Reader letter: Busker’s legacy will live on

PUBLISHED: 15:17 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:17 12 April 2018

Jonny Walker died March 14 2018. Picture courtesy of Mr Walker's family.

Jonny Walker died March 14 2018. Picture courtesy of Mr Walker's family.


One reader pays tribute to Norwich busker Jonny Walker, who sadly died earlier this year.

I was so sorry to read of the death of Norwich street busker Jonny Walker, who has sadly left us far too soon, aged only 37 years.

I had the pleasure of meeting this charismatic young gentleman about five years ago after listening to his fluent guitar/vocal playing style near the Haymarket, while my wife and sister-in-law searched nearby shops for wedding attire.

Jonny told me he enjoyed playing Norwich because it was such a welcoming and friendly city, as well as

having a large fan base for his music. He gifted me with a demo CD of his work - 20 superb MOR (middle of the road) songs and popular ballad tracks.

As a request he played Don McLean’s American Pie, belting out faultlessly the song’s six enigmatic verses with exactly clarity.

As well as a man of the people, championing many good causes, he will always be remembered as one of the all time great buskers Norwich has had the pleasure to embrace.

So, rest in peace Jonny, your influential brand of street music lives on.

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