Tom Paxton

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Legal name: Thomas Richard Paxton


Thomas Richard "Tom" Paxton (born October 31, 1937) is an American folk singer-songwriter who has had a music career spanning more than fifty years. In 2009, Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is noteworthy as a music educator as well as an advocate for folk singers to combine traditional songs with new compositions.

Paxton's songs have been widely covered, including modern standards such as "The Last Thing on My Mind", "Bottle of Wine", "Whose Garden Was This", "The Marvelous Toy", and "Ramblin' Boy". Paxton's songs have been recorded by Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, The Weavers, Judy Collins, Sandy Denny, Joan Baez, Doc Watson, Harry Belafonte, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Seekers, Marianne Faithfull, The Kingston Trio, the Chad Mitchell Trio, John Denver, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, Willie Nelson, Flatt & Scruggs, The Move, The Fireballs, and many others (see covers). He has performed thousands of concerts around the world.

Paxton's songs can be emotionally effective and cover a wide range of topics, from the serious and profound to the lighthearted and comical. "What Did You Learn in School Today?" mocks the way children are often taught nationalism and a subservience to authority. "Jimmy Newman" is the story of a dying soldier and "My Son John" is a song about a soldier who comes back home and cannot even begin to describe what he has been through. "Beau John" is a civil rights era song about taking a stand against racial injustice. "A Thousand Years" tells the tale of Neo-Nazi uprising, and "Train for Auschwitz" is about the Holocaust. "On the Road from Srebrenica" is about Bosnian Muslims who were killed in a 1995 massacre in Bosnia and Herzegovina. "The Bravest" is a song about the firefighters who died while trying to save others on September 11, 2001. Then there are Paxton's "short shelf life songs", which are topical songs about current events and things in the news. They include: "In Florida", about the 2000 election; "Without DeLay", a song about the former congressman; "Bobbitt", about John and Lorena Bobbitt; "Little Bitty Gun", which lampoons Nancy Reagan; "I'm Changing My Name to Chrysler", about the federal loan guarantee to Chrysler in 1979 (which was rewritten in 2008 as "I Am Changing My Name to Fannie Mae" about the 700 billion dollar "bailout of the U.S. financial system"); "The Ballad of Spiro Agnew" (mocking the short career of the former-Vice President's resignation), and "Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation" (about the Vietnam War, which became "George W. Told the Nation" in 2007 to lampoon the 2003 invasion of Iraq).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Ramblin' Boy Tom Paxton 2
1965 Ain't That News Tom Paxton 1
1966 Outward Bound Tom Paxton 3
1968 Morning Again Tom Paxton 1
1969 The Things I Notice Now Tom Paxton 2
1970 6 Tom Paxton 1
1971 How Come the Sun Tom Paxton 1
1972 Peace Will Come Tom Paxton 1
1974 Children's Songbook Tom Paxton 1
1975 Something in My Life Tom Paxton 1
1977 New Songs From the Briarpatch Tom Paxton 1
1978 Heroes Tom Paxton 1
1980 The Paxton Report Tom Paxton 1
1983 Bulletin... Tom Paxton 1
1983 Even a Gray Day Tom Paxton 1
1985 One Million Lawyers and Other Disasters Tom Paxton 1
1986 And Loving You Tom Paxton 1
1994 Wearing the Time Tom Paxton 1
1997 Goin' to the Zoo Tom Paxton 1
1997 I've Got a Yo-Yo Tom Paxton 1
2002 Looking for the Moon Tom Paxton 1
2002 Your Shoes, My Shoes Tom Paxton 1
2003 American Troubadour Tom Paxton 1
2004 Best of Friends Tom Paxton, Anne Hills & Bob Gibson 1
2008 Comedians & Angels Tom Paxton 1
2015 Redemption Road Tom Paxton 1
A Child's Christmas Tom Paxton 1
It Ain't Easy Tom Paxton 1
Under American Skies Tom Paxton and Anne Hills 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Very Best of Tom Paxton Tom Paxton 1
2000 Best of the Vanguard Years Tom Paxton 1
2004 Outward Bound & Morning Again Tom Paxton 1
2010 Original Album Series Tom Paxton 1
Ramblin' Boy & Ain't That News Tom Paxton 1
The Best of Tom Paxton: I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound Tom Paxton 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 The Complete Tom Paxton / Recorded Live Tom Paxton 1
1973 New Songs for Old Friends Tom Paxton 1
1979 Up & Up Tom Paxton 1
1988 Politics: Live Tom Paxton 1
1996 Live for the Record Tom Paxton 1
1998 Live in Concert Tom Paxton 1
2001 Live From Mountain Stage Tom Paxton 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Marvelous Toy Tom Paxton 1

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