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Hoyt Axton

  • Birth 25 Mar 1938 Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 26 Oct 1999 Victor, Ravalli County, Montana, USA
  • Burial Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana, USA
  • Memorial ID 11855

Singer, Songwriter, Actor. Born Hoyt Wayne Axton. in Duncan, Oklahoma to John and Mae Boren Axton. His father was a teacher and high school athletics coach. His mother was also a school teacher and songwriter. She co-wrote Elvis‘ smash hit, "Heartbreak Hotel". Raised primarily in Jacksonville, FL, he studied classical piano as a child before switching to guitar, writing his first songs at 15. Hoyt played football at Robert E. Lee High in Jacksonville, Florida. His athletic ability was such that he made All State and won a football scholarship to Oklahoma State University. In the late-fifties, He left college to join the Navy. He kept athletically active in the service by boxing. He went on to become the Heavyweight Champion of a task force of 35 ships. After his separation from the Navy in 1961, Hoyt went straight into the music business, writing and performing. He wrote "Joy To The World" and "Never Been To Spain," which were both recorded by Three Dog Night in the early 1970s. In 1979, Hoyt released the "Rusty Old Halo" album, on his own Jeremiah label, which stayed on the Country charts for a year. The songs "Della and the Dealer" and "Rusty Old Halo" from that album both hit the Top 20. He had over thirty albums released through the years. He was also an artist, having published a book of his original line drawings, and an actor. He appeared in numerous TV shows and played parts in over a dozen movies. He also did memorable TV commercial appearances and voice-overs. He suffered a stroke; his health continued to decline, and after a series of heart attacks he died at the age of 61.

Bio by: Jane Stacy Eubanks


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 23 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11855
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hoyt Axton (25 Mar 1938–26 Oct 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11855, citing Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .