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    Hoyt Axton

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    I'm a Good Old Rebel lyrics
    7,993 4.0/5
    Joy to the World (Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog) lyrics
    8,520 4.0/5
    Lion in the Winter lyrics
    4Snowblind Friend lyrics
    5(i'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man lyrics
    6Whiskey lyrics
    7Pride of Man lyrics
    8Epistle lyrics
    9Evangelina lyrics
    Boney Fingers lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

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    Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog [Children's album] [1998]
    A Rusty Old Halo [Jeremiah] [1979]
    The A&M Years [1999]
    4Hoyt Axton Explodes [VJ] [1964]
    5Lion In Winter
    6Saturday's Child [Horizon] [1963]
    7Lonesome Road
    The Balladeer Hoyt Axton [Horizon Records] [1962]
    9Thunder 'N Kightnin' [Horizom] [1963]
    Greenback Dollar [Horizon] [1963]


    First rising to prominence as a songwriter, Hoyt Axton carved out successful
    careers as a singer and actor as well; rooted equally in country, folk and
    pop, his gravelly baritone and wry, earthy songs projected an uncommon
    wit, warmth, and optimism, yielding a consistently engaging body of work
    extending across four decades. Axton was born March 25, 1938 in Duncan,
    OK, the son of a naval officer and his English teacher wife. Raised primarily
    in Jacksonville, FL, he studied classical piano as a child before switching to
    guitar, writing his first songs at 15. Despite the musical impact of his mother,
    Mae Boren Axton — the co-author of Elvis Presley's landmark 1956
    chart-topper "Heartbreak Hotel" — he initially pursued a career in athletics,
    attending Oklahoma State University on a football scholarship before
    serving a stint in the navy. From there Axton relocated to San Francisco,
    performing at local folk clubs and in 1962 writing his first hit, the Kingston
    Trio's "Greenback Dollar." Later that year he issued his first album, The
    Balladeer, a live effort recorded at the Hollywood nightspot the Troubadour;
    a concurrent appearance on the television western Bonanza also launched
    his acting career.

    Axton resurfaced in 1963 with Thunder 'N Lightnin', followed later that year
    by Saturday's Child; around that same time one of his best friends suffered
    a fatal drug overdose, inspiring his song "The Pusher," a hit for the rock
    band Steppenwolf subsequently included on the soundtrack to the film Easy
    Rider. Despite his success as a songwriter, Axton's performing career failed
    to catch fire, and after 1965's Sings Bessie Smith he was without a recording
    contract for several years before signing to Columbia in 1969 to issue My
    Griffin Is Gone. While opening for Three Dog Night in support of the album,
    the band heard his composition "Joy to the World" — their recording of the
    song topped the pop charts in the spring of 1971 — and early the following
    year they returned to the Top Ten with Axton's "Never Been to Spain." He
    signed to A&M to release 1973's Less Than the Song; the follow-up, Life
    Machine, launched two of his biggest solo hits, the lovely "When the
    Morning Comes" (a duet with Linda Ronstadt) and "Boney Fingers." In 1975,
    Ringo Starr also notched a Top Three smash with Axton's "The No No Song."

    Following the much-acclaimed 1977 album Snowblind Friend, Axton
    completed his deal with MCA with the release of Free Sailin'; he then
    formed his own label, Jeremiah Records, and with 1979's A Rusty Old Halo
    scored his biggest solo hit with the classic "Della and the Dealer." In the
    wake of appearances on dozens of television series including I Dream of
    Jeannie and McCloud, he landed his first major film work that same year in
    the acclaimed family drama The Black Stallion; Axton's subsequent movie
    roles included co-starring appearances in projects including 1983's Heart
    Like a Wheel, 1984's Gremlins, and 1989's We're No Angels. After 1982's
    Pistol Packin' Mama, Jeremiah folded, and Axton was noticeably absent
    from recording until issuing the comeback album Spin of the Wheel in 1990.
    The LP was Axton's last major new release, however, and in 1996 he
    suffered a stroke; his health continued to decline, and after a series of
    heart attacks he died October 26, 1999 at the age of 61.

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