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Whatever Happened To Hoyt Axton?

You didn’t have to be a fan of country music to love the work of Hoyt Axton.  You might love rock and roll.  Or maybe a folk music fan.  It didn’t matter.

The musical fingerprints of Hoyt Axton were everywhere.

Coming out of the state of Oklahoma, Hoyt came onto his creative and musical talents honestly, since his Mom co-wrote the Elvis Presley classic ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.

Hoyt spent much of the 1960′s in folk music, releasing his own albums and writing the folk classic ‘Greenback Dollar’  for the Kingston Trio.

But it was the 1970′s when the general public was introduced to Hoyt Axton in a big way.  Aside from his country music success, did you know Hoyt Axton wrote ‘Joy To The World (Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog)’ and ‘Never Been To Spain’ for Three Dog Night, ‘The Pusher’ and ‘Snowblind Friend’ for Steppenwolf and ‘The No No Song’ for Ringo Starr?  And there were other rock and roll songs as well.

But in country music, we know Hoyt best for great classic’s like ‘Boney Fingers’, ‘When The Morning Comes’ and the great story of ‘Della And The Dealer’.

 

 

So whatever happened to Hoyt Axton?

Hoyt battled some drug demons in his life and suffered a stroke in 1995.  He never fully recovered from the stroke, and died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana in 1999.  He was just 61 years old.

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