Singer, songwriter and outlaw country vet Jerry Jeff Walker has died after a long battle with throat cancer and other health problems. He was 78.
Born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, NY, he spent time in Florida and New Orleans before heading to NYC for the early-'60s Greenwich Village folk scene, having adopted the Walker moniker. With Bob Bruno he formed Circus Maximus who recorded two albums before breaking up in 1968. That same year, Walker released "Mr Bojangles" -- also the name of his solo debut -- which would be a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1971 and has been recorded by everyone from Dolly Parton and Cat Stevens to Sammy Davis Jr and William Shatner.