Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton (* 31. October 1937 in Chicago; actually Thomas's R. Paxton) is an US-American Folksänger, Songwriter and a child book author.


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selection) of 4 books for children 5 Web on the left of [works on] lives born as a youngest child of Burton and Esther Paxton after Bristow, Oklahoma, where he grows up and which he regards as his homeland. After conclusion of the Bristow High School it begins a study at the University OF Oklahoma with the speciality drama, turns however ever more the Folk music . While its military service in the US army (Army Reserves) it is stationed in New York town center, where it remains after its dismissal and at the beginning of the 60's in the Folk mash IC scene of Greenwich many situation becomes domestic. Its it has first appearances in the coffee house “The Gaslight”, which produces 1962 also its first plate. 1963 he marries his Mrs. Midge, with whom he has the daughters Jennifer and Kate as well as three grandsons. 1964 it taken by the company Elektra record under contract, which publishes its most well-known early Songs, 1965 tourt it for the first time by Great Britain, where it is since that time at least once per year on tour. Except in the USA and Great Britain Tom Paxton on numerous tours in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries arose.


Tom Paxton is an author of several hundred Folksongs, from those “The load Thing on My Mind”, “Ramblin' Boy”, “Bottle OF Wine”, “Whose guards which This? ”, “What Did You Learn in School Today?” and “Peace wants Come” became most well-known, as well as from numerous songs for children like “Goin' ton of The zoo” or “The Marvelous Toy”. Besides it stepped out as a child book author with so far 16 titles like “The story OF Santa Claus” and “Goin' ton of The zoo”. He was nominated twice for the Grammy: 2002 for its child CD “Your Shoes, My Shoes” and 2003 in the category “best contemporary Folk album” for its CD “Looking For The Moon”. In addition, it published about 40 own albums, was taken up songs of Tom Paxton by hundreds of other artists.

Tom Paxton stands in the tradition of the politically left-wing oriented, socialcritical Folk movement, how she is represented for instance by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Apart from romantic dear songs Songs with political statement, of the movement constitute the majority of its work against the Viet Nam war in the 60's up to the fight against the Bush government and the religious rights at the beginning 21. Century. In addition also in such a way specified belong “short would shelf-run songs” (“songs with short durability duration”), usually short mockery songs on current political events, which it sings in the initial part of its concerts, but because of their short-lived time bindingness not when admission publishes.

Paxton is an important figure in the American Folk scene. It supported and becomes estimated numerous young musicians and musicians in their beginnings from many musician colleagues because of its unselfishness and Grossherzigkeit.

albums (selection)

  • I'm the one That Built the Bridges (1962) (Gaslight)
  • Ramblin' Boy (1964) (Elektra)
  • Ain't That news (1965) (Elektra)
  • Outward Bound (1966) (Elektra)
  • Morning Again (1967) (Elektra)
  • Peace wants Come (1972) (Reprise)
  • Heroes (1978) (Vanguard)
  • One million Lawyers and OTHER Disasters (1985) (Flying fish record)
  • Loving You (1986) Flying fish record)
  • Politics live one (1988) (Flying fish record)
  • It Ain't Easy (1991) (Flying fish record)
  • Even A Grey Day (1992) (Flying fish record)
  • Wearing The Time (1994) (Sugar Hill)
  • Under American Skies (2001) (Appleseed)
  • Looking For The Moon (2002) (Appleseed)

CDs for children:

  • Goin' ton of The zoo (1997)
  • I've Got A Yo-Yo (1997)
  • A Child's Christmas (1997)
  • Fun Food Songs (1999)
  • Your Shoes, My Shoes (2001)

books for children

  • Aesop's Fables (1988)
  • Jennifer's Rabbit (1988)
  • The story OF Santa Claus (1995)
  • Goin' ton of The zoo (1996)
  • The Jungle baseball Game (1999)

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