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Jerry Jeff Walker, Texas Singer-Songwriter, Dies At 78

Anne Edwards and the Wittliff Collection

Jerry Jeff Walker was best known for his song "Mr. Bojangles."

Walker migrated from New York State to Texas in the early 1970’s to become one of the originators of the Austin music scene.

Richard Skanse. editor of Lonestarmusicmagazine.com, explained that Walker "introduced Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt. You know, he got Joe Ely. His first record deal with MCA ... is kind of like a 'king of the hill' of the history of Texas music and the Texas music scene, progressive country."

Walker passed away at an Austin hospital on Friday, according to a family spokesperson. He was at home up until an hour before his death.

Walker was 78 years old.