Hoyt Axton

Gold

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Singer/actor/songwriter Hoyt Axton's peak period was unquestionably the early to mid-'70s; he wrote a number of hits in that era, including "Snowblind Friend," "Never Been to Spain," "No No Song," "Joy to the World," and "The Pusher," not to mention his own laid-back baritone vocal on the chart-topping "Boney Fingers" and "Della & the Dealer." In contrast, Gold provides an interesting yet non-essential glimpse into the pre-country-pop of Axton's early, developing material. Performed mainly in the folk style of the early '60s, these 24 tracks were originally recorded for Vee-Jay Records. Early hits like "Greenback Dollar" and "Thunder N' Lightnin'" are included, along with a version of "Heartbreak Hotel" which was co-written by Axton's mother, Mae.

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