The Complete Discography of HOYT AXTON


(updated April 2, 2014)





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This page is big enough now that it is divided into five sections.  You can jump to any section by clicking on it below:
Original Albums in the Discography
Miscellaneous Songs by Hoyt
Other Albums and Reissues
CDs that feature Hoyt
Publications

Photos and other Information

DVDs!

I now have DVDs available of Hoyt in his younger days.  The first is Hoyt's 1979 appearance on Austin City Limits.  The second goes way back to Hoyt as a guest star in a 1965 episode of Bonanza.  The third goes way, way back to the early 1960's (The Story of a Folksinger). Click here for details and what's new.

Hoyt on the TV show Hootenanny

(See the Miscellaneous Section)


Here's something new!

Hoyt's son, Matthew, now has his own website, Life Machine Inc., along with his mom, Donna Axton.  Matthew sounds a lot like Hoyt, and Donna is a superb piano player who was featured on many of Hoyt's albums as part of his band back in the '70s and '80s.  Take a look at Life Machine Inc. by clicking HERE.  There are some neat music and videos on the site.  Here is one of my favorite songs from one of Matt's albums:

Hoyt's song, You Taught Me How to Cry.  He sure sings like Hoyt, doesn't he?  Also try Blue Prelude - it's good too!


 

For availability of ANY of Hoyt's music, click here




     FREE MUSIC SAMPLES ADDED!!
For those of you with .mp3 software, you can now download portions of a few songs by Hoyt.  Each selected song is about 30 seconds or so, and each file size is 200-500k.  The songs listed in bold italicized underlined orange like this sentence are linked to it's .mp3 file.  Just click on the underlined song you want, and download it to your hard drive.

NOW... THE DISCOGRAPHY:

Here, I believe, is the first record Hoyt ever published.  The following information is from his biography:
"After his separation from the Navy in 1961,   
Hoyt went straight into the music business, writing and performing folk tunes in
keeping with times, though he included rhythm and blues, blues and rock numbers in his repetoire. After a brief stint in
Nashville, Hoyt headed for California, where he first attracted attention in 1962 while playing the San Francisco
coffee-house circuit. His performing style, best described as intense, set him apart from the clean-cut, collegiate, almost
'formal' style of many of his his contemporaries." 


During his stay in Nashville, which must have been in 1961, he recorded this 45 rpm record on the very obscure Briar
(Record courtesy of long time fan Julie Rose Palmer.)
label.  On the record, Hoyt sings a version of the then popular song Drinking Gourd and the flip side is a song written by Hoyt and his mother Mae called Georgia Hoss Soldier .  He sounds pretty young on the record - he was only 23 years old in 1961.  But what a voice!


In California, Hoyt and Horizon Records found each other, and his real career started.
The Balladeer (1962) Horizon WP-1601

Note:  This is the first album Hoyt recorded.  It was done at The Troubadour in Hollywood before a live audience.  This terrific album has Hoyt's introduction to many of the songs and the audience participation.

1. Ox Driver's Song
2. Peggy-O
3. Walkin' to Georgia
4. Vandy
5. John Henry
6. Greenback Dollar
7. Swananoah Tunnel
8. One Grain of Sand
9. Brisbane Ladies
10. Darlin'
11. Five Hundred Miles
12. The Balladeer


Greenback Dollar (1963) Horizon WP-1601

Note:  This album is a reissue of The Balladeer, deleting the live audience, Hoyt's introductions, and two songs.

1. Greenback Dollar
2. Ashville Junction (titled Swananoah Tunnel in the original Balladeer album)
3. Brisbane Ladies
4. Five Hundred Miles
5. The Balladeer
6. Ox Driver's Song
7. Peggy-O
8. Walkin' to Georgia
9. Vandy
10. John Henry



 

Thunder 'N Lightnin' (1963)   Horizon WP-1613

1. Thunder 'N Lightnin'
2. Blue Prelude
3. Woman at the Well   (Well Meeting Blues)
4. Grizzly Bear   (I'm Gonna Tell You a Story)
5. I Never Knew My Father
6. Midnight Special   (Sorrowful Midnight Train Blues)
7. This Little Light   (I'm Gonna Let My Little Light Shine)
8. Gypsy Woman
9. Water Boy
10. Daddy Walked in Darkness
11. Cocaine   (Habitual Blues)
12. House of the Rising Sun   (House in New Orleans)

