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Hoyt Axton
Birth: Mar. 25, 1938
Death: Oct. 26, 1999

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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 Parents:
  John Thomas Axton (1913 - 1987)
  Mae Boren Axton (1914 - 1997)
 
 Sibling:
  Hoyt Axton (1938 - 1999)
  John Boren Axton (1940 - 1995)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: heart disease
 
Burial:
Riverview Cemetery
Hamilton
Ravalli County
Montana, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 23, 2000
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- Rhonda Cole
 Added: Sep. 3, 2014
HOYT , THANK YOU FOR YOUR MUSIC AND MOVIES, GOD BLESS AND REST IN PEACE.
- David Carrasquillo
 Added: Aug. 24, 2014
Hoyt Axton was a 1956 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Jacksonville, FL. Requiescat in pace.
- Steve Curlee, Class of '67
 Added: Aug. 5, 2014
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