Born Ronald Clyde Crosby on March 16, 1942, in Oneonta, was a member of OHS Coach Tony Drago’s unbeaten, untied 1959-60 varsity basketball team. He also formed his first band locally, The Tones. He graduated in 1960 and moved to New York City, then to Austin.
In 1968, he recorded his hit, “Mr. Bojangles,” which was covered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sammy Davis Jr. He released over 30 albums, including “It’s About Time” in 2018.
In 2008, he was named to the Oneonta Alumni Association’s Wall of Fame.