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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018

Tom Paxton and the Don Juans

Tom Paxton has done over fifty concert tours of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland and has recorded over fifty albums of his own songs. Recordings of his songs by other artists number in the hundreds and include artists such as Bob Dylan; Johnny Cash; Willie Nelson; Dolly Parton; Judy Collins; John Denver; Joan Baez; and Peter, Paul & Mary, to name just a few. Paxton began his performing career in Greenwich Village, New York City, in 1960, coming in on weekends from Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he was toiling away in the army’s clerk-typist school. He used his typewriter one day to compose his famous song for children, “The Marvelous Toy,” which later became a hit for the Chad Mitchell Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Paxton stayed in New York and put in several years playing in now-legendary coffee houses such as the Gaslight and befriending other singers such as Dave Van Ronk (nicknamed “The Mayor of Macdougal Street”), Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Eric Andersen.

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