The Texas country singer/songwriter who wrote the pop song Mr. Bojangles has died at age 78. Jerry Jeff Walker died Friday of throat cancer and a number of other health issues.

Walker emerged from New York’s Greenwich Village folk scene in the ’60’s and was a founding member of the band Circus Maximus. He moved to Texas in the ’70s and scored a hit with his version of the Guy Clark song L.A. Freeway and went on to release more than 30 albums.

Three years ago, Walker donated more than 100 boxes of his music archives to The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.

Walker is survived by his wife Susan, son Django and daughter Jessie Jane.