Note:  Titles in parentheses were on some early white label "original version"  pressings of this album



 

Saturday's Child (1963) Horizon WP-1621

1. Saturday's Child
2. Trombone Charlie
3. St. James Infirmary
4. Hoochie Koochieman
5. Willie Jean
6. Movin' Down the Line
7. They've Been on their Jobs Too Long
8. Gambler's Blues
9. Voodoo Blues
10. Angel Cake and Wine
11. Make Me a Pallet
12. Rise Up     


Lyrics to:           Saturday’s Child, as sung by Hoyt Axton                                                                                     

Yeah, some were teethed on a silver spoon,
With a star hung high for a rattle;
People, I was teethed like the black raccoon,
As instruments of battle.

For I was born on Saturday,
A bad time to plant your seed;
The only thing my father said,
“Another mouth to feed”.

When I was born, oh the rain fell hard,
And misery piled high ‘round my mama’s door;
The first two words that I ever cried
Were “hungry” and “more”.

For I was born on Saturday,
A bad time to plant your seed;
And the only thing my momma said,
“Another mouth to feed”.

For I’m the brother to the black raccoon,
And the kin to all things wild;
The only thing God said to me,
“Boy, you’re Saturday’s Child”.

For some were teethed on a silver spoon,
With a star hung high for a rattle;
People, I was teethed like the black raccoon,
As instruments of battle.

For I was born on Saturday,
A bad time to plant your seed;
And the only thing they said to me,
[guitar end]



 

Hoyt Axton Explodes (1964) VJ-1098

1. L.A. Town
2. Double Double Dare
3. There's a Tiger in the Closet
4. Red White & Blue
5. Young Man
6. ABC Song
7. Big Red
8. Heartbreak Hotel
9. Lonesome Road
10. I'm Wild About My Loving
11. Never Gonna Work
12. I'll Be There

Note:  This album is available on CD - see Hoyt Axton Gold at bottom



 

Mr. Greenback Dollar Man (1965) Surrey SS-1005

1. Greenback Dollar
2. Shepherd
3. Sing In The Sunshine
4. Crawdad
5. Mountain High, Valley Low
6. The Fifth Day Of July
7. Jane Jane Jane
8. The Happy Song
9. The Far Side Of The Hill
10. I Feel The Warmth



 

Hoyt Axton Sings Bessie Smith (1965) Exodus EX-301

1. You've Been A Good Ole Wagon
2. Poor Man's Blues
3. Nobody Knows When You're Down & Out
4. J.C. Holmes Blues
5. Jailhouse Blues
6. Black Mountain
7. Long Old Road
8. Send Me To The Electric Chair
9. After You've Gone
10. Me And My Gin
11. Blue Spirit Blues



 

My Griffin Is Gone (1969)   Columbia CS-9766

1. On The Natural
2. Way Before The Time Of Towns
3. Beelzebub's Laughter
4. Sunshine Fields Of Love
5. It's All Right Now
6. Gypsy Will
7. Revelations
8. Snowblind Friend
9. Childhood's End
10. Sunrise
11. Kingswood Manor
12. Chase Down The Sun

Note:  This album is available on CD



 

Joy to the World (1971)   Capitol SMAS-788

1. Joy to the World
2. Alice in Wonderland
3. Never Been to Spain
4. The Pusher
5. Ease Your Pain
6. Have a Nice Day
7. Indian Song
8. California Women
9. Lightnin' Bar Blues
10. Farther Along & Old Time Religion

Note:  This album is available on CD - see American Originals below


Country Anthem (1971)   Capitol SMAS-850

1. My Carolina Sunshine Girl
2. Jambalaya
3. Officer Ray
4. Epistle
5. Heaven
6. Better Lovin' Man
7. Hey, Mr. Pilot Man
8. The Devil
9. Thomas Hall
10. Country Anthem

Note:  This album is available on CD - see American Originals below



 

