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Jerry Jeff (1942) and Susan Walker (1948)

Originally from Oneonta, New York, where he was born in 1942 as Ronald Crosby—he adopted the stage name “Jerry Jeff Walker” in 1966—he has become an icon in Austin, Texas, since moving there in the early 1970s. “Mr. Bojangles” is, perhaps, his best known work, and it has been recorded by dozens of artists, ranging from Bob Dylan to Nina Simone and Philip Glass to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  After a lengthy series of records for MCA and Elektra, produced after his move to Austin, he gave up on the mainstream record industry and founded his own independent label, Tried and True Music. His wife, Susan, is its president and manager. Jerry Jeff and his work are chiefly associated with the country-rock outlaw scene that also included such artists as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt. His birthday bash has become a near-legendary event that attracts top musicians and thousands of fans to Austin.

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