25 March 1938, Duncan, Oklahoma, USA, d. 26 October 1999, Victor, Montana, USA. The son of Mae Boren Axton (who co-wrote Heartbreak Hotel for Elvis Presley), Hoyt began his music career as a folk singer on the west coast. In 1962, he signed to Horizon Records and released The Balladeer, which featured future Byrds leader Roger McGuinn on guitar. As the 60s unfolded, Axton expanded his repertoire to include blues and country, while also establishing himself as a songwriter of considerable talent. His first hit as a composer was the Kingston Trios Greenback Dollar and later in the decade he wrote Steppenwolfs famous drug song, The Pusher. The victim of cocaine addiction for many years, he still managed to record prolifically, though it was as a composer that he enjoyed commercial success. Two major hits in the 70s, courtesy of Three Dog Night (Joy To The World) and Ringo Starr (No No Song)...
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