Less Than the Song (1973)   A&M SP-4376

1. Sweet Misery
2. Less Than The Song
3. Sweet Fantasy
4. Days Are Short
5. Mary Makes Magic
6. Peacemaker
7. Nothin' To Lose
8. Oklahoma Song
9. Mexico City Hangover
10. Hungry Man
11. Somebody Turned On The Light
12. Blue Prelude

Note:  This album is available on CD - see The A&M Years below



 

Life Machine (1974)   A&M SP-3604

1. Maybelline
2. Life Machine
3. That's All Right
4. Geronimo's Cadillac
5. When The Morning Comes
6. Good Lookin' Child
7. I Dream Of Highways
8. Pet Parade
9. Telephone Booth
10. Boney Fingers
11. Billie's Theme

Note:  This album is available on CD - see The A&M Years below



 

Southbound (1975)   A&M SP-4510

1. I Love To Sing
2. Southbound
3. Lion In The Winter
4. Blind Fiddler
5. Pride Of Man
6. Greensleeves
7. No No Song
8. Nashville
9. Speed Trap (Out Of State Cars)
10. Roll Your Own
11. Whiskey
12. In A Young Girls Mind
13. Sometimes It's Easy

Note:  This album is available on CD - see The A&M Years below


Fearless (1976)   A&M SP-4571

1. Idol Of The Band
2. Evangelina
3. Flash Of Fire
4. Lay Lady, Lay
5. Jealous Man
6. Paid In Advance
7. An Old Greyhound
8. A Stone And A Feather
9. Gypsy Moth
10. Beyond These Walls
11. Penny Whistle Song
12. The Devil

Note:  This album is available on CD - see The A&M Years below



 

Snowblind Friend (1977)   MCA-2263

1. You're The Hangnail In My Life
2. Little White Moon
3. Water For My Horses
4. Funeral Of The King
5. I Light This Candle
6. Never Been To Spain
7. You Taught Me How To Cry
8. Snowblind Friend
9. Poncho And Lefty
10. Seven Come
11. I Don't Know Why I Love You

Note:  This album is available on CD



 

Free Sailin' (1978)   MCA-2319

1. Bluebird
2. Honky Tonk Music
3. The Way Of The World
4. The Heart You Break (May Be Your Own)
5. Jive Man
6. Free Sailing
7. Them Downers
8. Left My Gal In The Mountains
9. Darrel and Judy
10. Endless Road

Note:  This album is available on CD



 

A Rusty Old Halo (1979)   Jeremiah JH-5000

1. Rusty Old Halo
2. Della And The Dealer
3. The Hotel Ritz
4. So Hard To Give It All Up
5. Evangelina
6. Torpedo
7. Viva Pancho Villa
8. Wild Bull Rider
9. In A Young Girl's Mind
10. Gotta Keep Rollin'

Note:  This album is available on CD - see below



 

Where Did the Money Go? (1980)   Jeremiah JH-5001

1. Everybody's Goin' On The Road
2. Betty La Rue
3. Boozers Are Loosers
4. Politicians
5. (When You Dance) You Do Not Tango
6. Smile As You Go By
7. Where Did The Money Go?
8. Some People Ride
9. Midnight In Memphis
10. Ease Your Pain
11. The Battle Of New Orleans
12. The House Song

Note:  This album is available on CD - see below



 

Hoyt Axton Live (1981)   Jeremiah JH-5002

1. Roanoke
2. Wild Bull Rider
3. Flash Of Fire
4. Boney Fingers
5. Della And The Dealer
6. When The Morning Comes
7. Evangelina
8. No No Song
9. Mel Tillis/Roger Miller Story
10. Lion In The Winter
11. Jealous Man
12. The Devil
13. A Rusty Old Halo
14. Bus Story
15. An Old Greyhound
16. Orange Blossom Special
17. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
18. Maybelline
19. Never Been To Spain
20. Joy To The World

Note:  This album is available on CD



 

Pistol Packin' Mama (1982)   Jeremiah JH-5003

1. She's Too Lazy To Be Crazy
2. Pistol Packin' Mama
3. I Walk the Line
4. Don't Fence Me In
5. There Stands the Glass
6. Warm Storms and Wild Flowers
7. He Played Real Good for Free
8. James Dean and The Junkman
9. Indian Song
10. Fearless the Wonder Dog

Note:  This album is available on CD - see below



 

Double Dare (1982)   Brylen BN-4400

Note: This album is a compilation of songs from the 1964 album Explodes and the 1965 Bessie Smith album, except for Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, which was previously unreleased on an album.

