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Jerry Jeff Walker during a visit to his exhibit at the Wittliff Collections, talking to Texas Music Curator Hector Saldana about his salad days singing folk songs in New Orleans. (Photo by Mark Willenborg, courtesy the Wittliff Collections)
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Before he was Jerry Jeff … How a search for the original draft of "Mr. Bojangles" led to the discovery of never-before-heard recordings from 1964 and ’65 — and what those tapes (now part of the Wittliff Collections' ¡Viva Jerry Jeff! exhibit) tell us about the itinerant folk singer who would become a Texas music legend.

(Above) Jerry Jeff Walker performing his song “Talkin’ New Orleans Destruction Blues” at a New Orleans coffeehouse in the summer of 1964 — back when …

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