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Kurt Browning Program Information


Program: Mr. Bojangles
Artist: Ben Vereen
Choreographer: Kurt Browning

Performances: 2001 Kurt Browning's Gotta Skate

Photos: http://www.scratchspin.com/2001/gottadance01/browning5.html
http://www.kurtfiles.com/images/gottadance/pa260205.jpg

CDs: Fosse: Original Broadway Soundtrack (not Ben Vereen)
Sammy David Jr. - Greatest Songs
Various other recordings (Sammy Davis Jr, Nina Simone, etc)

Musical clip(s): Mr. Bojangles

Lyrics: I knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you
in worn out shoes.
With silver hair
a ragged shirt and baggy pants

the old soft shoe.
He jumped so high
jumped so high

then he lightly touched down.

Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles

Mister bojangles come back and dance.

I met him in a cell in New Orleans

I was down and out.
he looked at me to be the very eyes of age

as he spoke right out.
He talked of life
talked of life

he laughed slapped his leg a step.

Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles

Mister bojangles come back and dance.

He said his name
Bojangles

then he danced a lick across the cell.
He grabbed his pants a better stance
oh he jumped up high.
He clicked his heels.
He let go a laugh
let go a laugh.
Shook back his clothes all around.

Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles

Mister bojangles come back and dance.

Artist website: http://www.benvereen.com
http://www.fossethemusical.com

Random facts: Kurt Browning performed to Ben Vereen singing this song live at his
Gotta Skate special in 2001. To my knowledge, there is no recorded
version of Ben Vereen performing this song. The music clip provided
above is of Sammy Davis Jr.'s recording, which sounds somewhat
different but seemed appropriate since Ben Vereen referenced Sammy
Davis Jr and sang this song in a fashion that seemed to be in tribute
to him. Kurt improvised a good portion of this program.