On October 26, 1999, singer/songwriter/actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack. He was 61 years old.
Hoyt's songs included "Joy to the World" and "Never Been to Spain," which were hits by Three Dog Night, "The Pusher" by Steppenwolf, and The No-No Song" by Ringo Starr. He also had hits with his own songs, including "When the Morning Comes," which featured Linda Ronstadt on harmony vocals, and "Bony Fingers," which contains simple truth: "Work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Bony fingers."
Hoyt's mother, Mae Boren Axton, co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel."