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Hoyt Axton

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Birth name Hoyt Wayne Axton
Nationality USA
Birth 25 march 1938 at Duncan (USA)
Death 26 october 1999 (at 61 years) at Helena (USA)

Hoyt Wayne Axton (March 25, 1938 – October 26, 1999) was an American folk music singer-songwriter, and a film and television actor. He became prominent in the early 1960s, establishing himself on the West Coast as a folk singer with an earthy style and powerful voice. As he matured, some of his songwriting efforts became well known throughout the world. Among them were "Joy to the World", "The Pusher", "No No Song", "Greenback Dollar", and "Never Been to Spain".


Born in Duncan, Oklahoma, Axton spent his pre-teen years in Comanche, Oklahoma, with his brother, John. His mother, Mae Boren Axton, co-wrote the classic rock 'n' roll song "Heartbreak Hotel", which became the first major hit for Elvis Presley. Some of Hoyt's own songs were also later recorded by Elvis. Axton's father, John T. Axton, was a Naval officer stationed in Jacksonville, Florida; the family joined him there in 1949. Axton graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1956 and left town after Knauer's Hardware burned down on graduation night, a prank gone wrong. Axton attended Oklahoma State for a short length of time before following his father and enlisting in the Navy. Axton served aboard the USS Ranger before pursuing a music career.

After his discharge from the Navy on the West Coast, he began singing folk songs in San Francisco nightclubs. In the early 1960s he released his first folk album titled The Balladeer (recorded at the Troubadour), which included his song "Greenback Dollar", a 1963 hit for The Kingston Trio. Axton released numerous albums well into the 1980s.

Axton had many minor singing hits of his own, such as "Boney Fingers", "When the Morning Comes", and 1979's "Della and the Dealer", as well as "Jealous Man" (the latter two he sang in a guest appearance on WKRP in Cincinnati). His vocal style featured his distinctive bass-baritone (which later deepened to near-bass) and use of characterization.

But his most lasting contributions were songs made famous by others: "Joy to the World" and "Never Been to Spain" (Three Dog Night), the previously mentioned "Greenback Dollar" (Kingston Trio), "The Pusher" and "Snowblind Friend" (Steppenwolf), "No-No Song" (Ringo Starr), and an array of others, covered by singers such as Joan Baez, Guthrie Thomas, John Denver, Waylon Jennings,Jonathan Edwards, and Anne Murray. Axton also sang a couple of duets with Linda Ronstadt, including "Lion in Winter" and "When the Morning Comes" (a top 40 country hit). His composition "Joy to the World", as performed by Three Dog Night, was Number 1 on the charts for six straight weeks in 1971, making it the top hit of the year.

Axton first appeared on television in a David L. Wolper ABC production of The Story of a Folksinger (1963). He frequently appeared on Hootenanny, hosted by Jack Linkletter during this period. In 1965, he appeared in an episode of Bonanza, then followed with other TV roles over the years. As he matured, Axton specialized in playing good ol' boys on television and in films. His face became well known in the 1970s and 1980s through many TV and film appearances, such as in the movies Gremlins (1984) and The Black Stallion (1979). He sang the jingle "Head For the Mountains" in the Busch beer commercials in the 1980s (and also "The Ballad of Big Mac", touting McDonald's Big Mac onscreen in a 1969 commercial he filmed for the hamburger franchise). In 1985 he did a commercial for Pizza Hut.

Last years and death
Axton spent some time struggling with cocaine addiction and several of his songs, including "The Pusher", "Snowblind Friend", and "No-No Song", partly reflect his negative drug experiences. He had been known as an opponent of drug use for many years when, in February 1997, he and his wife were arrested at their Montana home for possession of approximately 500 grams of marijuana, a little over a pound. His wife explained later that she offered Axton marijuana to relieve pain and stress following a 1995 stroke; both were fined and given deferred sentences.

Axton never fully recovered from his stroke, and still had to use a wheelchair much of the time. His mother, Mae, drowned in a hot tub at her Tennessee home in 1997. Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana, on October 26, 1999, at the age of 61, after suffering a severe heart attack two weeks earlier.

On November 1, 2007, he and his mother were inducted posthumously in to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Best films

Gremlins (1984)
The Black Stallion (1979)

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Filmography of Hoyt Axton (25 films)

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King Cobra
King Cobra (1999)

Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films, Films about snakes, Reptile
Actors Pat Morita, Hoyt Axton, Joseph Ruskin, Courtney Gains, Erik Estrada, Efren Ramirez
Roles Mayor Ed Biddle
Rating32% 1.6192451.6192451.6192451.6192451.619245
Des scientifiques testent un produit qui augmente l'agressivité de l'homme et des animaux. Ils donnent naissance à une créature mutante ressemblant à une sorte de serpent géant ; un monstre de plusieurs mètres de long qui sème la terreur là où il passe...
King Cobra
King Cobra (1999)
, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films, Films about snakes
Actors Pat Morita, Hoyt Axton, Courtney Gains, Joseph Ruskin, Efren Ramirez, Erik Estrada
Roles Mayor Ed Biddle
Rating32% 1.619641.619641.619641.619641.61964
A genetics laboratory run by Dr. Irwin Burns (Joseph Ruskin) to research aggressive behavior has an accident, resulting in a chemical fire and explosion, and the escape of a thirty foot long hybrid snake with traits of both the Asian King Cobra (in the film, it is referred to as the African King Cobra, even though the King Cobra species doesn't inhabit the African Subcontinent) and the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. Loose in the countryside and filled with the experimental aggressiveness drug, the snake, nicknamed "Seth", eventually outgrows his woodland prey, it begins hunting the residents of the small brewery town of Filmore.
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long
Directed by Thomas Schlamme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors John Goodman, Matt Craven, Anne Heche, Brent Spiner, Ann Dowd, Bob Gunton
Roles Huey P. Long, Sr.
Rating61% 3.0998553.0998553.0998553.0998553.099855
A biographical drama about Louisiana politician Huey Long, whose nickname was The Kingfish.
Harmony Cats, 1h44
Directed by Sandra Wilson
Origin Canada
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Kim Coates, Jim Byrnes, Charlene Fernetz, Hoyt Axton, Alex Diakun, Beverley Elliott
Roles Bill Stratton
Rating64% 3.2363653.2363653.2363653.2363653.236365
Harmony Cats is about a violinist named Graham Braithwaite (Coates) who plays with a British Columbia symphony. One day, the symphony stops playing permantently and Graham is left to find work elsewhere. He joins a country music band as a bassist and becomes caught between members of the new band.
Dorf Goes Auto Racing, 30minutes
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Road movies
Actors Eddie Deezen, Tim Conway, Hoyt Axton
Roles Self
Rating56% 2.841642.841642.841642.841642.84164
World-famous European race car driver, Duessel Dorf, comes to America to take on his greatest challenge-stock car racing at Sears Point Raceway. However, Dorf, with his usual skill, soon turns the race into a shambles and sets the world of stock car racing on its ear.
The Civil War
Directed by Ken Burns
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Political films
Actors Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Garrison Keillor, Arthur Miller
Roles Various
Rating89% 4.4987454.4987454.4987454.4987454.498745
"La guerre de sécession" est un film documentaire réalisé par l'Américain Ken Burns sur la guerre de Sécession. Le documentaire dure 11 heures, découpé en neuf épisodes. Episode 1 : La cause Episode 2 : L'impasse sanglante Episode 3 : Libres, à jamais Episode 4 : Un meurtre, tout simplement Episode 5 : L’enfer des combats Episode 6 : La vallée de l'ombre de la mort Episode 7 : Terre sanctifiée Episode 8 : La guerre, c'est l'enfer Episode 9 : Les meilleurs anges de notre nature
Buried Alive, 1h33
Directed by Frank Darabont
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Tim Matheson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, William Atherton, Hoyt Axton, Wayne Grace, Jan Merlin
Roles Sheriff Sam Eberly
Rating64% 3.201953.201953.201953.201953.20195
Clint Goodman is a successful contractor who has built his comfortable house and his construction company in his hometown through hard work. He loves his wife Joanna, but she is very resentful to him most of the time, they have been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby. Clint's best friend is Sheriff Sam Eberly and every now and then they spend the night fishing in the lake.
Disorganized Crime, 1h38
Directed by Jim Kouf
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Heist films
Actors Fred Gwynne, Lou Diamond Phillips, William Russ, Rubén Blades, Corbin Bernsen, Ed O'Neill
Roles Sheriff Henault
Rating61% 3.0962753.0962753.0962753.0962753.096275
The story begins in a small town in western Montana where New Jersey based bank robber Frank Salazar has been hiding out from the law after a series of bank robberies in Newark. Upon realizing that the local bank contains a large amount of cash, Salazar recruits four former accomplices to come to town and help him rob the bank. Among them are Nick Bartkowski, a nervous and possibly alcoholic safecracker; Max Green, an old school explosives expert with a heart condition; Ray Forgy, a young, wisecracking auto thief and getaway driver; and Carlos Barrios, a well-manicured lookout and weapons expert.
We're No Angels, 1h42
Directed by Neil Jordan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Themes Prison films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Buddy films, Chase films
Actors Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Demi Moore, Hoyt Axton, Bruno Kirby, Ray McAnally
Roles Father Levesque
Rating61% 3.0509053.0509053.0509053.0509053.050905
A couple of 1930s Great Depression-era convicts, Ned and Jim, jailed on never-specified charges and abused by a ruthless warden, are dragged along when a vicious killer named Bobby escapes the electric chair.
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek, 1h36
Directed by Richard Lang
Genres Drama
Themes Christmas films
Actors John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Kim Delaney, Zachary Ansley, Antony Holland, Joy Coghill
Roles Al Bensinger
Rating63% 3.196793.196793.196793.196793.19679
Willow Creek, Alaska is going through problems because the town's main business, a cannery, has closed and many residents no longer have jobs. Ray and Pete are brothers; although they share the same profession (truck drivers), they are different as day and night.
Retribution, 1h47
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Actors Dennis Lipscomb, Suzanne Snyder, Hoyt Axton, George Murdock, Susan Peretz, Tony Cox
Roles Lt. Ashley
Rating59% 2.9503252.9503252.9503252.9503252.950325
On Halloween, two men both die at the same time: George Miller commits suicide by jumping from a hotel roof, and Vito Minelli angers the mob when he can't pay off his gambling debts. When George is revived and nursed back to health, he begins to have nightmares about Vito's life. His psychiatrist, Dr. Curtis, thinks that he's mentally ill, but Lt. Ashley believes that he's responsible for a series of brutal murders. George eventually discovers that he's been possessed by Vito, who has been killing the gangsters responsible for his own death.
Act of Vengeance, 1h35
Directed by John Mackenzie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Crime, Politic
Actors Charles Bronson, Ellen Burstyn, Keanu Reeves, Wilford Brimley, Ellen Barkin, Hoyt Axton
Roles Silous Huddleston
Rating60% 3.0002053.0002053.0002053.0002053.000205
Un mineur syndiqué met sa vie en danger lorsqu'il entreprend de dénoncer la corruption du président de son syndicat.
Dallas: The Early Years, 3h
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors David Marshall Grant, Dale Midkiff, Molly Hagan, Hoyt Axton, Larry Hagman, Bill Duke
Roles Aaron Southworth
Rating68% 3.436523.436523.436523.436523.43652
Written by series creator David Jacobs, the movie chronicles the exploits of John Ross "Jock" Ewing (Dale Midkiff), Eleanor "Miss Ellie" Southworth Ewing (Molly Hagan), and Willard "Digger" Barnes (David Marshall Grant) from 1933 to the early 1950s, and firmly established the background story of TV's Dallas with the long and ongoing feud between Jock and Digger. Larry Hagman appears in the opening sequence as his character J.R. Ewing, being interviewed by a reporter who is researching the Barnes – Ewing feud.
Gremlins (1984)
, 1h45
Directed by Joe Dante
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Monde imaginaire, Christmas films, Comedy horror films
Actors Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain, Corey Feldman
Roles Randall Peltzer
Rating72% 3.647613.647613.647613.647613.64761
Randall “Rand” Peltzer, a struggling inventor, visits a Chinatown antique store in the hope to find a Christmas present for his son Billy. In the store, Randall encounters a small, furry creature called a Mogwai. The owner Mr. Wing refuses to sell the creature to Rand, so his grandson secretly sells the Mogwai to Rand but tells him to remember three important rules that must never be broken – do not expose the Mogwai to bright lights or sunlight which will kill it, do not let it get wet, and never feed it after midnight.
Deadline Auto Theft, 1h38
Directed by Henry Blight Halicki
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Henry Blight Halicki, Hoyt Axton, Dan Grimaldi, George Cole, Lang Jeffries
Roles Captain Gibbs
Rating54% 2.7185352.7185352.7185352.7185352.718535
After the attempted theft of his daughter's (Judi Gibbs) husband's car (Dan Grimaldi), LAPD Captain Gibbs (Hoyt Axton) declares war on master car thief Maindrian Pace (H.B 'Toby' Halicki). Meanwhile, Pace is hired to steal 48 cars, and must do so without being caught. The plot is virtually identical to that of Gone in 60 Seconds, with the addition of the character of Gibbs.