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Hoyt Axton on the cover of Southbound (1975)

Hoyt Wayne Axton (March 25, 1938October 26, 1999) was an American country music singer-songwriter, and a film and television actor. Image File history File links HoytAxtonSouthbound. ... Image File history File links HoytAxtonSouthbound. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...


He was born in Duncan, Oklahoma and was raised in Comanche, Oklahoma. His mother, Mae Boren Axton, had her own spot in popular culture history and co-wrote the classic rock 'n' roll song "Heartbreak Hotel", which became the first major hit for Elvis Presley. Some of Hoyt's own songs were also later recorded by Elvis. Hoyt served in the US Navy aboard the USS Princeton (LPH-5), before pursuing a music career. Duncan is a city located in Stephens County, Oklahoma. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Comanche is a city located in Stephens County, Oklahoma. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Mae Boren Axton (September 14, 1914 in Bardwell, Texas - April 9, 1997 in Hendersonville, Tennessee) was known in the music industry as the Queen Mother of Nashville. She was enormously influential in the Nashville music industry. ... Rock and roll - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Heartbreak Hotel is a rock and roll song by Elvis Presley, with Bill Black (bass) and Scotty Moore (guitar) as the main supporting musicians. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... The fifth USS Princeton (CV-37) (also CVA-37, CVS-37, LPH-5) was a United States Navy Ticonderoga-class aircraft carrier (later refit into a Boxer-class LPH). ...


He began singing folk songs in San Francisco nightclubs in 1958. In the early 1960s he released a folksy album titled Greenback Dollar (recorded at the legendary Troubadour), whose title song became a 1963 hit for The Kingston Trio. Axton released numerous albums well into the 1980s, changing somewhat with the times but always retaining an honest, down-home and fairly "country" approach to his music. Exterior of the Troubadour Damien Rice at the Troubadour The Troubadour is a nightclub located in West Hollywood, California, at 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard just east of Doheny Drive and the border of Beverly Hills. ... The Kingston Trios original lineup: Bob Shane, Dave Guard, Nick Reynolds The Kingston Trio is an American folk group. ...


Axton had many minor singing hits of his own, such as "Boney Fingers" ("Work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Boney fingers, boney fingers"), "When the Morning Comes", and 1979's "Della and the Dealer" (which he sang in a guest appearance on WKRP in Cincinnati). His vocal style was notable for its distinctive baritone and for its use of characterization: at times gritty and defiant, other times exceptionally mellow, occasionally deliberately cartoonish. One song, "Officer Ray," is styled in self-parody, as Hoyt softly croons curses at a sadistic police officer that would seem more likely to come from the narrator of "The Pusher": "Officer Ray / .... / May you have a bad day / May your wife run away/ With a hippie." WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982) was an American situation comedy that featured the misadventures of the staff of a struggling radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


But his most lasting contributions were songs made famous by others: "Never Been to Spain" (Three Dog Night), the previously mentioned "Greenback Dollar" (Kingston Trio), "The Pusher" (Steppenwolf), and "No-No Song" (Ringo Starr) and for an array of others, including Joan Baez, Waylon Jennings, John Denver and Linda Ronstadt. They are songs heard by millions over the years, few of whom could likely name Hoyt as the author. His most popular and signature song, "Joy to the World" (Three Dog Night), was No. 1 on the charts for six straight weeks in 1971, making it the top hit of the year. Three Dog Night is an American rock and roll band, best known for their work from 1968-1975 but still making live appearances as of 2007. ... It has been suggested that The Sparrows be merged into this article or section. ... Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940 in Liverpool),[1] known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer and actor, best known as the drummer of the Beatles. ... Three Dog Night is an American rock and roll band, best known for their work from 1968-1975 but still making live appearances as of 2007. ...


A large man, Axton as an actor specialized in playing good ol' boys on television and in films. His face became well-known in the 1970s and 1980s through many TV and film appearances, from Bonanza to the movies Gremlins and The Black Stallion. He sang the jingle "Head For the Mountains" in the Busch beer commercials in the 1980s (He also sung The Ballad of Big Mac touting the recently released McDonalds hamburger the Big Mac on screen in a 1969 commercial he filmed for the hamburger franchise). For the exclusionary power structure, see Good ol boy network. ... The Bonanza logo was superimposed upon a map of a wild west frontier area. ... Gremlins is an American horror-comedy film directed by Joe Dante and released in 1984. ... The Black Stallion is a 1979 film adapted by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff from the 1941 classic childrens novel by Walter Farley. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants [1]. Although McDonalds did not invent the hamburger or fast food, its name has become nearly synonymous with both. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ...


Axton spent some time struggling with alcohol and cocaine addiction and several of his songs, including "The Pusher," "Snowblind Friend," and "No-No Song," partly reflect his negative drug experiences. He had been known as an opponent of drug use for many years when, in February 1997, he and his wife were arrested at their Montana home for possession of approximately 500 grams of marijuana, about a pound. His wife explained later that she offered Hoyt marijuana to relieve pain and stress following a 1995 stroke; both were fined and given deferred sentences. A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ...


