! real people! why is everyone movin to Belize ?? sumpin goin on i dont know?? naaaa!

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • lyndyloo95

    Brilliant my kind of music

    9 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Anjole

    he is a classic! this is one those great driving songs...

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • PinKkFloyDd

    Just got back from seeing him at BB King's. Simply amazing. I sat right next to the stage.

    15 Mar 2009 Reply
  • mgnoliastellata

    dear world, agreed.

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Gaynor7

    Absolutely loving hearing his music across the pond! :o)

    12 Nov 2008 Reply
  • xnonviolentx

    Why so little plays??? This guy is a legend.

    28 Apr 2008 Reply
  • hippiepunkpirat

    I was introduced to the Ridin' High album by my day, Pot Can't Call the Kettle Black is a classic

    29 Jan 2008 Reply
  • collapse_on_me

    desperadoes waitin' for a train was always my favorite... me and the old man listen to it and cry every time like a couple of big ol' babies.

    8 Oct 2007 Reply
  • PinKkFloyDd

    Great Gonzos is such a great album.

    6 Jun 2007 Reply
  • donactive

    My favourite JJW song is Help Me Now from the album Five Years Gone. Haven't found it in any shop yet. But it's on my wishlist.

    21 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Alhutch

    i always thought his best song was Morning Song to Sally, which was covered by Nanci Griffith, but no one seems to have heard of it

    20 Apr 2006 Reply
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