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Lyr/Chords Req: Mr Bojangles (Jerry Jeff Walker)

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GYPSY SONG MAN
MR BOJANGLES
MY OLD MAN 3
NIGHT RIDER'S LAMENT (WHY DO YOU RIDE FOR YOUR MONEY?)


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GUEST,belfast bhoy 28 Dec 00 - 02:53 PM
Jed at Work 28 Dec 00 - 02:57 PM
MMario 28 Dec 00 - 02:59 PM
Jed at Work 28 Dec 00 - 03:36 PM
Jed at Work 28 Dec 00 - 03:37 PM
Bert 28 Dec 00 - 04:17 PM
Ribbit 28 Dec 00 - 04:52 PM
JedMarum 28 Dec 00 - 04:58 PM
lesblank 28 Dec 00 - 08:53 PM
GUEST,Sarah 28 Dec 00 - 09:47 PM
GUEST,belfastbhoy 29 Dec 00 - 07:00 AM
Midchuck 29 Dec 00 - 12:20 PM
Genie 03 Feb 02 - 12:49 AM
DonMeixner 03 Feb 02 - 02:03 AM
leprechaun 03 Feb 02 - 04:05 AM
Suffet 03 Feb 02 - 08:20 AM
breezy 03 Feb 02 - 08:51 AM
Genie 03 Feb 02 - 09:52 PM
53 03 Feb 02 - 10:20 PM
Steve in Idaho 04 Feb 02 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,Jay 03 Jul 07 - 02:23 PM
pdq 03 Jul 07 - 02:41 PM
PoppaGator 03 Jul 07 - 03:04 PM
dwditty 03 Jul 07 - 04:12 PM
Dave Roberts 04 Jul 07 - 06:17 AM
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Subject: Mr Bojangles
From: GUEST,belfast bhoy
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 02:53 PM

can anyone give me the words and guitar chords for bojangles i don`t know who composed it but sammy davis jnr sang it, many thanks.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Jed at Work
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 02:57 PM

Jerry Jeff Walker wrote this circa late 60's.

You'll find it listed in the DT - here's the link to it. I'll come back with the chords soon.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: MMario
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 02:59 PM

dang jed, you're getting good. 4 minutes with a clickie!


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Jed at Work
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 03:36 PM

Try these chords (the /small letter means the root chord with the bass note).

C C/b Am AM/g F G C C/b Am AM/g F G F Em E Am Am/g D7/high e G

Chorus: Am G Am G Am G C

between verses hold the C chord walk the bass down from C to B to A and G, A B C and back again ....


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Jed at Work
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 03:37 PM

hmmm, sorry didn;t format quite correctly. I'll try again!

C C/b Am AM/g F G
C C/b Am AM/g F G
F Em E Am Am/g D7/high e G

Chorus: Am G Am G Am G C

between verses hold the C chord walk the bass down from C to B to A and G, A B C and back again ....


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Bert
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 04:17 PM

Trivia question: Who released the first recording of Mr Bojangles?

The answer


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Ribbit
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 04:52 PM

Bert, would that be "the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band"?


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: JedMarum
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 04:58 PM

I heard Tom Rush sing it in 1970 ... don't know if he recorded it.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: lesblank
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 08:53 PM

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded the song after another great Texas musician by the name of Allan Wayne Damron, who was the first. Check Allan's website for more information. BTW, great to be back on the Mudcat again. It's been a long hard year, but I can finally pluck a few chords or two - perhaps by June I can work in a melody note or two !! I can sure see that Joe Offer is alive and kicking.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: GUEST,Sarah
Date: 28 Dec 00 - 09:47 PM

To note: JJW released his own 45 the same year Allen did, but his recording was done in NYC, and it took longer for him to get it out of the studio, so Allen's WAS first.

I remember, 'cause Jerry Jeff was performing at Sand Mountain Coffee House in Houston, where I worked on weekends. The owner ("Mama C") and I had just arrived to open when Jerry Jeff came in with the first box of them he'd received. She snagged the first one, and I snagged the second.

I still have it here somewhere -- but I'm sure that was the year, as I was still in high school...