1. Black Mountain
2. J. C. Holmes Blues
3. Jailhouse Blues
4. Blue Spirit Blues
5. Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (previously unreleased)
6. I'll Be There
7. Double Dare
8. Never Gonna' Work
9. Tiger in the Closet
10. Big Red



 

American Dreams (1984)   Global 206598-620

1. If You're A Cowboy*
2. Young Man*
3. American Dreams*
4. (Waitin' For) The Real Thing
5. We Were Buccaneers*
6. Boney Fingers (see Note below)
7. Streamlined Cannon Ball
8. Lightnin' Bar Blues
9. Rovin' Gambler
10. I Collect Hearts *

Note:  Original master tape has Brown Eyed Handsome Man instead of Boney Fingers as listed.

* Released on Spin of the Wheel CD (see below)



 

Spin of the Wheel (1990)

1. Spin Of The Wheel
2. Heartbreak Hotel
3. We Could've Been Sweethearts
4. Young Man
5. Mr. Winchester's Gun
6. If You're A Cowboy
7. American Dreams
8. Mountain Right
9. Cowboy's On Horses With Wings
10. I Collect Hearts
11. We Were Buccaneers
12. The Weight
13. Thank You, Lord
14. Blue Prelude

Note:  This album is available on CD






Miscellaneous Songs by Hoyt Axton
     




Hoyt on Hootenanny!

From Hoyt's 1964 appearance on the TV show Hootenanny.  This performance was at the University of Florida at Gainesville, and it first aired on February 8, 1964.

Hoyt sings One More Round and Trombone Charlie.

Click here for a 2 Mb download sample. 

Hoyt also appeared on Hootenanny two other times.  His first appearance was on November 2, 1963 at UCLA.  He sang three songs on that show:

Young Man, Banks of the Ohio, and Greenback Dollar.

His third and last appearance was on March 7, 1964 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  There he sang Grizzly Bear and Thunder 'N Lightnin':

Click here for a 2 Mb download sample. 


Lots of Other Music and Video

1.  San Fernando (from a 1967 Colgems 45 rpm single)

2.  Ten Thousand Sunsets (from the same single)
3.  Trouble and Misery (from the 1966 movie Smoky, co-starring Hoyt Axton)(Click here for link to DVDs)

4.  Smoky (from a 1966 20th Century Fox  45 rpm single #6648)


5.  Hard Luck Child (from the April 4, 1965 episode of Bonanza "Dead and Gone")(Click here for link to DVDs)
6.  Strongest of Oak (from the same Bonanza episode)
7.  Greenback Dollar (A 45 rpm single with banjo accompaniment)
Horizon 351
8.  One More Round (A 45 rpm single with Greenback Dollar on the flip side, recorded in the early '60s)
Horizon 362
9.  Soldier's Last Letter - from a Colpix 45 rpm single
10.  We've Got to Win this One - Jeremiah 1012 from 1981 (45 rpm single)
11.  Flo's Yellow Rose
Electra 47133 (Record courtesy of long time fan Dan Keller)

12. Smoky/ Five Dollar Bill (from the movie Smoky, co-starring Hoyt)(Click here for link to DVDs)

45-6648 (Record courtesy of long time fan Dan Keller)

On the set of Smoky


From a personal reel-to-reel tape courtesy of Bob Mizrahi, a long-time friend of Hoyt's, recorded around 1968:
1.   Top of the World
2.   She's Riding High on Me
3.   Seven Come
4.   Kingswood Manor
5.   Better Lovin' Man
6.   Mexico City Hangover
7.   It's Not Heavy
8.   Revelations
9.   The Pusher
10. Morning Star
11. San Fernando
12. Lily of the West
13. Five Dollar Bill
14. Sunshine Fields of Love
15. Bathtub LSD
16. Bring It With You When You Come
17. Alabamy Bound
18. Come Back
19. Basic Changes
20. Call Him Now
21. Singin' High

Most of these songs are incredible versions, especially Top of the World and She's Ridin' High on Me!

