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Thread #44348   Message #652329
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
17-Feb-02 - 06:29 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Mister Bojangles
Subject: RE: Mister Bojangles
Bill Robinson, born Luther Robinson in 1879, got the nickname "Bojangles" in childhood according to himself (article in Richmond, VA, Times-Dispatch). He began dancing age 7 and ran away to Washington age nine with a black actor, to act as a piccaninny in a stage show.
There is disagreement over what the nickname meant ("happy-go-lucky" or "squabler")- Theater Arts. The name could come from a Mr Boujasson, who sold hats. Robinson stole a hat from him. The nickname was in use when he starred in "Blackbirds of 1928.
Jerry Jeff Walker- who he?