Jerry Jeff Walker, the singer-songwriter known for writing the hit

Mr.

Bojangles

passed away on Friday.

American media report this, including

Variety

.

Walker was best known as the writer of

Mr.

Bojangles

, which was a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970 and for Sammy Davis Jr.

in 1972 and has been covered by countless artists.

Walker recorded the song for the first time in 1968 for his self-titled album.

Walker was born in Oneonta, New York and has been playing music since he was a teenager.

He released albums on the major labels MCA and Elektra but became independent in the mid-eighties and formed his own label: Tried & True Music.

The country singer leaves behind his wife Susan, son Django and daughter Jessie Jane.