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Thread #44348   Message #641125
Posted By: Genie
03-Feb-02 - 12:49 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Mister Bojangles
Subject: RE: Mr Bojangles
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?