I decided to title this blog 'Mr. Bojangles' aka Gary Cagle because I had some images of Gary that needed a title. I always try to come up with a title that I think fits special images. I've known Gary for several years since we served together in the Navy. He is a fun loving person, always laughing, telling jokes, playing the guitar and singing. Even when things are not going so well, he is still there to share a joke or song to lighten everyone's spirit, although on the inside he may be living a different story. I know through the years Gary has had some difficulties just as everyone has in life. After doing some research on the title of the song and what the song's meaning is, I felt the title was appropriate for my pictures of him.
"Mr. Bojangles" is a popular song written and initially recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968 and covered since by many other artists. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took the song to #9 on the Billboard pop chart in 1971. The inspiration for the song was not the famous stage and movie dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, nor the New Orleans blues musician Babe Stovall, as many think. The song was inspired by an encounter with a street performer in the New Orleans first precinct jail. According to Walker, a murder on the July 4th weekend of 1965 precipitated the arrest of all the street people in the area. In the crowded cell, a disheveled, old, homeless man who called himself "Mr. Bojangles" got to talking with Walker, who had been arrested earlier in the day. The man told various stories of his life, but the tone darkened after 'Mr Bojangles' recalled his dog who had been run over. Someone then asked for something to lighten the mood and the man obliged with a tap dance."
(originally by Jerry Jeff Walker)