We’re travelling back to 1979 this morning, and to a song which was the only UK hit for a Country artist more renowned for penning songs made famous by others.
Mind you, Hoyt Axton came from prestigious song-writing stock: his mother, Mae Boren Axton co-wrote “Heartbreak Hotel” with Tommy Durden.
As for Hoyt, he wrote such songs as “Greenback Dollar” for The Kingston Trio, “The Pusher” for Steppenwolf, which featured on the soundtrack of “Easy Rider” and “Joy to the World”, a number one hit in the US for Three Dog Night.
But the most famous of his own recordings must be this one:
I’d love to say that the most famous thing about Axton was his music, but for many folks of a certain age there is something he is perhaps more well known for.
Some of you may be looking at that picture, scratching your head and trying to work out where you know him from.
I imagine, it’s from this:
I think we can safely say my next hour and a half is going to be spent watching “Gremlins”, yet again.