“Mr Bojangles” — Sammy Davis Jr

No Words, No Song
6 min readAug 10, 2019

The old Sammy Davis Jr song, “Mr Bojangles”, has been going around in my head the past few days.

For many years I thought this was an extremely old song…perhaps something from the 1920s or 1930s… but it turns out it was only written in the late 1960s by a country artist, Jerry Jeff Walker.

Now, I may not have been completely off-base imagining the song was much older than that.

There is a much earlier song from the 1930s called “Bojangles of Harlem” about a famous song-and-dance man of the time called Bill “Bojangles”…

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No Words, No Song

Without words, it’s just a nice tune. Add words — now you’ve got a song. And songs can change your world. I write about some that changed mine.