(Click here for link to CDs of Hoyt's early music)


From the 1973 movie, Buster and Billie, starring Jan Michael Vincent:
Billies' Theme
- from the movie Buster and Billie - this is the movie version, not the version on the Life Machine album.

(Also, see the DVD of the movie by clicking here)


From some studio rough takes in 1973 and 1974 when Hoyt was recording for A&M Records:
1.  Billies' Theme - a new and different version than the song on the Life Machine album.
2.  Bicycle Wreck - a long version of Good Lookin' Child from the Life Machine album with some introductory verses.
3.  Maybelline - a different version than what's on Life Machine.
4.  Geronimo's Cadillac - another version, a bit different from the Life Machine album.
5.  Telephone Booth - a bit different than the Life Machine version.


Hoyt and Linda Ronstadt



 


Nine songs from a 1967 radio show hosted by Skip Weshner:
1.  It's All Right Now
2.  Hard Luck Child
3.  Carolina Sunshine Girl
4.  Lady of the Burning Green Jade
5.  Don't Rain on Me
6.  Bathtub LSD
7.  Above the Madness
8.  Now's the Time for Love
9.  A Rusty Old Halo

(Click here for link to CD sets of the Skip Weshner Show)



 

Songs from an Interview with Hoyt on KPFK in 1977:
1.  Jealous Man
2.  Darrel and Judy
3.  I Dream of Highways
4.  Pride of Man and dialog with Hoyt about his music philosophy



 


Three songs from a studio tape from Janalee Eberly, Hoyt's backup singer and long time friend:
1.  Old Red
2.  Somebody to Care
3.  A Bible and a Gun

(See Janalee with Hoyt on DVD.  Click here for the  Austin City Limits DVD)


From a Country Concert at Gilleys:
1.  Lightnin' Bar Blues



 


From a tape of Hoyt's appearance on Austin City Limits:
1.  Will the Circle Be Unbroken(Click here for link to DVDs)
2.  Honeysuckle Rose
3.  Lion in the Winter
4.  Geronimo's Cadillac


  



 


Other Albums and Reissues


Hootenanny at the Troubadour (1963)   Horizon WP-1616

Two songs by Hoyt:  Greenback Dollar and Blues for a Hoot , performed before a live audience.



Hollywood Hootenanny (1963)   Horizon WP-1631

Hoyt sings Thunder 'N Lightnin' with only his guitar accompaniment before a live audience.



 

The Original Hootenanny, Volume 2 (1963) Crestview CRS-7807

Hoyt sings a great version of Downbound Train



 

The Best of Hoyt Axton (1964) VJ-1118

1. Greenback Dollar
2. Thunder'n Lightnin'
3. This Little Light
4. Trombone Charlie
5. Ox Driver's Song
6. Gambler's Blues
7. Sing In The Sunshine
8. Five Hundred Miles
9. Grizzley Bear
10. Hoochie Koochie Man
11. They've Been On Their Jobs Too Long
12. Voodoo Blues

Note:  This album is available on CD - see Hoyt Axton Gold at bottom



 

Greenback Dollar (1964)   VJ-1126

VJ reissue of the 1963 Horizon album with slightly edited version of John Henry



 

Saturday's Child (1964)   VJ-1127

VJ reissue of the 1963 Horizon album



 

Thunder 'N Lightnin' (1964) VJ-1128

VJ reissue of the 1963 Horizon album



 

Star Folk, Volume 4 (1965)   Surrey SS-1023

Two songs by Hoyt:  Young Man and Thunder 'N Lightnin'



 

Saturday's Child (1965) Exodus EX-321

Reissue on the Exodus label



 

Folk '66 (1966) Design DLP-207

Two songs by Hoyt:  Blues for a Hoot and The Fifth Day of July



 

First Vibration (1969)  Do It Now 5000

Hoyt sings The Pusher



 

Sessions (1973) James B. Lansing

Two songs by Hoyt during the recording process:  Captain America and Joy to the World



 

Hoyt Axton Gold (1974)   VJ International VJS 2-1005

Reissue of Hoyt Axton Explodes (1964) and The Best of Hoyt Axton (1964)

Note:  This album is available on CD - see Hoyt Axton Gold at bottom


Long Old Road (1977)   VJ International VJS-6001

Reissue of the 1965 Bessie Smith album



 