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: GUEST,belfastbhoy
Date: 29 Dec 00 - 07:00 AM

thank you one and all especially jed(quick fingers)at work.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Midchuck
Date: 29 Dec 00 - 12:20 PM

Bromberg's recording is the one to have, though. The guitar break...You have Doc's original "Black Mountain Rag" on his first Vanguard album; you have John Herald's intro to Ian and Sylvia's "Four Rode By," on the "Northern Journey" album; you have Clarence's "Sheik of Araby;" you have Norman's break on Steve Earle's "Tom Ames' Prayer" on the "Train A'Comin" album...and Bromberg's break on his own "Bojangles." Then you've heard everything really important.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Genie
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 12:49 AM

Does anyone know if this song was written about Bill "Bojangles" Robinson or about some other guy who was sort of nicknamed for him because he danced?

I had always assumed it was the latter-- a down and out guy who tap danced and, so, folks called him "Bojangles." But someone told me that Jerry Jeff met Bill Robinson in jail and wrote the song about him.

Anyone have the real story?

Genie


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: DonMeixner
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 02:03 AM

My understanding is its about an old black man he met who was a dancer. Every Black man in the south who could dance was called Bojangles after Bill Robinson. I believe he told me that it was not Bill Robinson but someone else.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: leprechaun
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 04:05 AM

After twenty years he still grieved.

I love Mr Bojangles.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Suffet
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 08:20 AM

I heard Jerry Jeff Walker himself say the song is not about Bill Robinson. Walker spent a night in the New Orleans city jail on a charge of being drunk and disorderly. According to David Bromberg, who later toured with Walker, "Jerry Jeff propositioned the right woman, at the right time, in the wrong place. And her husband, the bar tender, called the cops." It was in jail that Walker met the character about whom he would later write Mr. Bojangles, an old dancer who was sharing the same abode for the evening "because I drinks a bits."

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: breezy
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 08:51 AM

John Denver did it justice, did he not? Did sammy D Jr do it with visuals of a black man in gaol dancing?


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Genie
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 09:52 PM

Don and Suffet, that's what I thought, too. I was not under the impression that Bill Robinson was ever on the streets and in jail.
Thanks for clearing this up.
BTW, does anyone know when Bill Robinson was born (how old he would have been in the mid 1960's)?
Genie


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: 53
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 10:20 PM

The song reminds me of a Bojangles restaurant in our town, pretty boring.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 04 Feb 02 - 10:35 AM

Jed's chords are pretty close to the way I do it - except the chorus is Am - G - Am - G -three note quick run up to- C and a bass run down to Am. If you ever come into Paltalk on Sunday I'll do the song for you if you wish. It's one of my favorites. And there's a number of ways to do the song. I think a lot of it depends on your personal musical style and vocal range.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: GUEST,Jay
Date: 03 Jul 07 - 02:23 PM

Don't forget Bob Dylan's version. I've heard people miscredit Bob Dylan
as being the song writer because they knew he sang it. The first version
I heard was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: pdq
Date: 03 Jul 07 - 02:41 PM

...in answer to a question above...

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, dancer and movie star ~

Born: May 25, 1878 in Richmond, VA
Died: Nov 25, 1949 in New York, NY


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: PoppaGator
Date: 03 Jul 07 - 03:04 PM

I haven't played this in years, but it was one of my "greatest hits" as a street performer in the late 60s/early 70s. Thanks for the reminder; I just might work it up again. (I played it in C, just like Jed-at-work, with the same descending bass line, etc.)

It may not be correct to assume that the nickname "Bojangles" originated with the famous Bill Robinson. I think it's just as likely that he adopted an already-well-established "folk" nickname for any skilled tapdancer ~ not that all street dancers to appear after Mr. Robinson had established himself in Hollywood were necessarily named after him.

Any of you scholars out there have a pre-1930s citation of the nickname "Bojangles" or "Mr. Bojangles"? I have a hunch there might be some, indicating that Bill Robinson (or his agant) did not make up the name, that he simply popularized a pre-existing sobriquet.


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: dwditty
Date: 03 Jul 07 - 04:12 PM

slightly off topic, as far as the song goes, but there is some good video of Bojangles (Robinson) on You Tube - an addition to Sandman Sims, Bunny Brown, Chuck & Chuckles, Sammy D Jr and lots of others. I love the hoofers. A few weeks ago I performed Ain't Misbehavin' accompanied by a tap dancer...a real high point for me.

dw


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Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 04 Jul 07 - 06:17 AM

And Tom T Hall did an excellent version of 'Bojangles' in the 70s. It's on his 'Nashville Storyteller' CD.


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