Psychobilly singer Mojo Nixon dies at 66
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Psychobilly singer Mojo Nixon dies at 66

Thursday, February 8, 2024 – Psychobilly singer Mojo Nixon, best known for novelty songs including. "Elvis is Everywhere," died on Wednesday at 66 after suffering a cardiac incident on a music cruise.

Nixon, who teamed up with Skid Roper during his music career, hosted and performed on the Outlaw Country Cruise when he had the incident. The New York Times reported that Nixon was sleeping with the boat docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico when he passed.

Nixon also was known for his songs "Don Henley Must Die" and "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child."

Nixon was born Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Aug. 2, 1957. After college, he was headed to law school, but abandoned that for music.

He started working with Roper in the 1980s with Rper offering instrumental backup to Nixon's lyrics. They released their first album in 1985 on Enigma Records, "Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper."

Their 1987 release, "Bo-Day-Shus!!!" featured "Elvis is Everywhere."

The duo recorded other songs lampooning music people including MTV VJ Martha Quinn, in "Stuffin' Martha's Muffin," and Rick Astley and Gibson, in "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child".

MTV refused to air the video for "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant ...," leading Nixon to cut ties to the station.

Nixon and Roper split in 1989. Nixon recorded a solo album, "Otis," on Enigma Records the following year. That disc included "Don Henley Must Die." Much to Nixon's surprise, Henley got up on stage with Nixon to perform the song at an Austin club in 1992.

Enigma folded, and Nixon released more music on small labels. He later did albums with Jello Biafra and members of the Beat Farmers.]

He retired from music in 2004, but came ut of retirement to release "Whiskey Rebellion," in 2009. That would be his final album.

Nixon also acted in several movies including the Jerry Lewis biopic, "Great Balls of Fire."

In recent years, Nixon was a a radio host on Sirius XM on the Outlaw Country channel.

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