GARY S. PAXTON - TESTIMONY - PARTIAL - LESS THAN - (ABOUT TWO PER-CENT OF IT)

MY NAME IS GARY S. PAXTON - I'M A COMPOSER/WRITER - - I'M NOT A PERFORMER - I DON'T DO CONCERTS - I DON'T CLAIM TO BE A SINGER - I'M A WRITER - I HATE MY TESTIMONY - I'M ASHAMED OF MY TESTIMONY - BUT. I SHARE IT - IF JUST ONE PERSON CAN FIND J E S US!!! THE BEST TESTIMONY Il~ THE WORLD IS SAVED AT SIX - CALLED INTO THE MINISTRY AT SEVEN . . . . AND HEADED FOR HEAVEN - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

I WAS BORN 69 YEARS AGO IN COFFEYVILLE, KS - I WAS RAISED ON A FARM - - NO ELECTRICITY, NO PLUlV1BIJ~G - - NO WATER - WE PULLED IT OUT OF A WELL BY HAND .....

I WAS MOLESTED WHEN I WAS 7 - I STARTED WRITING SONGS WHEN I WAS 10 - I HAD SPINAL MENINGITIS AT AGE 11. WE MOVED TO ARIZONA WHEN! WAS 12 YEARS OLD. I HAD MY OWN ROCK AND ROLL BAND BY THE TIME I WAS 14 YEARS OLD. I WROTE MY :FIRST M1LLION SELLER WHEN I WAS 16 YEARS OLD - RECORDED IT AT AGE 17. THE SONG WAS "IT WAS I" - I WAS 18 YEARS OLD WHEN THE SONG CAME OUT BY SKIP AND FLIP.

RIGHT AFTER I TURNED 18 - I HAD TO REGISTER FOR THE DRAFT. ONE DAY WHEN I WAS SITTING IN A RESTAURANT A WOMAN WALKED UP TO ME AND SAID, "MAY I TALK WITH YOU I'M YOUR MOTHER! ... I WAS IN TOTAL SHOCK - I HAD NEVER BEEN TOLD I WAS ADOPTED ... I WAS 'VERY CONFUSED. IN THE SAME TIME FRAME MY FIRST RECORD "IT WAS I  BY SKIP AND FLIP WAS OUT .... 1 WENT TO NEW YORK, DID TV SHOWS AND TOURS WITH THE GREAT ALAN FREED (WHO NAMED) ROCK & ROLL AND THE DICK CLARK TOURS ... INSTANT STARDOM ...

TOO MUCH TOO FAST AFTER BEING SO-O-O POOR FOR SO-O-O LONG.

WE THEN CUT "CHERRY PIE" IT WAS A MILLION SELLER .. I WENT TO HOLLYWOOD IN 1959 AND THERE I CUT "ALLEY-OOP" IT WAS A MULTI-MILLION SELLER. .. I WAS PART OF THE SUNSET STRIP HIPPIE MOVEMENT - THE SEA WITCH - THE WHISKEY A-GO-GO ETC. A YEAR OR SO LATER I PRODUCED "MONSTER MASH" - A MILLION SELLER - 3 TIMES - 1962-1967-1974 ... 1 CUT MANY MILLION SELLERS WITH TOMMY ROE AND THE ASSOCIATION, PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS, MANY JAZZ ARTISTS INCL1JDING THE FOUR FRESHMAN AND VARIOUS JAZZ STARS.

MY MOTHER TOLD ME SHE WAS 1/2 NATIVE AMERICAN-KICKAPOO INDIAN AND 1/2 SCOTCH AND THAT MY FATHER WAS 1/2 JEWISH AND 1/2 RED-HEADED IRISHMAN - SO. THAT MAKES ME AN lNJU. I DID A LOT OF SOCIAL WORK WITH THE YAKKI INDIANS IN THE PlUTE MOUNTAINS ... 1 MOVED TO BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA - HAD A LAKE MARINA HOTEL & CABINS IN THE MOUNTAINS - RADIO SHOW, MUSIC STORE! UNFORTUNATELY, I WOUND UP IN A MENTAL INSTITUTIONS TWICE - ONCE FOR ALCOHOLISM AND ONCE FOR DRUGS. I HAD SEVERAL RECORDING STUDIOS IN HOLLYWOOD AND BAKERSFIELD FROM 1959 TO 1970 WHERE I PRODUCED OVER 1000 ARTISTS ... HOWEVER, IN 1970 DUE TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL I LOST IT

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I DECIDED TO MOVE TO NASHVILLE, TN. IN 1970. I SOON WROTE MANY HITS IN NASHVILLE AND PRODUCED MANY HITS ALSO. I PRODUCED ABOUT 700 ARTISTS IN NASHVILLE IN 29 YEARS. I WAS VERY STRUNG OUT li~ ALL WAYS A~1> IN 1971 MY PARTNER COMMITTED SUICIDE ... IT STOPPED ME IN MY TRACKS .. I WALKED INTO A CHURCH STONED AND GOT SAVED .. 1 CONTINUED TO H..4.. VE MANY COUNTRY AND GOSPEL HITS .. NUMBER 1'S AS AN ARTIST - WRITER - PUBLISHER - PRODUCER ETC., .. A LOT OF BIG TV SHOWS .. 700 CLUB - PTL - ETC., IN 1980 TWO MEN WERE HIRED TO MURDER ME OVER A CONTRACT DISPUTE .. THEY BEAT MY HEAD IN WITH A PIPE - - BROKE BOTH OF MY SHOULDERS - SHOT ME THREE TIMES WITH A .38 WHILE I CONTINUED TO YELL" IN THE NAME OF J E S U S YOU CAN'T KILL ME!" WHILE I WAS DOWN SICK - MY STUDIO PARTNER EMBEZZLED ME OUT OF A 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS - THE FDIC FORCED ME THROUGH INVOLUNTARY BANKRUPTCY AND TOOK ALL OF MY ROYALTIES FOR 10 YEARS - THEN THE IRS BILLED ME FOR $432,000.00 FOR THE MONEY THE FDIC TOOK. I THEN GOT BLEEDING ULCERS, LOST 80% OF MY BLOOD - STARTED HAVING A STROKE - I WAS RUSHED TO BAPTIST HOSPITAL, I WAS GIVEN 8 BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS -THEY GAVE ME HEP C IN THE BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS FROM 1990 ON. MY WIFE, VICKI SUE HELPED ME MOVE TO BRANSON n~ 1999 - WE GOT MARRIED ON VALENTINES DAY - 2002 - I'VE WRITTEN WELL OVER 2,000 SONGS - OVER 600 RECORDED - ABOUT 150 OF THEM HITS IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

"HE WAS THERE ALL THE TIME" HAS BEEN RECORDED OVER 100 TIMES IN 5 LANGUAGES. I'VE WRITTEN MANY SONGS WITH BILL AND GLORIA GAITHER .. I'M NOT A PERFORMER - I'M A WRITER!!! MY FAVORITE SONG IS "I'D RATHER HAVE JESUS".