Hoyt never fully recovered from his stroke, and still had to use a wheelchair much of the time. He died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana, on October 26, 1999, at the age of 61. Axton had suffered a severe heart attack two weeks earlier and experienced another one while undergoing surgery in Montana. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... Victor is a census-designated place located in Ravalli County, Montana. ... Official language(s) English Capital Helena Largest city Billings Area  Ranked 4th  - Total 147,165 sq mi (381,156 km²)  - Width 255 miles (410 km)  - Length 630 miles (1,015 km)  - % water 1  - Latitude 44°26N to 49°N  - Longitude 104°2W to 116°2W Population  Ranked... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

Contents

Selective list of songs

Among his best-known compositions (or co-writing credits) are:

Della and The Dealer and Hotel Ritz both became minor hit singles in the UK after extensive playing by the British D.J. Terry Wogan on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast programme of the time. In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The Kingston Trios original lineup: Bob Shane, Dave Guard, Nick Reynolds The Kingston Trio is an American folk group. ... This article, image, template or category belongs in one or more categories. ... It has been suggested that The Sparrows be merged into this article or section. ... Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940 in Liverpool),[1] known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer and actor, best known as the drummer of the Beatles. ... Three Dog Night is an American rock and roll band, best known for their work from 1968-1975 but still making live appearances as of 2007. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Joy to the world is a song written by Hoyt Axton, and made famous by the band Three Dog Night. ... Three Dog Night is an American rock and roll band, best known for their work from 1968-1975 but still making live appearances as of 2007. ... It has been suggested that The Sparrows be merged into this article or section. ... Brownsville Station is a Metrorail station in Miami, Florida. ... Sir Doctor Michael Terence Wogan KBE (b August 3, 1938, County Limerick, Ireland), more commonly known as Terry Wogan or affectionately known as Wingnut due to his large ears, is a radio and television broadcaster who has mainly worked for the BBC in the United Kingdom for most of his... BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and is the most popular station in the UK. It broadcasts throughout the UK on FM radio between 88 and 91 MHz from its studios in Western House, adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London. ...


Movies and television

His movie appearances include:

His television work included appearances on episodes of The Black Stallion is a 1979 film adapted by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff from the 1941 classic childrens novel by Walter Farley. ... Heart Like a Wheel is a 1983 movie based on the life of drag racing driver Shirley Muldowney (played by Bonnie Bedelia). ... Gremlins is an American horror-comedy film directed by Joe Dante and released in 1984. ... Released in 1989, Disorganized Crime is a movie (a cult movie to some) set in Montana written and directed by Jim Kouf. ... Were no Angels is a 1955 comedy picture starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray. ... The Junkman was a 1982 independent film which spent two years in production. ... Deadline Auto Theft is an 1983 independent film written and directed by H.B Toby Halicki. ...

Axton also composed and sang the theme song to the short-lived TV sitcom Flo. The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. ... The Bonanza logo was superimposed upon a map of a wild west frontier area. ... WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982) was an American situation comedy that featured the misadventures of the staff of a struggling radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Diffrent Strokes was an American sitcom that aired on the NBC television network from 1978 to 1985, and on ABC from 1985 to 1986. ... Jessica in the Murder, She Wrote episode The Cemetery Vote Murder, She Wrote is a long-running television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. ... Growing Pains was an American television sitcom that ran on the ABC network from 1985 to 1992. ... Faerie Tale Theatre, fully Shelley Duvalls Faerie Tale Theatre, is a live action childrens television series created by Shelley Duvall that ran from 1982 to 1987 retelling popular fairy tales. ... Goldilocks and the Three Bears is the 9th episode of the television anthology Faerie Tale Theatre. ... The Bionic Woman was a television series which spun off from The Six Million Dollar Man. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Flo Robson is an obsesive hairy creature. ...


Reference

  • Allen, Bob. (1998). "Hoyt Axton". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 23.

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Hoyt Axton - Music Downloads - Online (302 words)
Axton was born March 25, 1938 in Duncan, OK, the son of a naval officer and his English teacher wife.
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.
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.
Hoyt Axton Biography (1651 words)
Hoyt Axton was born on March 25, 1938, in Duncan, Oklahoma.
Ironically, however, Hoyt credits his music career as much to John T. as he does to Mae: "He was a singer and he loved to sing, although never professionally, probably never performed on a stage in his life, but he had this wonderful baritone voice, and he sang all the time.
Not only is Hoyt a memorable baritone (he is, by the way, one of the few people on the planet who can truly pull off a song acappella), he is also a great story teller, and interspersed some wildly funny rambling anecdotes among his tunes.
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