Songs You May Have Missed #292

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Hoyt Axton: “Boney Fingers” (Live) (1979)

Hoyt Axton wrote more than a few songs popularized by others:

  • “Greenback Dollar” (Kingston Trio)
  • “The Pusher” and “Snowblind Friend” (Steppenwolf)
  • “No-No Song” (Ringo Starr)
  • “Never Been To Spain” and “Joy to the World” (Three Dog Night)

As several of the above songs suggest, Axton didn’t shy from dealing either frankly or humorously with the subject of drug use, with which he was acquainted due to his own cocaine addiction struggles.

Axton was also a familiar face on big and small screen. In addition to roles in nearly 20 movies he appeared on such TV shows as Bonanza, Dukes of Hazzard, I Dream of Jeannie, McCloud, Murder She Wrote, and Growing Pains.

His own live rendition (better than the studio) of his minor hit “Boney Fingers” was a highlight of the Bread & Roses folk festival late in the 70’s.

Gratitude to my late brother Jim for playing this record for me so many years ago.

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