Thomas Richard Paxton, 31 October 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Paxtons interest in folk music developed as a student at the University of Oklahoma. In 1960 he moved to New York and became one of several aspiring performers to frequent the citys Greenwich Village coffee house circuit. Paxton made his professional debut at the Gaslight, the renowned folk haunt that also issued the singers first album in 1962. Two topical song publications, Sing Out! and Broadside, began publishing his original compositions which bore a debt to the traditional approach of Pete Seeger and Bob Gibson. Paxton also auditioned to join the Chad Mitchell Trio, but although he failed, the group enjoyed a 1963 hit with The Marvellous Toy, one of his early songs.
The following year Paxton was signed to Elektra Records for whom he recorded his best known work. Ramblin Boy indicated the diversity which would come to mark his recording...
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