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Thomas R. Paxton was born October 31, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest child of Burton and Esther Paxton. The Paxton family moved to Bristow, Oklahoma in 1948, where Tom grew to adulthood and is a place he considers home. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he majored in drama and developed an interest in folk music. October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 61 days remaining, as the final day of October. ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Chicago, Illinois — officially the City of Chicago and colloquially known as Chicago, the Second City and the Windy City — is the third largest city of the United States after New York City and Los Angeles and is the largest inland city of the nation. ... Bristow is a city located in Creek County, Oklahoma. ... The University of Oklahoma (OU) is an institution of higher learning located in Oklahoma. ... Drama is a term generally used to refer to a literary form involving parts written for actors to perform. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ...

After time in the Army Reserves, Tom moved to New York City where he frequented the city's Greenwich Village coffeehouse circuit. Tom Paxton made his professional debut at the Gaslight, the renowned folk haunt that also issued the singer's first album. His early success in Greenwich Village coffeehouses led to an ever-increasing circle of work.

Paxton also auditioned to join the Chad Mitchell Trio, but although he failed, the group enjoyed a 1963 hit with "The Marvelous Toy', one of his early songs. The following year Paxton was signed to Elektra Records for whom he recorded his best known work. Then in 1965 he made his first tour of the United Kingdom -- the beginning of a still-thriving professional relationship that has included at least one tour in each of the succeeding years. The Chad Mitchell Trio was a popular folk music group during the 1960s. ... Elektra Records was a record label started in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickholt, who both invested $300. ...

He and his wife, Midge, have been married since 1963 and have two daughters, Jennifer and Kate. All three women have served as inspiration for many songs, and now three grandsons, Christopher, Sean, and Peter are adding to the sources of inspiration.

In addition to songwriting, Tom Paxton has written many critically acclaimed children's books, some of which where inspired by his songs for children. Adults and children enjoy his wonderful children's albums. They remind us all of the child inside.

He has performed thousands of concerts around the world in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada. Paxton enjoys an enviable relationship with countless fans throughout the world. That those fans continue to seek him is a testament to the quality of his newest material and the enduring power of modern standards like "The Last Thing on My Mind," "Ramblin' Boy," "Bottle of Wine," "Whose Garden Was This," and "The Marvelous Toy."

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VH1.com : Tom Paxton : Biography - Urge Music Downloads (2130 words)
Tom Paxton proved to be one of the most durable of the singer/songwriters to emerge from the Greenwich Village folk revival scene of the early '60s.
Paxton, meanwhile, had become dissatisfied with the state of his career in the U.S.; he seemed to be more popular in Great Britain, where Tom Paxton 6 had made the Top 25.
Paxton's 1985 Flying Fish LP One Million Lawyers and Other Disasters was a return to satiric form with the title song ("In ten years there's gonna be one million lawyers/How much can a poor nation stand?") and "Yuppies in the Sky" (a parody based on the 1949 hit "Riders in the Sky [A Cowboy Legend]").
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Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community.
Paxton's songbooks, critically acclaimed children's books (available from HarperCollins - see the page for children), award-winning children's recordings, and a catalog of hundreds of songs (recorded by artists running the gamut from Willie Nelson to Placido Domingo), all serve to document Tom Paxton's 40-year career.
Tom Paxton's place in folk music is secured not just by hit records and awards, but by the admiration of three generations of fellow musicians.
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