Road Songs (1977)   A&M SP-3182

12 songs from Hoyt's earlier A&M albums

1. No No Song
2. Boney Fingers
3. In A Young Girl's Mind
4. Telephone Booth
5. Paid In Advance
6. Lion In The Winter
7. I Love To Sing
8. When The Morning Comes
9. Lay Lady, Lay
10. Sweet Misery
11. Flash Of Fire
12. Less Than The Song


Music from Outlaw Blues (1977) Capitol ST-11691

Hoyt sings Whisper in a Velvet Night in the soundtrack album.  Outlaw Blues starred Peter Fonda.



 

Never Been to Spain (1978)

8 songs from Snowblind Friend and Free Sailin' albums

1. Never Been To Spain
2. You're The Hangnail In My Life
3. Snowblind Friend
4. Poncho And Lefty
5. Water For My Horses
6. Free Sailing
7. The Way Of The World
8. You Taught Me How To Cry (with Tanya Tucker)



 

Bread and Roses (1979) Fantasy F-79011

Music from the 1979 Bread and Roses Festival of Music.  Hoyt sings The Devil.



 

Life Machine (1981)

Reissue with a new album cover



 

Where Did the Money Go? (1981)

Reissue with a new album cover



 

Heartbreak Hotel (1982)   Accord SN-7197

10 of the 12 songs from the 1964 Explodes album

1. Double Dare
2. Young Man
3. Never Gonna Work
4. Bring Your Loving
5. Tiger In The Closet
6. Red, White And Blue
7. Heartbreak Hotel
8. Big Red
9. Lonesome Road
10. I'll Be There



 

Woody Guthrie - Hard Travelin' (1984) Arloco ARL-284

Music from the film soundtrack.  Hoyt sings Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) with Arlo Guthrie



 


CDs that feature Hoyt


Bread and Roses (1990)

Music on CD from the 1977 Bread and Roses Festival.  Hoyt sings Boney Fingers and Evangelina with some rap between the songs.



 

Songs of the Civil War (1991)

CD of music from Ken Burn's production featuring many talented musicians.  Hoyt sings The Yellow Rose of Texas and Oh I'm a Good Old Rebel.



 

American Originals (1992)

Reissue on CD of Hoyt's 1971 Capitol albums Joy to the World and Country Anthem

(Note:  The song "Hey, Mr. Pilot Man" from the Country Anthem album has been omitted from this CD.  In its place, the song "It's Been Fun" has been added.)

1. Never Been To Spain
2. Ease Your Pain
3. Indian Song
4. Lightnin' Bar Blues
5. California Women
6. Joy To The World
7. Alice In Wonderland
8. The Pusher
9. Have A Nice Day
10. My Carolina Sunshine Girl
11. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
12. Thomas Hall
13. The Devil
14. Epistle
15. Officer Ray
16. Better Lovin' Man
17. Heaven
18. Country Anthem
19. Farther Along/Old Time Religion
20. It's Been Fun



 

Lonesome Road (1994)

10 songs on CD from the Bessie Smith (1965) and Explodes (1964) albums

1.   Poor Man's Blues
2.   Me and My Gin
3.   Lonesome Road
4.   Young Man
5.   Big Red
6.   Send Me To The Electric Chair
7.   After You've Gone
8.   Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
9.   Red, White, and Blue
10. Bring Me Some Lovin'



 

The Greatest Stars of Folk Music (1994)

This CD has 19 good songs from the folk era, two of which Hoyt sings from his 1963 Greenback Dollar album:
1. Greenback Dollar
2. Legend of John Henry (modified title but same song)



 

Rusty Old Halo/ Where Did the Money Go (1998)

1. Rusty Old Halo
2. Della And The Dealer
3. The Hotel Ritz
4. So Hard To Give It All Up
5. Evangelina
6. Torpedo
7. Viva Pancho Villa
8. Wild Bull Rider
9. In A Young Girl's Mind
10. Gotta Keep Rollin'
11. Everybody's Goin' On The Road
12. Betty La Rue
13. Boozers Are Loosers
14. Politicians
15. (When You Dance) You Do Not Tango
16. Smile As You Go By
17. Where Did The Money Go?
18. Some People Ride
19. Midnight In Memphis
20. Ease Your Pain
21. The Battle Of New Orleans
22. The House Song



