Top 5 Songs To Get Me Thru The Week – Wednesday

Wednesday, and I’m working hard, and probably you are too. Although, hopefully you’re taking some time out to read this blog. Still, what does all this hard work give us? We’ll turn to Hoyt Axton for an answer.

Good old Hoyt Axton. What can I say about the great man? He had a good friend who was a bullfrog called Jeremiah. He also played the inventor dad who brought home Gizmo in Gremlins. And in between all of that he sang songs. His songs are a little bit folk and a little bit country but they can also be pure pop, such as when Three Dog Night took Hoyt’s Joy to the World to the world at large. Sometimes his songs even rocked; Steppenwolf’s The Pusher as seen/heard in Easy Rider is actually a Hoyt Axton song from a few years earlier. By the way that’s Linda Ronstadt sharing vocal duties with him on this song.
Hoyt’s mother was also involved in the music scene, having co-penned Heartbreak Hotel for Elvis Presley.
So I hope you enjoyed this mid week down tempo song. Tune in tomorrow for the next instalment.

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2 Responses to Top 5 Songs To Get Me Thru The Week – Wednesday

  1. ultimatelyuplifting says:

    Loved this, but then I am a bit of a country fan, loved the Man in Black and I have a Linda Ronstadt record. I think Dolly may have borrowed some of this tune for one of her songs, it sounds familiar. Surprised to hear he was responsible for Jeremiah; the things you learn. Must have another look at Easy Rider. I enjoyed Born to be Wild but don’t remember The Pusher, I guess not a lot of people do!
    You are full of amazing facts Aroulon.

  2. arotulon says:

    From memory The Pusher was played early on in the film, i think around the time Phil Spector had his cameo as a drug buyer, but hey, it has been awhile since I took that particular trip.
    The song goes “God Damn The Pusher Man”. Steppenwolf’s version rocks it up while in Hoyt’s he really growls the condemnation. Hoyt also did a song called Snowblind Friend, about a drug user which is chillingly sad.

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