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Hoyt Wayne Axton was an American country music singer-songwriter, and a film and television actor.

He was born in Duncan, Oklahoma and was raised in Comanche, Oklahoma. His mother, Mae Boren Axton, had her own spot in popular culture history and 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. Hoyt served in the US Navy aboard the USS Princeton (LPH-5), before pursuing a music career.

He began singing folk songs in San Francisco nightclubs in 1958. In the early 1960s he released a folksy album titled Greenback Dollar (recorded at the legendary Troubadour), whose title song became a 1963 hit for The Kingston Trio. In the early 1970s, Axton composed "Joy To The World" and "Never Been To Spain" for Three Dog Night. These songs reached #1 and #5 respectively, on Top 40 charts.

Axton released numerous albums well into the 1980s, changing somewhat with the times but always retaining an honest, down-home and fairly "country" approach to his music.

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