 

Pistol Packin' Mama/ Spin of the Wheel (1998)

1. She's Too Lazy To Be Crazy
2. Pistol Packin' Mama
3. I Walk the Line
4. Don't Fence Me In
5. There Stands the Glass
6. Warm Storms and Wild Flowers
7. He Played Real Good for Free
8. James Dean and The Junkman
9. Indian Song
10. Fearless the Wonder Dog
11. Spin Of The Wheel
12. Heartbreak Hotel
13. We Could've Been Sweethearts
14. Young Man
15. Mr. Winchester's Gun
16. If You're A Cowboy
17. American Dreams
18. Mountain Right
19. Cowboy's On Horses With Wings
20. I Collect Hearts
21. We Were Buccaneers
22. The Weight
23. Thank You, Lord
24. Blue Prelude



 

Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog (1998) Children's album

1.   Joy To The World (Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog)
2.   Oh! Susannah
3.   Don't You Push Me Down
4.   I Had A Rooster
5.   Goin' To The Zoo
6.   On Top Of Spaghetti
7.   It's A Small World
8.   Straighten Up And Fly Right
9.   Pet Parade
10. Big Rock Candy Mountain
11. Jim Along Josie
12. Little White Duck
13. Happy Trails



 

The A&M Years (1999)

Reissue on double CD of all four of Hoyt's A&M albums:

    Less Than the Song (1973)

1. Sweet Misery
2. Less Than The Song
3. Sweet Fantasy
4. Days Are Short
5. Mary Makes Magic
6. Peacemaker
7. Nothin' To Lose
8. Oklahoma Song
9. Mexico City Hangover
10. Hungry Man
11. Somebody Turned On The Light
12. Blue Prelude
    Life Machine (1974)
13. Maybelline
14. Life Machine
15. That's All Right
16. Geronimo's Cadillac
17. When The Morning Comes
18. Good Lookin' Child
19. I Dream Of Highways
20. Pet Parade
21. Telephone Booth
22. Boney Fingers
23. Billie's Theme
    Southbound (1975)
24. I Love To Sing
25. Southbound
26. Lion In The Winter
27. Blind Fiddler
28. Pride Of Man
29. Greensleeves
30. No No Song
31. Nashville
32. Speed Trap (Out Of State Cars)
33. Roll Your Own
34. Whiskey
35. In A Young Girls Mind
36. Sometimes It's Easy
    Fearless (1976)
37. Idol Of The Band
38. Evangelina
39. Flash Of Fire
40. Lay Lady, Lay
41. Jealous Man
42. Paid In Advance
43. An Old Greyhound
44. A Stone And A Feather
45. Gypsy Moth
46. Beyond These Walls
47. Penny Whistle Song
48. The Devil


 

Gotta Keep Rollin':  The Jeremiah Years 1979-1981 (1999)

CD of selections from Hoyt's Jeremiah albums

1.   Della And The Dealer
2.   When The Morinin' Comes
3.   In A Young Girl's Mind
4.   Never Been To Spain
5.   No No Song
6.   A Rusty Old Halo
7.   Evangelina
8.   Boney Fingers
9.   Where Did The Money Go?
10. Pistol Packin' Mama
11. Everybody's Going On The Road
12. Boozers Are Losers
13. Wild Bull Rider
14. Heartbreak Hotel
15. Gotta Keep Rollin'
16. Viva Pancho Villa
17. So Hard To Give It All Up
18. (When You Dance) You Do Not Tango
19. Betty La Rue
20. Midnight In Memphis
21. Battle Of New Orleans
22. Hotel Ritz
23. The House Song
24. The Devil
25. Joy To The World



 

Down and Out/ Trouble (1999) (CD courtesy of long time fan Julie Rose Palmer.)

Ten songs on CD from Hoyt's 1964 and 1965 Explodes and Bessie Smith albums
(Note this CD is a reissue - same songs but different title - of the 1994 CD Lonesome Road):

1.   Poor Man's Blues
2.   Me & My Gin
3.   Lonesome Road
4.   Young Man
5.   Big Red
6.   Send Me To The Electric Chair
7.   After You've Gone
8.   Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
9.   Red, White, and Blue
10. Bring Me Some Lovin'

This CD also has ten songs by Memphis Slim from his "Trouble" album



 

Hoyt Axton (1999) (CD courtesy of fan Ralf Schulze.)

