Folk musician best known for Joy to the World and The Pusher. He was prominent in the early 1960s.
He attended Oklahoma State University.
He was inducted into the Oklahoma Country Music Hall of Fame eight years after his death.
He married fourth wife Deborah Hawkins in 1997. His mother was Mae Boren Axton, who co-wrote Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley's first major hit.
He was in the 1984 film Gremlins with Phoebe Cates.