Personalities | Hoyt Axton | Mainstream Country

(Vocals, songwriter, actor, 1938–99)

Axton’s mother, Mae Boren Axton, co-wrote ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, and Hoyt himself enjoyed his greatest success through other artist’s covers of his songs – ‘Greenback Dollar’ (Kingston Trio), ‘Joy To The World’ (Three Dog Night) and ‘The Pusher’ (Steppenwolf). Popular in the UK through his 1979 singles ‘Della And The Dealer’ and ‘A Rusty Old Halo’, and in the movie Gremlins (one of several acting roles), Axton hardly gained the chart success he deserved. His 1974 Top 10 hits, ‘When The Morning Comes’ and ‘Boney Fingers’, were typical of this deep-voiced act.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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