Mr. Bojangles at the Santa Monica Pier

Los Angeles, CA

September 3, 2009  2:00 PM

The best rendition of “Mr. Bojangles” ever performed was by Mr. Sammy Davis Jr.

In my opinion, the second best rendition is by a unknown performer at the end of the Santa Monica Pier.    His setup was not the stage of a high class music hall with professional lighting and a backup orchestra.  It was a simple one mic, one guitar, an umbrella and a little puppy name “Angel”.

At first I ignored this lonely singer as I was taken in by my surroundings of the pier and the ocean.  I was at the Santa Monica Pier!!  However, when the singer started “Mr. Bojangles”, I couldn’t help but take notice.  Now, I don’t know if it was the atmosphere that made his performance so haunting but it came together so well.

I remember it like it was yesterday.