An unusual compilation of songs from Hoyt's early Explodes album mixed with songs from much later albums.

1.   Della and the Dealer
2.   I Love to Sing
3.   Evangelina
4.   Big Red
5.   Double Double Dare
6.   Joy to the World
7.   Never Gonna Work
8.   Southbound
9.   Nashville
10. Red, White, and Blue
11. Lion in Winter
12. Heartbreak Hotel
13. Boney Fingers
14. I'll Be There
15. No No Song
16. Tiger in the Closet



 

Joy to the World/ Country Anthem (2001)

Reissue on CD of Hoyt's 1971 Capitol albums Joy to the World and Country Anthem

1. Joy to the World
2. Alice in Wonderland
3. Never Been to Spain
4. The Pusher
5. Ease Your Pain
6. Have a Nice Day
7. Indian Song
8. California Women
9. Lightnin' Bar Blues
10. Farther Along
11. Old Time Religion
12. My Carolina Sunshine Girl
13. Jambalaya
14. Officer Ray
15. Epistle
16. Heaven
17. Better Lovin' Man
18. Hey, Mr. Pilot Man
19. The Devil
20. Thomas Hall
21. Country Anthem
22. It's Been Fun (extra track)



 

Hoyt Axton - Gold (2001)

Reissue on CD of Hoyt's 1964 VJ albums Explodes and Best of Hoyt Axton

1. Never Gonna Work
2. Bring Your Lovin'
3. Tiger in the Closet
4. Red White & Blue
5. L.A. Town
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Big Red
8. Lonesome Road
9. I'll Be There
10. Double Dare
11. ABC Song
12. Young Man
13. Greenback Dollar
14. Thunder'n Lightnin'
15. This Little Light
16. Trombone Charlie
17. Ox Driver's Song
18. Gambler's Blues
19. Sing In The Sunshine
20. Five Hundred Miles
21. Grizzley Bear
22. Hoochie Koochie Man
23. They've Been On Their Jobs Too Long
24. Voodoo Blues



 

Hoyt Axton - Flashes of Fire (2004)

A compilation CD of Hoyt's music from 1962 through 1990

1. Greenback Dollar (live version)
2. Smoky
3. It's All Right Now
4. Snow Blind Friend
5. The Pusher
6. Never Been to Spain
7. Joy to the World
8. Officer Ray
9. Heaven
10. Sweet Misery
11. Less Than the Song
12. When the Morning Comes
13. Boney Fingers
14. No No Song
15. Lion in the Winter
16. In a Young Girl's Mind
17. Evangelina
18. Flash of Fire
19. Light This Candle
20. Free Sailin'
21. Della and the Dealer
22. A Rusty Old Halo
23. Where Did the Money Go?
24. Spin of the Wheel
25. Fearless the Wonder Dog




Publications

Hoyt has two songbooks that were published in the 1970's:

The first one was Hoyt Axton Guitar, with no date but was published sometime in the early 70's.  

Here are the song's listed in Hoyt Axton Guitar:

In 1975, Hoyt published Life Machine with more songs:

Here's an example:

Hoyt was also an artist.  Here is a copy of his line drawing book:

These songbooks and artwork are long obsolete, but if you keep your eye out on websites like Ebay,  and do a search for "hoyt axton", you can sometime find these rare copies.



 
Photos and other Information



               If you're interested in Hoyt's early music on CD, click here .



HOYT at AGE 5


Hoyt's family in 1943


Hoyt in high school


Hoyt with his Navy buddies (Jerry Freitas on the left)


Hoyt in 1963

Hoyt and his dad at The Golden Bear

Hoyt with Doug Dillard

Hoyt with Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie


Memorial poster courtesy of Jim Stenseth


If you're interested in my past history with Hoyt's music, starting over 40 years ago, click here .


Questions or comments? You can email me at: ray@hoytsmusic.com

If you see any mistakes or I've missed something, please let me know.

Best regards,
Ray Kawal